|Claremont plots the demise of your fave X-Men|
|Chris Claremont's first X-Men|
Chris Claremont wrote the comic book series "The Uncanny X-Men" for Marvel for an unprecedented sixteen year stretch. During that time, he worked with legendary artist John Byrne on two seminal comic book storylines: The Dark Phoenix saga and Days of Future Past, both of which have been borrowed heavily from in the X-Men movies.
|Claremont got a cameo in the worst X-men movie - X3|
Established characters, were more fully realized through Claremont's stories. Wolverine, who was initially overshadowed by other characters, developed his samurai code, his mentor relationships with younger X-Men, and other traits he is more recognized for today. Storm too was crafted into a complex and strong character, famously winning leadership of the X-Men in a battle with Cyclops while she was without her weather powers. Storm became less of a "goddess" as she'd been depicted earlier and more a kick-ass leader, sporting her white mohawk and leather outfit.
|Clockwise from top left: Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, Rogue, Storm & Psylocke|
Claremont's straightforward style also belied his knack for crafting complex and intricate storylines that he would sometimes set up months in advance. And despite writing the best-selling comic book in history - X-Men #1 - Claremont eventually left Marvel for a time...and ended his tenure as writer of "The Uncanny X-Men."
One of the first comic books I ever read was a reprint of Uncanny X-Men #143 which introduced the eclectic band of mutants but was mainly a story about Kitty Pryde battling a monster in the X-Mansion...alone. Years later, when I started to collect comic books, the first comic book I picked up was Uncanny X-Men #216 where Storm and Wolverine are trying to survive in the forest after something has gone terribly wrong.
|My first Marvel comic was a reprint of this issue|
|The comic that started me collecting|
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