Len Wein at Comicon
On April 6, 2009, the legendary creator of such characters as Swamp Thing, Storm, Nightcrawler, and a little-known fella named Wolverine, lost half his home to a house fire.
According to Author Harlan Ellison on his website, the fire was caused by power surge that went through the electrical system and shorting out a wall heater. It sparked and caught fire that spread from towels, curtains, and other bathroom items. The fire spread through the ceiling and walls. His wife, Christine Valada was working when this mess started. Wein woke up and was able to not only avoid the fire, but to wake up Christine's son Michael, who was knocked out asleep in another room. All three individuals and the house dog, Sheba escaped the home, but unfortunately Sheba ran back in and was a victim to the fire.
Len Wein lost much of his home and valuables ranging from original art of Wolverine and the X-Men to his Shazam Awards worth thousands of dollars. Thankfully, they were able to survive the tragedy.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wein family. Many of us, including myself, have fallen victim to these circumstances of losing anything you have worked hard to own. I'm sure though that Mr. Wein and family will be back on their feet in no time. Another unfortunate but extremely understandable downside is that Len will not be able to attend Comicpalooza on May 2nd, 2009 here in Houston. Do not worry though, this year's event is going to be the huge with many of the comic book industry's talented stars. Look out for more news about Comicpalooza and other events coming up very soon.
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