Len Wein, a Levittown native who co-created the comic-book characters Wolverine and Swamp Thing and served as a Marvel Comics editor-in-chief, died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 69.
“He has given the industry characters that will live on forever,” said his friend, television writer and comics historian Mark Evanier. “This was a man of infinite good humor who loved comic books and loved people who loved comic books.”
Wein had been undergoing dialysis and struggling with ill health for years. “There’s no official cause yet. His great big heart just gave out,” said his wife, photographer and attorney Christine Valada.
“Blessed to have known Len Wein,” tweeted Hugh Jackman, who played the gruff superhero Wolverine in several movies based on Marvel’s “X-Men” comics. “I first met him in 2008. I told him — from his heart, mind & hands came the greatest character in comics.” Filmmaker Joss Whedon tweeted that Wein “Co-created Wolverine & the new X-men. Co-kickstarted the modern comic book era with its most powerful metaphor” of discrimination against those born with mutant abilities that make them different.”
Leonard Norman Wein was born in New York on June 12, 1948, and raised in the Bronx until…
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