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Featured Writer Chris Claremont

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Featured Writer
Chris Claremont


Chris Claremont was born November 30, 1950, in London , England . He 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/ 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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Outside of comics, Claremont co-wrote the Chronicles of the Shadow War trilogy, Shadow Moon (1995), a dark fantasy novel co-authored with his wife, Beth Fleisher. 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.

In 2006 Claremont appeared in a cameo in the film "X-Men 3" during the Jean Grey prologue, for which he is credited as "Lawnmower man".

Today he and is wife live in Brooklyn with their two children.

And on a side note, I would like to thank Mr. Claremont, as it was the influence of his books back in 1991, which led me into the world of writing. My sincerest Thanks, Chris!

You can find out more about Chris Claremont and his work on the web site devoted to his and other Comic books, www.Marvel.com Check them out!

David K. Montoya


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