The Chris Claremont and John Byrne run on Uncanny X-Men is widely regarded as one of the greatest collaborations in comic book history. Together, they created some of the most iconic and memorable stories in the X-Men’s history, introducing new characters and concepts that have become staples of the franchise to this day.
The collaboration between Claremont and Byrne began in 1977 with Uncanny X-Men #108. Over the course of their tenure on the series, they produced some of the most iconic and influential story arcs in comic book history.
One of their most memorable storylines was “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” which ran from Uncanny X-Men #129 to #138. This storyline followed the X-Men as they battled against Jean Grey, who had become possessed by the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force. This storyline explored themes of power, corruption, and sacrifice, and remains one of the most beloved and impactful storylines in the X-Men’s history.
Another memorable storyline was “Days of Future Past,” which ran in Uncanny X-Men #141–142. This storyline introduced a dystopian future where mutants are hunted and imprisoned, and saw the X-Men sent back in time to prevent this future from coming to pass. This storyline would later be adapted into the popular X-Men: Days of Future Past film.
Claremont and Byrne also introduced several iconic characters during their run, including Kitty Pryde, who was first introduced in Uncanny X-Men #129, and Alpha Flight, who were introduced in Uncanny X-Men #120. They also introduced the concept of the Shi’ar Empire, a powerful intergalactic empire that has become a mainstay of the X-Men’s mythology.
The Claremont and Byrne run on Uncanny X-Men came to an end with issue #143, after which Byrne left the series to work on other projects. Claremont continued to write the series for many years, but the magic of the Claremont/Byrne collaboration was never quite recaptured.
The Claremont and Byrne run on Uncanny X-Men remains one of the most beloved and influential collaborations in comic book history. Their contributions to the X-Men’s mythology have become an indelible part of the franchise’s legacy, and their work continues to inspire and influence comic book creators to this day. For fans of the X-Men, the Claremont and Byrne run on Uncanny X-Men is a must-read, showcasing the best that the X-Men and the comic book medium have to offer.