Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Hugh Jackman Pays Tribute to Wolverine Creator Len Wein

Hugh Jackman Pays Tribute to Wolverine Creator Len Wein

He passed away aged 69.

"And he was just a nice guy who took pride in a medium that many wrongly dismissed".

Wein conceived Swamp Thing with artist Bernie Wrightson, whom The Walking Dead dedicated its Season 7 finale to and had a walker of him created in tribute.

At Marvel in the 1970s, Wein introduced a number of key X-Men characters, including Wolverine, who first appeared in 1974, and Nightcrawler, who debuted the following year. That recruiting effort was another game-changer for comics, as it launched the American career of Moore, often regarded as the greatest comic-book writer of all time. He wrote or edited nearly every major DC character, there's hardly a facet of DC's world that Len didn't touch.

"Not every writer can be a good editor", said Geoff Johns, president and CCO of DC Entertainment.

I last saw Len at this year's San Diego Comic-Con International, where we both represented the pros for the fan-pro Trivia Challenge.

Wein continued a magnificent, golden run on comics throughout his career even though he bounced between the duties of writer and the undervalued role of editor, being a guiding influence on The New Teen Titans, Batman and the Outsiders, and Who's Who in the DC Universe amongst many.

Wein was a beloved figure in the comic book industry where several of his peers paid tribute to him on Sunday.

Marvel also released a message last night, one that spoke of Wein's huge "contributions to the Marvel Universe as writer, editor, and member of the Marvel family".

Wein also worked as an editor on many titles, including groundbreaking DC series Watchmen and Camelot 3000. Wolverine, of course, is among the most popular of the X-Men.

"I'd hazard a guess that no other creator of his era had originated or co-originated more characters and concepts that would later be turned into media projects".

In addition to his work in comics, Wein also penned episodes of animated series "Spider-Man", "X-Men", "The Superhero Squad Show" and "Batman: The Animated Series". Many of Wein's creations crossed mediums and here is his reaction after seeing Logan in the theaters in March. Wein's family can be assured that he has left a very strong legacy when it comes to comics. When we met in 2008, I said to him...

Hugh Jackman, who has portrayed Wolverine on screen for almost two decades, said Sunday that he first met Wein in 2008, tweeting: "From his heart, mind & hands came the greatest character in comics". He co-created so many characters, and his fingerprints are on so numerous biggest events that ever happened in comics.

Wein is responsible for some works from DC Comics that are near to my heart.

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