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Claremont, Chris

Entry updated 23 December 2023. Tagged: Author, Comics.

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Working name of US author Christopher Simon Claremont (1950-    ) who first became known through his revitalization from 1976 of Marvel Comics's X-Men, an early 1960s title which had been temporarily retired but now became the bestselling comic in the field; the first five years of the strip are assembled as Uncanny X-Men Omnibus (graph 2006). Claremont scripted the title until he left Marvel in 1991 to begin work with Dark Horse comics, returning to Marvel in 2000, scripting more comics and working as Editorial Director until 2006. The series deals with a constantly expanding group of mutant Superheroes, several female, whose relationships and conflicts are densely complicated, and who inspire sympathy both because they are adolescents with typical family problems and because society tends to reject them. Claremont's style, though consistent with the Marvel Group's experimental house-style, is often rather clumsy, and manifestly represents an earlier phase in the rapid evolution of the comic book than that of Graphic-Novel writers like Frank Miller and Alan Moore. God Loves, Man Kills (graph 1982) was an original tale; The Uncanny X-Men (graph 1987) was assembled from the comic. The three FirstFlight novels – FirstFlight (1987), Grounded! (1991; vt Grounded 1991) and Sundowner (1994) – cover much of the same emotional and stylistic territory, tracing the adventures of a NASA astronaut in a Near-Future solar system. It is technically difficult (though not difficult to hazard) what proportion of the Chronicles of the Shadow War, as by with George Lucas, novels Tied to the film Willow (1988) directed by Ron Howard, were in fact written by Claremont, whose other nonpictorial book is an X-Men Tie. [NT/JC]

see also: Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.

Christopher Simon Claremont

born London: 30 November 1950


nonpictorial fiction



  • FirstFlight (New York: Ace Books, 1987) [FirstFlight: pb/Luis Royo]
  • Grounded! (New York: Ace Books, 1991) [FirstFlight: pb/Luis Royo]
    • Grounded (London: Pan Books, 1991) [FirstFlight: pb/Chris Moore]
    • High Frontier (New York: Science Fiction Book Club, 1991) [omni of the above two: FirstFlight: hb/Ron Walotsky]
  • Sundowner (New York: Ace Books, 1994) [FirstFlight: pb/Luis Royo]

Chronicles of the Shadow War

  • Shadow Moon (New York: Bantam Spectra, 1995) with George Lucas [tie: Chronicles of the Shadow War: hb/Ciruelo Cabral]
  • Shadow Dawn (New York: Bantam Spectra, 1997) with George Lucas [tie: Chronicles of the Shadow War: hb/Ciruelo Cabral]
  • Shadow Star (New York: Bantam Spectra, 1999) with George Lucas [tie: Chronicles of the Shadow War: hb/Ciruelo Cabral]


  • X-Men 2 (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2003) [tie: novelizing X2, also known as X-Men 2 (see X-Men Films): X-Men: pb/]
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2003) [tie: novelizing X-Men: The Last Stand (see X-Men Films): X-Men: pb/]

individual titles

graphic works in book form


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