Last updated on March 4, 2019
So here’s a thing: Eight years ago today the very first comic I ever wrote hit stores, and introduced the IN CONTINUITY story of Hulk going on a date with Dazzler. The book contained two stories teaming up X-Men characters with the Hulk, to which CBR said:
“The X-Men and the Hulk don’t really seem like a natural pairing, but somehow, ‘Hulk Team-Up’ really manages to make it work”
Today, legendary comic book writer and editor Len Wein passed away. Among other things, he introduced the character of Wolverine in The Incredible Hulk #181. He also went on to bring back the X-Men after a lengthy hiatus, with Giant-Size X-Men #1.
If he hadn’t put Wolverine in a Hulk book, it wouldn’t have been a natural pairing years later. And if he hadn’t figured out a way to make the X-Men work again, they wouldn’t have been around today at all.
Honestly: this comic, and the work I got to do after it were some of the best experiences of my entire life. I’m thankful every day for everyone involved that I was lucky enough to do this. If it wasn’t for Len Wein’s legacy, however indirect, I never would have gotten to even play in the comic writing sandbox for a short period of time.