Hugh Jackman Pays Tribute to Wolverine Co-Creator Len Wein

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Tributes to the writer have poured in across social media overnight, with Brian Michael Bendis, Neil Gaiman and more reflecting on Wein's legendary career on and off the page. We offer our condolences to his family and friends during this hard time. He spent time at both DC and Marvel throughout his career, with his creations including Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, and Swamp Thing. Wolverine is able to self-regenerate. In the early 1970s, he co-created the antiheroes Wolverine and Swamp Thing for Marvel and DC Comics respectively. With artists Herb Trimpe and John Romita Sr. during his celebrated run on The Incredible Hulk in issue #181. But it was Wein's relaunch, alongside artist Dave Cockrum, that helped kickstart the era that would turn the X-Men into some of the most successful multimedia characters of the last 50 years, with Wolverine himself spinning off into countless solo titles, and immortalised on-screen by Hugh Jackman. He continued working for DC as well, taking on such notable heroes as The Flash, Supergirl, and Superman.

His idea of a culturally and ethnically diverse team of mutants gave way to the modern X-Men, today portrayed in the film franchise.

In 2008 he was inducted into the Will Eisner comic book hall of fame.

Friends and colleagues took to Twitter to express their condolences. He wrote for a number of animated series and contributed to a Conan story for Dark Horse Comics before once again returning to DC Comics. "He was one of the nicest people I've met, in 30 years in comics". My love and condolences to his wife.

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With so many X-Men comics, spin-offs, TV shows, video games, action figures and blockbuster movies, it's easy to forget that X-Men was originally cancelled without a proper ending over five years before Giant-Sized X-Men #1 due to low sales; being relegated to a reprint title for all those years in between.

Len Wein was the warmest of men who, like a creative flame, seemingly touched most everything in mainstream superhero comics. "I told him, from his heart, mind & hands came the greatest character in comics".

While at DC he would create the characters of Swamp Thing - later expanded upon and popularized by Alan Moore - and Wayne Enterprise executive Lucius Fox.

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