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Encyclopedia > Chris Claremont


Chris Claremont (born November 30, 1950 in London, England, United Kingdom) is a writer of American comic books, best known for his 16-year (1976-1991) stint on Uncanny X-Men, during which the series became one of the comic book industry's most successful properties. November 30 is the 334th day (335th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... The X-Men are a group of comic book superheroes featured in Marvel Comics. ...

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Writer profile

Claremont is regarded as one of the hallmark Marvel Comics writers, having written one of the flagship titles, the Uncanny X-Men, for sixteen consecutive years (he is the record-holder for having the longest run as a single writer on an American comic book title). Claremont excelled at the task of writing good "team" arcs, in which every member of the ensemble cast of X-Men had her or his moment to shine. He was lauded for writing action-packed stories with strong characters, both heroes and villains, mixing it with soap opera elements and always bringing in the social undercurrent of mutants being a harassed minority. Claremont also promoted strong female characters such as Rogue, Storm and Moira MacTaggert, who were a far cry from the token roles usually reserved for women at that time. Claremont's approach set the standard for team-based comic books for decades. Marvel Comics (Stan Lee is behind many of the superheros) is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... The Uncanny X-Men, first published as simply The X-Men, is the flagship Marvel Comics comic book series within the X-Men franchise. ... An ensemble cast is a cast in which the principal performers are assigned roughly equal amounts of importance in a dramatic production. ... For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ... The definition of a minority group can vary, depending on specific context, but generally refers to either a sociological sub-group that does not form either a majority or a plurality of the total population, or a group that, while not necessarily a numerical minority, is disadvantaged or otherwise has... Look up rogue in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Storm (real name Ororo Munroe) is a fictional Marvel Comics superhero. ... Dr. Moira Kinross MacTaggert (sometimes spelled MacTaggart, McTaggart, or McTaggert) is a fictional character appearing in X-Men stories in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


The most common criticism of his work is his overly descriptive writing style. Claremont's characters tend to speak in long paragraphs that are often called forced or unrealistic. He frequently employs third-person omniscient narration to describe events that might easily be conveyed in the art and (to some) unneeded thought bubbles to spell out character motivation and personality, especially during action scenes. He is also known for certain characteristic phrases, (for example, Wolverine's catchphrase, "I'm the best there is at what I do. And what I do... isn't very nice") known as "Claremontisms" among fans.[1] For other uses, see Wolverine (disambiguation). ...


Nonetheless, Claremont's work on X-Men, which was longer than that of any other creator, defined many of the X-Men characters and made an indelible impression on the franchise.


Marvel Comics biography

As an entry into comic writing Claremont was given the fledgling title Iron Fist in 1974 that also teamed him with John Byrne for the second time. (The first was on Marvel Premiere, where Byrne did Fist's last two appearances.) Len Wein then gave him the writing duties for the relaunched X-Men. Claremont also found narrative excuses to sideline Professor X, as one of the problems with the original X-Men series was that the Professor would appear at the end of the story to magically correct the situation no matter how dire. Iron Fist (also Daniel Danny Rand or Daniel Thomas Rand-Kai) is a fictional superhero martial artist in the Marvel Comics universe created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane. ... John Lindley Byrne (born July 6, 1950) is a British-born naturalised American author and artist of comic books. ... Marvel Premiere is a comic book anthology series published by Marvel Comics. ... Len Wein (born June 12, 1948, New York City, New York) is an American comic book writer and editor best known for co-creating DC Comics Swamp Thing and for reviving Marvel Comics X-Men. ... Professor Charles Francis Xavier, also known as Professor X, is a fictional comic book superhero and founder of the X-Men in the Marvel Universe. ...

Cover to Uncanny X-Men #94, Claremont's first X-Men issue.
Cover to Uncanny X-Men #94, Claremont's first X-Men issue.

