Both Marvel Comics and DC Entertainment have confirmed the passing of famed comics writer and editor Len Wein on Sunday, September 10, 2017.  He was 69.  Wein wrote his first story for DC Comics in 1968, and for Marvel in 1970, and continued a prolific career through the 00s, with his most productive period in the 1970s and 1980s.   

He wrote extensively for both Marvel and DC, where he co-created numerous powerhouse properties,  including Swamp Thing with Bernie Wrightson, the new X-Men with Dave Cockrum, and Wolverine with John Romita Sr. and Herb Trimpe.  He was editor-in-chief at Marvel and at Disney Comics, and an editor at DC, where he worked on Watchmen among many other important titles.  His writing also included scripts for animated TV series in the 00s. 

Wein was often seen with his longtime friend and collaborator Marvel Wolfman, with whom he started at DC in the 60s. 

Wein’s passing was marked by numerous comics creators and publishers, including both of the Big Two.

Marvel’s statement:
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Len Wein’s passing, and send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Len’s contributions to the Marvel Universe as writer, editor, and member of the Marvel family will never be forgotten. He will be missed.”

DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio’s statement:
"Saddened to hear of the passing of my longtime friend and colleague Len Wein. He was a constant source of inspiration and his spirit and creativity was something every professional should aspire to. He will be missed by many but his work will continue to entertain for generations."

We always found Wein to be congenial and creative, a great combination.  Our condolences to his family.