Chris Claremont is the greatest comic book writer, maybe the greatest writer period, of all time. This is an objective fact that can’t be argued. And as revealed in Marvel’s full 2019 solicitations, Claremont will be honored with a new Marvel Visionaries: Chris Claremont trade paperback in November, reprinting some his classic stories with legendary artists from the X-Men universe and beyond.
In Marvel’s own words:
Celebrate the career of a true Marvel Visionary! Best known for transforming the X-Men from a reprint title into a blockbuster franchise, Chris Claremont steered the fates of Marvel’s mutants for decades while working with some of comics’ top artists!
Chris Claremont is currently paid by Marvel to remain a Marvel-exclusive writer. But since 2014’s Nightcrawler series, Claremont hasn’t written an ongoing or mini, only short stories in one-shots or anthologies, and, according to Claremont, not even that many of those.
So why, if Claremont is a “true Marvel Visionary,” and if he is under an exclusive contract with Marvel, wouldn’t Marvel use him to write more comics, telling a story that lasts longer than issue? It’s a question for which we’ve never been able to get a sensible answer, so it’s one we’re compelled to keep asking.
But we’ll definitely be picking up this trade paperback in November.
MARVEL VISIONARIES: CHRIS CLAREMONT TPB
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT & MORE
Penciled by SYD SHORES, JOHN BYRNE,
DAVE COCKRUM, BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH, JIM LEE,
ARTHUR ADAMS, MICHAEL GOLDEN, FRANK MILLER, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, JOHN BOLTON, ALAN DAVIS
& SALVADOR LARROCA
Cover by JOHN BYRNE & JIM LEE
Celebrate the career of a true Marvel Visionary! Best known for transforming the X-Men from a reprint title into a blockbuster franchise, Chris Claremont steered the fates of Marvel’s mutants for decades while working with some of comics’ top artists! Now, thrill to some of his finest tales featuring the X-Men and their extended family — from the fate of the Phoenix to the fan-favorite “Kitty’s Fairy Tale” and more! Plus: classic stories featuring Daredevil vs. Stilt-Man and Carol Danvers and the Avengers vs. Rogue — and collaborations with John Byrne, one of Claremont’s greatest artistic partners, starring Star-Lord and Iron Fist! Collecting DAREDEVIL (1964) #102; MARVEL PREVIEW #11; IRON FIST (1975) #14; X-MEN (1963) #137; UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #153, #205 and #268; AVENGERS ANNUAL #10; WOLVERINE (1982) #3; NEW MUTANTS (1983) #21; CLASSIC X-MEN #13; EXCALIBUR (1988) #16 and material from X-MEN ANNUAL (1970) #12 and X-MEN UNLIMITED (1993) #36.
376 PGS./Rated T+ …$34.99