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The “angry Claremontian narrator” is a weird and delightful stylistic variation that has been elevated to new heights by @XPlaintheXmen. There might be a simple explanation for the odd style shift, wherein Claremont picked up the habit through osmosis with “Iron Fist.” #xmen 1/6
The angry Claremontian narrator doesn’t appear too often, shows up mostly in early UXM issues, and involves the narrator of the story actively (and aggressively) taunting and demoralizing the characters within the panels of the story. 2/6
In Iron Fist’s first appearance, legendary author (and Claremont’s mentor) Roy Thomas launched IF with a unique narrative conceit: a rare 2nd person narration style which immerses the reader in the life of Iron Fist in a manner quite similar to a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure. 3/6
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In “The Tao of Women in the X-Men World,” scholar Carol Cooper draws in psychosexual theory to help explore the infamous sexual subtext of Claremont’s writings, with particular emphasis on the concept of sublimation. #xmen 1/9
Sublimation refers to the conscious or unconscious channelling of socially unacceptable urges into condoned expressions of those urges. Common examples of sexual sublimation might include singing, zealotry, sport, and dancing (“the vertical expression of a horizontal desire”) 2/9
Obviously, we can’t generalize this and say that all these things are always sexual. These are multi-faceted experiences that mean different things to different people, but for a lot of people, there might be a sexual component to them, even just as rechannelled energies. 3/9
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On multiple occasions, when Claremont provides insight into Logan’s romantic desires, he’s also conveying Wolverine’s desires for who Logan wants to be, and, in multiple scenes, love interests actually merge into one amalgamated person. #Wolverine #xmen 1/11 Image
In the Claremont/Miller Wolverine miniseries, Logan finds himself torn between Mariko and Yukio. As Yukio tries to seduce him, her face actually shifts to that of Mariko in Logan’s perception, and he subsequently refuses Yukio’s advances. 2/11 Image
We’ve discussed before how Claremont’s notebooks specifically reveal a plan by which Mariko and Yukio represent different life-paths for the character - personifications of his own opposing values and ideals for self-definition. 3/11 Image
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While the academy essentially lost touch with Claremont’s work for a period of about a decade, a wide-ranging (and sometimes networked) community of fan-scholars kept the study of Claremont’s work alive and thriving, thus showcasing the value of blended scholarship. #xmen 1/7
The term “fan-scholar” was first defined by Media Professor Matt Hills in 2002 as “a fan who uses academic methodology and theories in work produced for fandom.” This can include interpretive/analytical work, as well as archival projects. 2/7
As North American comics scholarship took shape in the 1990s, Claremont’s work was very much in the conversation, appearing prominently in key works by traditional scholars such as Richard Reynolds, Roger Sabin and others. 3/7
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Milestone acknowledgement: huge thank you to everyone for helping us crack 10K followers, 9,750 more than I had originally aimed for. In honor of that, I thought it might be a good time to reflect, in general, on the things that I’ve learned from this project. #xmen 1/8 Image
The Centrality of Storm: the more I study the series and the character, the clearer it is to me just how much the entire run pivots around Ororo. Wolverine is the most famous (and a wonderful character in his own right) but Storm is the engine that moves the X-Men. 2/8 Image
The Joy of X-Twitter: though afraid to enter a public discourse on social media, I found those fears to be unfounded. I’m sure there’s toxic fandoms out there, but X-Twitter has been, on the whole, delightful – welcoming, kind, thoughtful, generous. Deeply grateful there. 3/8 Image
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While Claremont’s “method writing” approach is well-known and well-discussed, his partner on Excalibur, Alan Davis, is on record in interview as taking a similar approach to his figure drawing, offering an explanation to the enduring poignancy of their collaboration. #xmen 1/5 Image
“One of the things that I do with any group of characters that I work on is try to get under the skin of every character so that I become so familiar with him or her, that they actually exist in my head when I’m drawing them – so that I’m not drawing just stock figures.” 2/5 Image
This intuitive approach lends itself to a certain naturalness of figure, posture, and expression – one that is only possible with a pre-existing mastery over structural method. The result is characters who speak volumes even when silent, even when standing in the background. 3/5 Image
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Though presented as the saner option within Excalibur’s love triangle, Kurt’s infatuation with Meggan – and vice versa – presents a number of symbolic complications that undermine the simplistic nice guy/trophy girl dynamic that we often see in the era. #xmen @GoshGollyWow 1/7
The most commonly discussed complication is the simple fact that Meggan takes on Kurt’s shape when attracted to him. Thus, his attraction to her could be narcissistic in nature, a projection of his desire to be desirable, despite his atypical features. 2/7
