|Comic book creator Chris Claremont
at the November 2008 Big Apple
Convention in Manhattan.
Photo: Luigi Novi
The award-wining comic book writer and novelist is best known for his 16 consecutive years at the helm of Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men, where he penned many classic X-Men stories including ‘The Dark Phoenix Saga’ and ‘Days of Future Past’, but British comic fans will remember him as the creator of Captain Britain, back in 1975.
His time on Marvel’s flagship title saw Chris develop many of the X-Men, particularly when it came to shaping strong female characters such as Storm and Phoenix. In addition, Claremont helped launch spin-off titles such as Wolverine; X-Men: Legacy; New Mutants and Excalibur.
Claremont joined Marvel back in 1969, writing his debut comic Iron Fist in 1974 and working there until 1991 when he left the company over editorial differences. However, 1998 saw Claremont return to the comics giant as editorial director and the regular writer of Fantastic Four. Since then, he has worked on a range of popular titles including New Excalibur, X-Treme X-Men and, to the delight of fans, Uncanny X-Men once again.
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.