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Steven Queen
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Posted: 04 October 2023 at 11:05pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

It must be maddening to work with a unreliable co-author/writer because the art takes considerable time and effort to execute, but someone can change a few lines of text in an eye blink.
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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 05 October 2023 at 5:07pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

You can really see Chris "writing against the art" on his initial first way out from the mutants, on the first 3 issues of X-MEN that he did with Jim Lee as penciller and co-plotter (I presume a similar working scenario that he had with JB) - Lee clearly wanted Magneto back as a villain, but Claremont's script wrote him as having second thoughts about everything, even as he was visibly pummelling the X-Men. It was pretty clear that Claremont did NOT agree with the mandate.

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John Byrne
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Posted: 12 October 2023 at 12:33pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I am curious, given how sharp the differences ended up being between Mr. Byrne and Mr. Claremont in the 80s, what must have happened to orchestrate the re-teaming up on JLA almost 20 years later?


It’s no secret. Mike Carlin suggested I plot and pencil the story, and Chris script it. That way I would not need to look at it once my part was done—and so far, I haven’t.

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Brian Price
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Posted: 12 October 2023 at 7:47pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Was working with Chris ever an enjoyable experience?  How did the two of  you get paired up to begin with?
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