We also, of course, have to mention that when Meggan looks like Kurt, she’s incidentally taking on the appearance of Kurt’s biological mother as well. Kurt never knew Mystique in this capacity, as he was abandoned by her as an infant, but still. 3/7
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There’s seemingly a fundamental friction between the progressive and inclusive sexual politics of Kurt Wagner as a person and the (arguably) misogynistic sexual politics of some of the established fictional genres that he fantasizes about participating in. #xmen 1/9
Let’s start by framing this more simply: Kurt respects women. Errol Flynn movies and John Carter novels tend to frame women as sexual trophies devoid of agency. I’m not saying these stories are bad or anyone is wrong to like them, just that the female characters are objects. 2/9
There are two ways then to approach this friction: either Kurt is a hypocrite, or there is a layer of irony that we can locate within his participation in these genres, one that might even hold the potential to produce critical insights int the tropes those genres perpetuate. 3/9
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Nightcrawler’s fantastic difference can resonate with many kinds of Otherness, including disability, racial difference & gender or sexual deviance. This makes him very identifiable. It also makes his objectification very complicated—and fascinating. #XMen @GoshGollyWow 1/11 Image
Beginning in Claremont-penned comics & continuing thereafter, Kurt’s body often becomes an explicit or commented-upon spectacle. One explanation is: Kurt is a sexy character with an exhibitionist streak. But because his body is also seen as monstrous, we need to dig deeper. 2/11 Image
In Excalibur #1, Kurt is objectified in an intimate domestic space for an implied female gaze, actualized by Meggan. This is unusual for male characters. It would be a stretch to say Kurt's feminized, but scenes like this do place him in a stereotypically feminine role. 3/11 Image
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One of the ways that Claremont defines Jean as a 2nd wave feminist superhero is through her simple, consistent reluctance to fall into a domestic relationship against her wishes and to assert, instead, her independence and superheroism. #xmen 1/13
Betty Friedan is a major catalyst of American 2nd wave feminism who speaks to the confining effect of women’s forced domesticity. “Why should women accept this picture of a half-life, instead of a share in the whole of human destiny?” 2/13
We see Jean challenge this half-life early on with her assertion of power and agency in sacrificing herself to save her peers. Though a civilian at this time, she refuses Scott’s attempt to shield her and claims the role of martyr for herself – quite authoritatively. 3/13
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The visual dynamism of any given comic is usually ascribed to the talent of the immediate visual team, but having something dynamic to draw is sort of step 1 and, in that light, Bob McLeod’s designs for the New Mutants are genuinely remarkable. #xmen #newmutants 1/7
With Cannonball, McLeod made the decision to have his legs literally disappear when he’s blasting (by which I obviously mean blastin’). It’s a simple, but very surreal choice that establishes through visual metaphor the synergy between Sam’s body and his eruptions. 2/7
Dani’s power doesn’t always have a consistent visual language, but the concept of it is carte-blanche for nightmarish horror images in which someone’s worst fear can be sprawled across the panel to dramatic effect whenever needed. 3/7
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In UXM #108, Corsair and Storm lend Jean Grey their essence to stand beside her as she attempts to stitch the very fabric of reality together. It’s a dramatic moment that scholar Ramzi Fawaz isolates for its importance in terms of progressive representation. #xmen 1/3 Image
“The double embrace unifies the previously rent identities depicted in the famous cover image to X-Men #101, joining categories of male and female, black and white, while bridging the gap between liberal and cultural feminist worldviews embodied by Storm and Jean.” 2/3 Image
“In light of the internal divisions over questions of race and class privilege that plagued women’s liberation in the mid-1970s, to see a black woman join hands with a white woman to save the universe was no minor representational achievement” 3/3 Image
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Rather than simply framing “The New Mutants” entirely from the students’ perspective, Claremont places a great deal of emphasis on the challenges faced by their educators, tasked with nurturing the young mutants through their individual challenges. #xmen #newmutants 1/10 Image
The stories invest the reader in the pedagogical hurdles that the team presents by providing a great deal of internal narration from Professor X and later Magneto as they contemplates how to reach the students – how to help them overcome their individual challenges. 2/10 Image
Rahne is sheltered and traumatized. Karma is traumatized and disinterested in superheroics. Magma is sheltered and entitled. Illyana is traumatized and obscenely powerful. Roberto is headstrong and prone to posturing in order to mask his insecurities (and also traumatized). 3/10 Image
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Rose rose #rosetopia Part 10! Let us begin!

