From 1975 to 1991, Chris Claremont created quite possibly the greatest comic book franchise ever (given the time and the audience, mind you) and steered it almost single-handedly through the twists and turns of character and plot development. The result was some of the greatest stuff ever published in the funny books and the sole reason I love comics the way I do.
From issue #94 to #279, Chris Claremont had his name appear next to the writer spot. Sometimes it was co-plotter. Sometimes it was scripter. But he was there – for 186 straight issues of a single title, Chris Claremont made something magical. It’s a run that should be heralded and celebrated. Yeah, it’s THAT good…for the most part.
Well, since Chris Claremont’s writing had such a large impact in my life, namely two decades plus of collecting books with X on the title, I’m going to do something that shows how much I appreciate his work and how much it meant to me in my younger years.
Come hell or high water, before I end my days as a blogging hack, I am going to present 186 examples of why Chris Claremont’s tenure with the X-Men was awesome. I’m not going to pull one thing from each issue, but over time, I will present more of Claremont’s X-Men run and hopefully present to you, oh fair reader, how much of an appreciation for his run I have.
So let’s see how that turns out. I can see J.R. rolling his eyes now.