Legendary comic book writer and editor Len Wein has died.
He was 69.
Wein helped revive the “X-Men” franchise in 1975 with artist Dave Cockrum, creating characters including Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus and Thunderbird.
A year earlier, in “The Incredible Hulk” #180, he debuted Wolverine, who eventually joined the “X-Men” team in later years.
In the late ‘80s, Wein left Marvel for DC Comics, where he worked as a writer and later an editor.
His work included “Batman” and “Green Lantern,” as well as editing Alan Moore’s and Dave Gibbons’ “Watchmen” and “Swamp Thing,” also by Moore.
Wein spent three years as editor-in-chief at Disney Comics in the early 1990sbefore moving on to writing for TV comics, including “X-Men,” “Batman” and “Spider-Man.”
In 2012, Wein told the Daily News that Hugh Jackman was “perfect” for the role of Wolverine.
Wein was known best for his roles in the creation of “Wolverine,” “Watchmen” and “Swamp Thing.”
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“From the moment I first saw him on screen with his back to the camera standing in the cage [in the first ‘X-Men’ movie], I thought, ‘Oh my God, they got him,'” he said.
“He’s 6-foot-3 and Wolverine’s supposed to be 5-foot-3. The first time we met, he said to me, ‘I’m sorry I’m so tall.’ I said, ‘That’s okay, you play him short really well.'”
Wein’s cause of death is still unclear.
“I just learned that my friend and writing inspiration @LenWein passed away this morning. My love and condolences to his wife, @mcvalada,” wrote Neil Gaiman.
“He wrote Swamp Thing, Phantom Stranger, & my favourite Batman stories. He showed 12 year old me that comics could be literature. Len Wein was the editor who brought the British creators to DC. He was one of the nicest people I’ve met, in 30 years in comics. He will be missed. And I will miss him.”