Horror News Network’s 2017 Comic Awards: Len Wein Named Horror Comic Honoree of the Year

Horror News Network is proud to honor Len Wein as this year’s Horror Comic Award Honoree.

The world of comics lost another giant when Len Wein passed away in September of this year.   Wein was not only responsible for the creation of Wolverine in the seminal Incredible Hulk #181 (along with the late Herb Trimpe), but he also wrote the adventures of “the Green Goliath” for five consecutive years in the 1970’s, one of the longest tenures on the title by any writer to date.

And speaking of “green”, Wein was also responsible for the creation of one of the greatest horror characters in the history of comics: The Swamp Thing.  Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson captured the attention of all horror comic fans in House of Secrets #92 (1971) which introduced Dr. Alec Holland and his more famous mossy alter-ego to the world.  Due to the “muck monster’s” immediate popularity with fans, Swamp Thing soon earned his own series, running for a total of 24 issues (with Wein scripting the first 13 issues).

Wein was also Alan Moore’s editor on the relaunch of the character in the early 1980’s entitled Saga of The Swamp Thing, and under his guidance, Moore made the series one of the greatest ever published.  Friend and long-time admirer Neil Gaiman pointed this out when he learned of  Wein’s passing, saying that “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.” Gaiman also paid Wein the highest compliment possible for a writer of comic books, stating that “He showed 12 year old me that comics could be literature.”

Wein would also work with Moore in redefining the Comics medium with The Watchmen and would continue to write and edit comic books until his untimely death this fall.  Over the course of his career, Wein impacted the industry like few others.  He will certainly be missed by fans and fellow creators alike.

 

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Nick Banks
Staff Writer at Horror News Network
Nick joined the website in 2015. His lifelong love of comics and horror began with Universal Monsters and the Incredible Hulk. He has fond memories of going to Waldbaum’s supermarket with his mother and being rewarded with a 3-pack of sealed comics. It’s been all downhill from there… Since those early days, his life has been immersed in four color action and scares on the silver screen.
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