April 25, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
Do you think the Batman is psycho? You’re wrong, Len Wein says. The accomplished longtime comic book writer and editor, co-creator of such popular characters as Wolverine and Swamp Thing, argues that Bruce Wayne is neurotic, not psychotic. It’s an idea he explored in his time writing “Batman” in the late 1970s and early 1980s — when he also had the billionaire dating Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman. Yes, it seems crazy that a man would don a bat costume to fight crime. But in 1980′s limited series “The Untold Legend of the Batman,” Wein went into why Bruce chose vigilantism over law enforcement — and had the nascent hero’s first costumed identity be Robin. That story, and many others he wrote, will be included in “Tales of the Batman: Len Wein,” a 560-page hardcover scheduled for release Dec. 30, the […]
Oct. 18, 2013 | 1:02 p.m.
The celebration of the X-Men’s 50th anniversary continues next month as Marvel releases “X-Men: Gold,” a comic featuring stories from prominent creators in the mutants’ history. The 64-page “X-Men: Gold” No. 1 centers on a feature-length, in-continuity story by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, spotlighting Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Wolverine, Cyclops and Nightcrawler. The one-shot also includes a new X-Men story from series co-creator Stan Lee and Louise and Walt Simonson (“X-Factor”), as well as stories from Len Wein, Jorge Molina, Fabian Nicieza, Salvador Larroca, Roy Thomas and Pat Olliffe — all creators who have helped guide X-comics throughout their first 50 years. Thomas had two well-regarded stints on “X-Men” in the ‘60s before its years-long break in original stories, and Nicieza was a major player in ‘90s X-comics. Wein wrote “Giant-Size X-Men” No. 1, which revived the franchise with […]
Aug. 03, 2013 | 11:27 a.m.
“The Wolverine,” the latest film starring Hugh Jackman’s rage-fueled mutant Logan, offers a more intimate exploration of the character — one Jackman and director James Mangold attempted to fashion based on an influential comic book arc crafted by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller in the 1980s. But it was Len Wein who first introduced Wolverine to comic readers in 1974, when the character appeared in “The Incredible Hulk.” Wein recently spoke to Hero Complex to share his thoughts on the latest movie, the joys of being a fan and the frustrations of sometimes standing in the shadows while iconic characters of your creation enjoy robust onscreen lives. Hero Complex: Twenty, thirty years ago, could you have imagined a point where we’d see so many superhero films? At this point, they’ve become a genre unto themselves, and there’s so much variety […]