Spider-Man Writer Lein Wein Passes Away At Age 69


Len Wein wrote my very first issue of Amazing Spider-Man and made me a life-long fan. My first Spider-Man that I remember was Marvel Team Up Annual #2. After that I got a three pack of Marvel comics bagged. Inside the bag were Amazing Spider-Man # 178, Incredible Hulk #222 and Captain America # 223. I read those three books so many times and they were tattered as only a three year old kid could do.
Wein passed away this weekend after undergoing a recent surgery earlier this month. Wein was the third writer to take on Spider-Man in his Amazing title. He had big shoes to fill after Stan Lee and Gerry Conway both knocked it out of the park. Wein’s lasted from Amazing Spider-Man #151-180. His run didn’t change the course of Peter’s life too much, but he did have some highlights.
*He co-created Stegron the Living Dinosaur Man in Marvel Team Up # 19
*He married Betty and Ned Leeds
*He brought back Hammerhead as a Ghost.
*He had Bart Hamilton take over the Green Goblin role from Harry Osborn
*Co-Created the Will-O-Wisp
*He wrote Amazing Spider-Man #153 titled the “Longest Hundred Yards.” It’s a personal favorite of our own Spider-Historian JR. It was also released the year and month I was born.
Spider-Man was just a blip on his mark on comics. He will always be known for co-creating Wolverine, Storm and Nightcrawler.
Check out this fun interview with Conway, Wein and Marv Wolfman who took over the Amazing book from Wein.

Rest in peace Mr. Wein and thank you for a lifetime of entertainment. Thanks to Bertone for snapping this Crawlspace love pic of Wein back in 2010. 

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(4) Comments

  1. Masked Guy

    R.I.P. Len Wein. I may have not been a big fan of his stint on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, but I acknowledge his talent and greatly respect his contributions to the industry as a whole. Thank you, Mr. Wein.

  2. James W.

    Even though the man himself is gone, his work will live on forever. Condolences to his family and friends. RIP Len. You will be missed.

  3. MadGoblin

    He also kick started Harry and Liz's relationship, Jonah's and Marla Madison's relationship, tossed Spidey's clone down the smokestack which has resulted in decades of trauma for spider-fans, and brought back the Burglar (although Marv Wolfman finished off that story). That said, just another reminder that we're not guaranteed anything or any amount of time and need to appreciate our legends as long as we have them. RIP, Len.

  4. Frontier

    God, Len Wein? We've lost another great. RIP Mr. Wein. Thank you for all the contributions you've made to comics and the medium over the years, and the variety of heroes, villains, and characters you've created in the course of your career. My condolences to his friends and family.

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