Friday, February 03, 2006

Chats Should Be Good - Len Wein

I think Len Wein has been the centerpiece of about seventy urban legends that I have done so far, so it is nice to announce a Len Wein chat this Monday at Comic Book Resources.

Len Wein is known for creating (or co-creating) a number of notable comic characters, such as Swamp Thing, Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Lucius Fox.

He is also known for notable runs on titles such as Justice League of America, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Green Lantern, Detective Comics and the Fantastic Four.

However, what impresses me the most of Len Wein is Len Wein the editor. It was Len Wein the editor who brought Alan Moore to the American public, in the pages of Swamp Thing. To allow a new writer to come aboard a title Co-CREATED by him, and then to totally change the status quo of Swamp thing, takes a certain amount of intellectual freedom that impresses the heck out of me.

The fact that Wein followed this up by helping Moore and Dave Gibbons create one of comics' more acclaimed works, Watchmen, is yet another feather in Wein's cap.

Definitely a major figure in comic book history, and you can chat with him this Monday, February 6th at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern.

If you are already a member of CBR, then you just have to hit "Comic Chat," and then hit "vBChat Room Change" and choose to join the room marked "Len Wein Chat."

If you are NOT already a member of CBR, you just have have to register, which is no big deal, as it's free. Just click here to register.

I hope some of you make it! Should be a fun chat!

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Anonymous Stéphane Garrelie said...

I began to read comics with his batman (catwoman/catman arc and a giant spider web, the story ended with catwoman surviving the adventure in stoling a piece of catman's cape and doing so, one of his nine lives.) I had read super heroes comics before, but i think this is the first i bought (even if i was reading in my father's newspaper the justice league strip) what i mean his that it is with this issue I became a regular follower of superheroes comics.

2/03/2006 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous RAB said...

I probably won't be able to make this...but I'll enjoy reading the transcript, since Len Wein is also a hell of a nice guy and just the sort of person a chat with would be good.

I hope someone will remember to mention that Grant Morrison -- maybe you've heard of him? he's an obscure Scottish writer with a bit of a fan following these days -- describes Seven Soldiers as his homage to Wein. Clearly the series owes a lot to Wein's revival of the original team in JLA #100-102...and Frankenstein seems to be very much a tribute to the original Swamp Thing series.

2/03/2006 06:33:00 PM  

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