Hey, let's rebuild Len Wein's comic book collection! But we
don't want just any old comics here. We want the ones Len wrote and/or
You know Len Wein. Award-winning comic book person.
Co-creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine and various other X-Men. Editor of
Watchmen. Writer, at one time or other, of all the major
characters: Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Hulk, you name it. That Len Wein.
A great guy.
On April 6, 2009, a fire destroyed most of the home he was
sharing with his wife Chris and their son Michael. As Len tells us, Chris was out when it
happened. The men were home and asleep. He awoke to find the world
in flames around him and he managed to get himself out and to save Michael, as
well. Sadly, their beloved dog Sheba perished that day.
So did Len's collection of books and toys and games and artwork
and those things we accumulate that help define and enrich our lives. You
have stuff. He had stuff. Insurance will fix the house but many
things, including his comics, were not covered. Some of
us thought it would be grand if his friends and fans pitched in to help him
recreate those shelves of the comic books he's worked on.
Here's the plan: We've compiled a list of the comics Len needs to
reacquire. We're updating it from time to time as comics are pledged or
received. You can view or download it from the link at the top of this
page. (It's a PDF file, which means you need to have Adobe Reader.)
The list will be updated often.
Check your collection for duplicates. If Len's given you some moments of reading
pleasure, you might even want to buy him some of these issues. A few may
be pricey but he's written so many, you may find a stack in the bargain bins.
We've set up a special e-mail address for communications
relating to this. It's...
If the above link is not visible, address your message to
but replace the asterisk with an "@" sign.
If you have something you can donate that's on the list, write us and tell us
about it. Don't mail it until we tell you it's needed. And if we do, then send it to this address:
We're asking you to let us know what you're sending in order to minimize duplication. If we do
somehow wind up with more than one copy of something, we may try to trade it for something we need. Please
don't send anything on the basis of "Return it if you can't use it."
It's going to take enough effort just to log all this stuff in and store it 'til
Len's home is rebuilt. Whatever you send becomes property of Len Wein.
And we are making no representation that any donations are in any way
We also need volunteers to collect donations of
comics (not money) at conventions. At each major comic con, we'd like to
have someone — preferably, someone who's already getting a table — who'll agree to accept whatever comics Wein fans want
to give and to ship them all to us. Info on who'll be making these
collections and where will be posted over at
www.newsfromme.com, along with other updates on the project.
And thanks in advance for everything.
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