Last time we got to know @prayersfromabi the Cleric and @tiefyweefy the Mage! We're on the way to Neksdor town to meet some more folks! But first, we may have some loose ends from the previous chapter to tie up!

#miitopia #envtuber
@prayersfromabi @tiefyweefy Oh, It's Barry B Benson, Feebee's ex! And he's run across a strange Lamp! Didn't the great sage Magik warn us about this? Hmm

#rosetopia #miitopia

Oh no he's kind of a dick! We better stop him from wrecking the gaff!

#kamenrider #miitopia #rosetopia #deno
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Arguably the most poignant costume transformation in UXM is that of Storm’s embrace of a costume that signifies the punk subculture (or counterculture) and digging a bit deeper into what it represents can illuminate the full significance of that shift on her character. 1/8 #xmen
The punk movement is often badly misunderstood in the popular zeitgeist. It isn’t about wrecking, it’s about resisting. Even the concept of anarchism contains a number of beautiful ideals at its core, including an enhanced commitment to community and love. 2/8
Claremont shows complete awareness of the significance of Ororo’s transformation in the form of Kitty’s reaction, which surfaces the same misconceptions about what punk fashion represents. Kitty comes around, though, and so too does the reader. 3/8
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The Cross-Time Caper is easily the most famous story arc from Claremont’s Excalibur, but it’s also a misnomer. Rather than ‘time’ (or even dimensions) the caper is actually built around a tour of famous fictional settings. 1/7 #xmen #excalibur @GoshGollyWow
The story begins with a dive into a world of Arthurian Romance in the spirit of Thomas Mallory’s “Le Morte D’Arthur” or T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King.” This initial foray sets the tone for juxtaposing Excalibur with a different fictional universe. 2/7
From there, the team lands into a metatextual alternate version of the Marvel Comics Universe itself; After that they find themselves in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars; after that: a Manga universe with direct connections to Dirty Pair and Speed Racer. 3/7
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Hey it's #miitopia Adventure part 3!!!

Last time we met the Great Sage MAGIK who helped us fend off DARK LORD GARFIELD.

Moving to the east, we get stopped by the Royal Guard. It's the Dark Order!
@stu_dos @EvilUno @Pres10Vance @Alan_V_Angels
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Oh man Stu Grayson Dark Order, why you gotta be a buzzkill today?

Guess we're not based enough to go this route yet! We must prove ourselves before enterring the castle! (or find a way to sneak around).

#rosetopia #miitopia #aew #joindarkorder
Onwards through the STRANGE GROVE! Maybe we'll find a way around this way!

Tulip and Rose have something(someone?) else on their minds though...

#rosetopia #miitopia
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We got @chainsaw_alice as our "Roaming Gourmet" who seems to have a supply of quality... meats. I mean her backstory says her family are butchers, right?

And we got pro Entertainer @rokokoprufei as our Quizmaster! The Trivia Clown cometh!
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@chainsaw_alice @rokokoprufei Nintendo fangirl is Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan! Sorry
@GWillowWilson for flanderising your girl haha.

Aniki: Billy Herrington is reborn as a roving photographer! Making use of his skills in the "industry".

And graduating from emails to real mails...
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Eep! More of these weird face creatures!