During his years as X-Men writer, Claremont wrote or co-wrote many classic stories such as the "Dark Phoenix Saga" and "Days of Future Past". He also co-created numerous important X-Men characters, including Rogue, Psylocke, Shadowcat, Phoenix, Sabretooth, Mystique, Emma Frost, Jubilee, Rachel Summers, Mister Sinister, Madelyne Pryor, and Gambit. In addition, he helped launch best-selling spin-offs such as X-Men, New Mutants , Excalibur, and Wolverine. In 1986 Marvel launched an X-Men spinoff, X-Factor, altering the Phoenix/Jean Grey continuity Claremont had established. In 1991 he left Marvel over differences with the editorial staff. Download high resolution version (400x613, 94 KB)Cover to Uncanny X-Men #94. ... Download high resolution version (400x613, 94 KB)Cover to Uncanny X-Men #94. ... Dark Phoenix on the cover of the Dark Phoenix TPB; art originally from Uncanny X-Men #135, by John Byrne. ... Cover to Uncanny X-Men #141. ... Rogue (Anna Marie) is a Marvel Comics superheroine, a member of the X-Men. ... Psylocke (Elisabeth Betsy Braddock, sometimes Elizabeth) is a Marvel Comics superhero, sister to Captain Britain, and often associated with the X-men. ... Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde) is a Marvel Comics superhero, a member of the X-Men. ... The alias of Phoenix has been used by several fictional comic book characters published by Marvel Comics. ... Sabretooth (Victor Creed) is a Marvel Comics character, an arch-enemy of the X-Men’s Wolverine. ... Mystique (Raven Darkholme) is a Marvel Comics character associated with the X-Men franchise. ... Emma Grace[1] Frost, also known as the White Queen, is a fictional character appearing in the Marvel Comics Universe. ... Jubilee (full name Jubilation Lee) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero associated with the X-Men. ... Rachel Summers (a. ... Mister Sinister (Nathaniel Essex) is a fictional character appearing in the comic books published by Marvel Comics. ... Madelyne Pryor is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Gambit (Remy LeBeau) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero who is a member of the X-Men. ... X-Men is a Marvel Comics series featuring the eponymous group of mutant superheroes. ... New Mutants may also refer to the genetically engineered superhumans of Mutant X (TV series). ... Excalibur is a Marvel Comics superhero group, an offshoot of the X-Men, usually based in the United Kingdom. ... It has been suggested that X-Factor Investigations be merged into this article or section. ...


In 1998, he returned to Marvel as editorial director and the regular writer of Fantastic Four. He also wrote a Wolverine story arc. In 2000, as part of the company's "Revolution" event, he wrote Uncanny X-Men and X-Men until he moved to X-Treme X-Men with penciller Salvador Larroca. The Fantastic Four is Marvel Comics first comic book superhero team, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and debuting in The Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. ... X-Men #100. ... Cover to X-Treme X-Men Destiny Hardcover . X-Treme X-Men was a comic book published by Marvel Comics beginning in 2001 and ending in 2004. ... Salvador Larroca (born 1964) is a Spanish comic book artist, primarily known for his work on various X-Men titles. ...


In 2006, cardiac illness forced Claremont to postpone the beginning of a planned run on Exiles as well as the launch of GeNext. Also cut short was his run on Uncanny X-Men, which was completed by Tony Bedard over Claremont's plots. Likewise, writer Frank Tieri currently writes New Excalibur in Claremont's stead. Claremont will begin his tenure on Exiles, beginning with Issue #90, where Psylocke will join the group. The Exiles are a group of fictional comic book characters from Marvel Comics. ... Tony Bedard is a writer and editor who has worked in the comic book industry. ... Excalibur is a Marvel Comics superhero group, an offshoot of the X-Men, usually based in the United Kingdom. ...

Cover to Uncanny X-Men #445. Art by Alan Davis.
Cover to Uncanny X-Men #445. Art by Alan Davis.

