Beneath The Pages is a segment that looks at key figures in the comic industry. It’s about shining a light on their work and praising how much they’ve contributed to popular culture. Chris Claremont is one of the most famous names in comics, having created many Marvel characters such as Jubilee, Mystique, Emma Frost and Gambit. His writing with X-Men has cemented his legacy as one of the all time greats.
Originally, Claremont didn’t see the comic industry as a place to start his career, but he was hired as an editorial assistant by Marvel in 1972. He was given the fledgling title of Iron First as his first comic to write in 1974. Claremont showed an enthusiasm for the X-Men early on and was given control over the title by Dave Cockrum in 1975. What’s interesting is that he approached the comic as a method actor and explored character motivations and personalities.
Claremont went on to create many X-Men characters like Jean Grey, Sabretooth, Mister Sinister, Moira MacTaggert, Shadowcat, Rogue and Psylocke. He wrote several classic stories including The Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future Past. He was also responsible for penning the very successful Wolverine series that really defined the character for the rest of his history. He even came up with Logan’s catchphrase. “I’m the best there is at what I do and what I do isn’t very nice.”
Claremont branched out into other areas during the 1990s and 2000s. He’s written for Image Comics and DC, with titles like JLA. He’s also an accomplished novel writer, having written a sci-fi triology about a female astronaut called Nicole Shea. Claremont is also the author of the Chronicles of the Shadow War trilogy.
His writing style has been described as complex, with a deep understanding of every character he’s ever written. According to writer Paul Levitz, Claremont “played a pivotal role in assembling the audience that enabled American comics to move to more mature and sophisticated storytelling, and the graphic novel.”
Claremont is a legend in the comic industry, putting him on the same level as other greats like Jim Lee and Grant Morrison. The X-Men wouldn’t be as popular as they are today without his talent and that makes him awesome.