Drawing Crazy Patterns – CLAREMONTISM: “Bang. You Dead!”

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Drawing Crazy Patterns – CLAREMONTISM: “Bang. You Dead!”

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.

This is a special CLAREMONTISM edition of Drawing Crazy Patterns, honoring one of the bits that Chris Claremont frequently features in his work (especially his X-Men work).

Today, we take a look at “Bang. You’re Dead.”


NOTE: I used most of these in an old Top Five list. Still, it belongs in this column, too, so here ya go!

Chris Claremont actually used the basic phrase all the way back in 1975 in Marvel Premiere #27, starring Satana…

But obviously it was during his X-Men comic run that the phrase became famous.

Here, in Uncanny X-Men #213 (by Claremont, Alan Davis and Paul Neary), Sabretooth says it to Rogue…

In Uncanny X-Men #255 (by Claremont, Marc Silvestri and Dan Green), Forge says it to the Reavers…

Gambit used the phrase awesomely in two issues by Claremont (he also used it in a later issue that I think Fabian Nicieza scripted over a Claremont plot, so I don’t think it counts. It’s the one I used as the display for this piece).

First, in Uncanny X-Men #273 (by Claremont, Michael Golden and Scott Williams)…

Man, Golden is an amazing artist.

and then Uncanny X-Men #277 (by Claremont, Jim Lee and Williams)….

Finally, in X-Men #1 (by Claremont, Lee and Williams), Wolverine gets to use the phrase at the end of the extended training sequence that introduced the new combined X-Men team…

If you have a future idea for Drawing Crazy Patterns (whether another Claremontism or not), let me know by e-mailing me at!