Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Comic Books) for Thursday, September 21, 2017:
Told to create a character called this, Len Wein learned the real animal is short, hairy & will attack an enemy 10 times its size
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Diane Esemplare, an engineer from Riverdale, New Jersey
||Thom Page, an OB/GYN doctor from Auburn, Maine
||Betsy Knudson, an attorney from Salt Lake City, Utah (2-day total: $38,601)
What is Wolverine?
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Tragically, Len will not get to see this Final Jeopardy! clue; he passed away on September 10; he was 69 years old. His obituary appeared in the New York Times.. His most famous creations include both Wolverine and Swamp Thing.
Tributes came pouring in from far and wide. Hugh Jackman, in a tweet, said “from his heart, mind & hands came the greatest character in comics”.
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
Outside of the world of comic books, Len Wein holds special significance to a number of my friends and a number of members of the Jeopardy! family. He was the husband of Christine Valada, who won four games back in October of 2009 and also reached the Tournament of Champions. Also into trivia himself, he was a member of LearnedLeague for almost four years and even played as best as he could through the health problems that would end up taking his life.
On his introduction in 1974, Wolverine was introduced as a small-statured superhuman agent of the Canadian government. He eventually became popular as a member of the X-Men, and ended up getting his own comic series in 1988.
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