Wolverine comics creator Len Wein recently passed away, and it hasn’t taken long for Hugh Jackman, the actor who played the character for nearly twenty years and across nine movies, to come up with a short but sweet statement honoring the comic book legend.
In years past, Jackman met with Wein at SDCC 2008, roughly a year before X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released. Hugh Jackman personally let Wein know that he was honored to portray his character in several movies:
Blessed to have known Len Wein. I first met him in 2008. I told him – from his heart, mind & hands came the greatest character in comics. pic.twitter.com/cFqL1uy0JV
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) September 11, 2017
Hugh Jackman’s final performance as the character occurred in this year’s Logan, meaning that Wein most likely saw it earlier this year. Hugh Jackman certainly wasn’t alone in missing Wein’s presence, as there came an outpour of support from the comic book community at large:
— DC (@DCComics) September 10, 2017
Co-created Wolverine & the new X-men. Co-kickstarted the modern comic book era with its most powerful metaphor. And more. RIP Len Wein. pic.twitter.com/TSiWChvfdI
— Joss Whedon (@joss) September 10, 2017
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) September 10, 2017
R.I.P. to comic book legend LEN WEIN, co-creator of not only Wolverine but also one of my favorite characters of all time, the Swamp Thing.
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) September 11, 2017
RIP the great #LenWein. He co-created Wolverine & Swamp Thing, both of which gave me a living as a writer & endless pleasure as a reader.
— Millarworld (@mrmarkmillar) September 10, 2017
RIP the brilliant Len Wein. He co-created Wolverine, Swamp Thing, Storm, and so many other iconic characters. Thanks for all of your work. pic.twitter.com/333GyJQQAb
— New York Comic Con (@NY_Comic_Con) September 10, 2017
Aside from his contributions to Wolverine, Wein also worked on comics such as Teen Titans, Superman, Batman, Swamp Thing, X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Defenders, and even served as an editor on Alan Moore and David Gibbons’s seminal graphic novel Watchmen. He will be missed.
Logan is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and On-Demand, with a cast that includes Hugh Jackman as James “Logan” Howlett (Wolverine), Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier (Professor X), Boyd Holbrook as Donald Pierce, Stephen Merchant as Caliban, Richard E. Grant as Dr. Zander Rice, Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney (X-23).