Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Len Wein...and now Harry Dean Stanton

Bill Sienkiewicz
Ya know it's ironic that this tragic news about Len Wein's passing should come just over a week after I fished this issue of Comics Interview 32 out of a quarter box. Which as you may have guessed I grabbed because of The Swamp Thing article inside. Cheesy as the early 80s Wes Craven film was it seemed really cool to me at the time and it was actually my introduction to The Swamp Thing character. And then one day I saw an issue at a drug store some where and that would be the beginning of what was a pretty big Swamp Thing collection. I even had this Swamp Thing action figure at one point it was actually kinda cool it had this detachable hand with a line attached to it that pulls the hand like a fisherman's reel.
As for Wolverine, I was a fan long before it was hip to be a Wolverine fan in the 80s I collected every appearance I could find. Back then a Wolverine appearance in a non-X-Men title was always guaranteed to bump up it's value but I didn't care much about that I just wanted to read more Wolverine and seeing him interact with other Marvel super heroes from Captain America to Spider-Man and even ROM was beyond awesome. Ofcourse Wein's body of work went far beyond just co-creating Swamp Thing and Wolverine and I think it's nice to know all that will still be around for future generations to enjoy.

September 15th Update: So now we have it happen again this week. Another big name from our child hood as comic book and sci-fi fans has passed away. This time it was Harry Dean Stanton who died at 91. Stanton has had a long career on both the big screen and small spanning for decades. I knew him best as Brett from ALIEN and as Brain from Escape from New York. And don't forget about Stanton's brief appearance in the first Avengers film where he plays a security guard who finds Bruce Banner amid a mass of debris caused by him falling through the roof of an abandoned building while he was The Hulk.


  1. Huh, never saw an issue of that comic interview series before, but I noticed its David Antony Kraft's series. Cool. He was a Marvel writer back in the 70's and 80's for various titles like the Defenders.
    Cool cover.

    I used to have that Wolverine Marvel Masterworks card!!!!

    Ahh good times.

    Most defintiely Wein's creations won't soon be forgotten, even if sadly, the guy who (co)created them might be.

    1. That's actually a scan of that Marvel Masterpiece card from when I used to have it. It's one of those Sienkievicz piece where it wasn't love at first site but over time I started to appreciate it much more for it's impressionistic style.

  2. Remember Len Wein from his work on Amazing Spider- man with Ross Andru drawing.

  3. Damn shame about Stanton. When I saw the newsbit on FB, I originally thought they were talking about actor Dean Stockwell famously of Quantum Leap. Fuck the Reaper's been VERY busy this year.