34 Facts About Chris Claremont


Christopher S Claremont is a British-born American comic book writer and novelist, known for his 16-year stint on Uncanny X-Men from 1975 to 1991, far longer than that of any other writer, during which he is credited with developing strong female characters as well as introducing complex literary themes into superhero narratives, turning the once underachieving comic into one of Marvel's most popular series.


Chris Claremont scripted many classic stories, including "The Dark Phoenix Saga" and "Days of Future Past", on which he collaborated with John Byrne.


Chris Claremont developed the character of Wolverine into a fan favorite.


Chris Claremont's father was an internist and his mother was a pilot and caterer.


Chris Claremont is Jewish on his mother's side, and lived in a kibbutz in Israel during his youth.


Chris Claremont's family moved to the United States when he was three, and he was raised primarily on Long Island.


Chris Claremont initially did not view the comic book industry as the place where he would make his career, as he believed the dwindling readership to be a sign that the industry was dying, and found the material being published to be uninteresting.


Chris Claremont was joined two issues later by artist John Byrne.


Chris Claremont approached the job as a method actor, developing the characters by examining their motives, desires and individual personalities.


Chris Claremont would write whole paragraphs about what people were wearing.


Chris Claremont really got into these people's thoughts, hopes, dreams.


Chris Claremont began his collaboration with artist John Byrne in the following issue.


Besides his work on X-Men and its spinoffs, Chris Claremont wrote Marvel Team-Up, Spider-Woman and Ms.


Chris Claremont helped launch the Marvel Fanfare title in March 1982.


Chris Claremont co-created such notable male characters as Sabretooth, Pyro, Avalanche, Strong Guy, Captain Britain, Forge, Mister Sinister, and Gambit.


Chris Claremont launched various X-Men spin-offs, beginning with The New Mutants in 1982.


The spinoffs Excalibur and Wolverine, initially written by Chris Claremont, followed in 1987 and 1988, respectively.


Chris Claremont left the series after the first three-issue story arc, due to clashes with editor Bob Harras.


Chris Claremont attempted to find other artist for the series, but all those in whom he was interested were either drawing X-Men or had their own projects with Image, and thus he did not become one of Image's founders.


In 1995, Chris Claremont began writing his creator-owned series, Sovereign Seven, which was published by DC Comics, running for 36 issues until 1998.


In 1998, Chris Claremont returned to Marvel as editorial director and the regular writer of Fantastic Four, where he created Valeria Richards.


Chris Claremont's run on Fantastic Four would last for 29 issues and 2 annuals, making it his longest tenure on a title outside of the X-Men.


Chris Claremont wrote The Fantastic 4th Voyage of Sinbad in 2001, a one shot starring the Fantastic Four on an adventure with Sinbad the Sailor.


Chris Claremont returned to Uncanny X-Men again for a two-year run starting in 2004, while teaming up with his former Excalibur collaborator and artist, Alan Davis.


In 2007, Chris Claremont returned to New Excalibur, writing a story arc in which the character Nocturne has a stroke.


Chris Claremont has completed his first arc on Exiles, adding Betsy Braddock to the team.


In 2008 Chris Claremont wrote the miniseries GeNEXT, followed by its 2009 sequel, GeNext: United.


In 2010, Chris Claremont collaborated with Italian comics artist Milo Manara on X-Women.


Chris Claremont re-united with his former New Mutants-artist artist Bill Sienkiewicz for the oneshot New Mutants: War Children in 2019.


The classic Chris Claremont pose is either a character, head hung in shame with two enormous rivers of tears running down the cheeks as he or she delivers a self-loathing monologue, or a character with head thrown back and mouth open in a shout of rage, shaking tiny fists at heaven and vowing that the whole world will soon learn about his or her feelings.


Chris Claremont co-wrote the Chronicles of the Shadow War trilogy, Shadow Moon, Shadow Dawn, and Shadow Star, with George Lucas, which continued the story of Elora Danan from the movie Willow.


Chris Claremont was a contributor to the Wild Cards anthology series.


Chris Claremont made a cameo appearance in the opening scene of the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand, for which he is credited as "Lawnmower man".


Chris Claremont made a cameo appearance as a Congressional committee member alongside fellow comic book writer Len Wein in an early scene in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past.