Download high resolution version (400x621, 74 KB)Cover to Uncanny X-Men #445. ... Download high resolution version (400x621, 74 KB)Cover to Uncanny X-Men #445. ...

Career outside Marvel Comics

Claremont has written many stories for other publishers including the Star Trek Debt of Honor graphic novel, his creator-owned Sovereign Seven for DC Comics and Aliens vs Predator for Dark Horse Comics. He also wrote a few issues of the series WildC.A.T.s (volume 1, issues #10-13) at Image Comics, which introduced his creator-owned character, Huntsman. The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction franchise. ... Sovereign Seven was an American comic book, published by DC Comics. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... comic book cover for story Booty Aliens versus Predator comics are part of the crossover franchise, most recently published by Dark Horse Comics. ... Dark Horse Comics logo Dark Horse Comics is one of the largest independent American comic book publishers, behind dominant publishers Marvel Comics and DC Comics. ... Wildcats is the name of multiple incarnations of the Wildstorm comics superhero comic book. ... Image Comics Logo Image Comics is an American comic book publisher. ...


Outside of comics, Claremont co-wrote the Chronicles of the Shadow War trilogy, Shadow Moon (1995), Shadow Dawn (1996), and Shadow Star (1999), with George Lucas. This trilogy continues the story of Elora Danan from the movie Willow. In the 1980s, he also wrote a science fiction trilogy about female starship pilot Nicole Shea, consisting of First Flight (1987), Grounded! (1991), and Sundowner (1994). Claremont was also a contributor to the Wild Cards anthology series. George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Willow is a 1988 fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, based on a story by George Lucas. ... The cover of the first Wild Cards book, Wild Cards. ...


He has a cameo in the film X-Men 3 during the Jean Grey prologue, for which he is credited as "Lawnmower man". X-Men 3 (also known as X-Men: The Last Stand) is the third film adaptation of the X-Men superhero comic books. ... This article or section on a comics-related subject may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ...


Awards

Claremont won the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for "Favorite Writer" in 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989, and 1990. Also, he won CBG Fan Awards for "Favorite Comic Book Story" in 1990 (The X-tinction Agenda) and "Favorite Graphic Novel or Album" in 1992 (Star Trek: Debt of Honor). [1] Comics Buyers Guide (CBG) is the longest-running periodical reporting on the comic book industry. ...


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Footnotes

  1. ^ Hahn, Katherine E. (2003). FAQ Part 8. rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks FAQ. Retrieved on August 23, 2006.

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References

Preceded by
Roy Thomas
Uncanny X-Men writer
1975–1991
Succeeded by
John Byrne
Preceded by
Alan Davis
Uncanny X-Men writer
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Scott Lobdell
Preceded by
Chuck Austen
Uncanny X-Men writer
2004–2006
Succeeded by
Ed Brubaker
Preceded by
None
X-Men (vol. 2) writer
1991
Succeeded by
John Byrne
Preceded by
Alan Davis
X-Men (vol. 2) writer
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Scott Lobdell
Preceded by
None
New Mutants (vol. 1) writer
1983–1987
Succeeded by
Louise Simonson
Preceded by
Whilce Portacio
X-Factor (vol. 1) writer
1991
Succeeded by
Peter David
Preceded by
None
Wolverine writer
1988–1989
Succeeded by
Peter David
Preceded by
Warren Ellis
Wolverine writer
1998
Succeeded by
Todd DeZago
Preceded by
None
Excalibur writer
1988–1991
Succeeded by
Scott Lobdell
Preceded by
Scott Lobdell
Fantastic Four writer
1998–2000
Succeeded by
John Francis Moore
Preceded by
Michael Fleisher
Man-Thing writer
1980-1981
(with fill-ins by Dickie Mackenzie and J.M. DeMatteis)
Succeeded by
J.M. DeMatteis
Preceded by
Steve Gerber
Daredevil writer
1975
Succeeded by
Tony Isabella

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