Comic book writer most famous for his years-long tenure on Marvel Comics' X-Men. Claremont brought angst, intricate continuity, adult themes, and never-ending plotlines to modern comics. Most comics rapidly aped Claremont's style. In the '80s, comic readers thought it was really cool -- but there are far fewer folks reading comics today. A connection?

At this date, Claremont has returned to writing X-Men after a years-long absence. He has also written Fantastic Four and Sovereign Seven, which seemed to be an attempt to recapture what made X-Men good but turned out remarkably mediocre.