Marvel Comics Signs Chris Claremont To 2-year Exclusive Agreement

Official Press Release

Chris Claremont, long considered one of the pillars of the X-Men franchise, and Marvel in general, has signed an exclusive, two-year contract with Marvel!

After registering calls from the neighbors while making noise on titles like X-Treme X-Men, and the upcoming Excalibur, Uncanny X-Men and X-Men: The End, Claremont decided to stick around and kick up the volume even louder. Said Claremont, "Marvel has been good to me, and I'm very happy to continue the relationships I've enjoyed for thirty years. Now, if I may shamelessly plug my own collaborator - wait 'til you see the work Alan's done on Uncanny! Lightning in a bottle! Wow!"

Editor in Chief, Joe Quesada, offered, "I can't imagine an X-Men Universe without Chris. The mark he's made with his quality and longevity is awe-inspiring. To coin a phrase, he's the best there is at what he does!"

Dan Buckley said, "Chris is a symbol of stability, quality, talent and vision. He brings a continuity and style to the table that is unparalleled, and it was important to us that we make sure he's welcome and comfortable as a valued member of the team we're trying to build."

Except for any historical information that they contain, the statements in this news release regarding Marvel's plans are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including a decrease in the level of media exposure or popularity of Marvel's characters, financial difficulties of Marvel's major licensees, delays and cancellations of movies and television productions based on Marvel characters, poor performance of major movies based on Marvel characters, toy-production delays or shortfalls, continued concentration of toy retailers. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in Marvel's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Marvel's Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Marvel assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Marvel, X-Treme X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, X-Men: The End and the distinctive likenesses thereof are trademarks of Marvel Characters, Inc., and are used with permission. Copyright Ó 2004 Marvel Characters, Inc. All rights reserved. www.marvel.com.

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