When Marvel-Editor-in-Chief Roy Thomas went to the writer of "The Incredible Hulk" and asked him to introduce a new character named Wolverine who was as fierce as his animal namesake to take on the Hulk, little did anyone know they would be creating one of the most popular superheroes ever created. That writer was Len Wein who has had a tremendous impact on the comic book industry working on Batman, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Watchmen, and Swamp Thing. But it is the Canadian mutant that Wein co-created with artist John Romita Sr. that has made the biggest impact.
Following the introduction of Wolverine in the pages of "The Incredible Hulk" #181 (November 1974) that Wein wrote with artist Herb Trimpe, Wolverine made his next appearance as part of the "All-New, All-Different X-Men" in "Giant-Size X-Men" #1 (1975) written by Wein with artist Dave Cockrum. It was his inclusion in this new roster of international X-Men that launched Wolverine's heroic career that took him to the top of the comic book charts.
Wein wrote only a few of Wolverine's early adventures but his impact was tremendous and Wein, for his part in the creation of Wolverine and the All-New X-Men, received a cameo part in the biggest blockbuster in the X-Men movie franchise "X-Men: Days of Future Past." As Congressman Davis, Wein took part in one of the pivotal scenes of the movie.
If you are looking for acting advice, or to hear from a man who played a major part in the comic book industry look no further than this weekend's Long Beach Comic Expo, May 31 and June 1 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Be sure to be at the Career Spotlight: Len Wein Panel Sunday in room 202C at Noon to get an in depth discussion on his career in comics, meetings with Hugh Jackman, and his role in one of the biggest blockbuster movies ever.
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