But what's that!? Another adventurer come to give me a hand? I feel like she's someone I knew in a past life... It's @ArlyDarkfire ! Here to show off the skills Momly taught her!

Dragons are great natural cooks!

#miitopia #rosetopia
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Placing Kitty Pryde into the position of viewpoint character has to represent one of the most groundbreaking decisions within the entirety of the Claremont run – a move that ultimately impacted the series, comics as a whole, and even Western media in powerful ways. #xmen 1/10
The Claremont run begins with Cyclops as the main viewpoint character. Kitty joins the team right at his departure and soon enough takes over as a main viewpoint character for the rest of her tenure, as reflected in our data (noting that Kitty’s only on for 70ish issues). 2/10
At the time of her arrival, Claremont had already executed a turn toward more adult-oriented stories (something that becomes even more pronounced after the death of an X-Man in DPS). It’s therefore perhaps odd to bring on a teen protagonist. 3/10
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Issue #14 of Excalibur features a visual and narrative sequence that offers rich potential for a sexual interpretation (within a series that relishes sexual symbolism) when perceived through that particular interpretive lens. #xmen 1/10
The centrepiece of this reading is the single panel of Rachel, rippling with energy, reaching toward Widget who is placed at the exact location of her genitals with an almost orgiastic grin upon his face in an example of what's called “yonic imagery.” 2/10
The narrative of the story only enhances the symbolism through escalating tension building to climax. The entire planet is about to collapse and Excalibur needs to power up Widget in order to escape. The dialogue includes a double entendre in “jump-start that little sucker.” 3/10
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In his 2006 essay “Mutant Readers, Reading Mutants: Appropriation, Assimilation and the X-Men,” scholar Neil Shyminsky capably argues that X-Men comics can be seen to appropriate and sell a narrative of disempowerment to the empowered. #xmen 1/6 Image
“Rather than reflecting…that disempowered minorities are reading about and identifying themselves in the pages of the comic book, most readers are being taught to identify with oppressions that are unfamiliar and, I would argue, unequalto their own.” 2/6 Image
For Shyminsky, this approach is problematic as it creates an implied “equivalence” between (in his example) being a geek and other forms of oppression such as “racism, sexism or homophobia.” 3/6 Image
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One of the more fundamental problems with Wein’s launch of the new X-Men was the paradox of trying to appeal to an international market while still presenting a form of colonialist cultural centralism. Claremont didn’t always escape that, but he made important strides. #xmen 1/11
GSX 1 begins with Xavier traveling the world to recruit a new batch of X-Men from their homelands, often removing them from existing hero (or goddess) roles for their respective peoples with the promise of an obligation to the world that lands them squarely in upstate NY 2/11
Once Claremont takes over, some more rational considerations appear, however. In UXM 94, for example, Sunfire leaves the X-Men immediately out of a sense of obligation for his homeland. Fans were confused by this initially, but it’s actually pretty sensible. 3/11
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PSA for writers:

Let me first give a couple examples of the horrible "Magic Legs" trope!

Professor Xavier in the #Xmen series could walk for most of season 2 because *on Genosha his powers were suppressed... Therefore he could walk*

My goodness that's so damn ridiculous
Maybe don't write a plot where you send a wheelchair user to a tropical island with no wheelchair access! How hard is that?!

So let's discuss how this ridiculous trope is why people think disabled people will be magically healed!
How this trope has contributed to people actually pulling disabled people out of their chairs and taking away their mobility aids because abled people think we just need the right motivation or situation to be normal!
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In 2000, former Marvel EIC, Jim Shooter sat down with CBR to discuss his legacy in comics, including his enduring perspective on his infamously contentious yet mutually beneficial relationship with Claremont on UXM. He tends to ramble a bit, but here’s some highlights: #xmen 1/11
“I inherited a company that was going out of business and losing money. I turned it around. In order to turn it around, I had to do things like tighten the ship. Creative people who have lived in anarchy do not like to be suddenly told no.” 2/11
“It's funny now, talk to people like Claremont. When I first sat down and talked to people like Claremont, and I'm saying story structure, identify your characters. Introduce your characters and concepts. Stuff he knew.” 3/11
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