One of the comic book industry's late greats will have his time with the stars tonight in Hollywood. The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) will posthumously award Len Wein the 2017 Animation Writers Caucus (AWC) Animation Writing Award.
Wein is most famous for co-creating X-Men characters like Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, and Wolverine. He was the editor of the legendary Watchmen graphic novel written by Alan Moore, with illustrations by Dave Gibbons. After his time at Marvel, Wein co-created Swamp Thing and wrote iconic Justice League, Batman, Superman, and Teen Titans stories that have influenced adaptations in all types of media.
DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio will present the award to Wein's widow, Christine Valada. There will be video tributes from Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods, Troll Bridge) and Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman, according to WGAW.
“Len Wein greatly epitomizes all the best things about working in animation. A good friend for several decades, he was a talented writer, much acclaimed for his work in comics as well as animation. He made a producer's and story editor's job easier by turning in good work every time. And he was someone who was full of joy,” said AWC Chair Craig Miller.
Despite having a lifelong body of work in comics, tonight Wein will be honored for his contribution to film, video games, and animation. Wein worked on Cartoon Network's Ben 10, Street Fighter: The Animated Series, and Young Justice. He was previously awarded the Inkpot award in 1973 and inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2008.
Wein passed away on Sept. 10, 2017. He is survived by wife Christine Valada and stepson Michael Bieniewicz-Valada.