Hark How the Bells–! marks the end of the year and the end of an era as Chris Claremont departs the title.
X-23’s transgression in the beginning is forgiven by books end. Between, Claremont ties up a few loose ends and tantalizes what may come. All is witnessed by Xavier and Magneto who see the festivities of promises made and kept.
The X-Men were maybe the least of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s creations at the beginning of the Marvel Universe. By issue 67 the title was limping along with reprints of earlier exploits.
Not until Giant-Size X-Men (1975) one, by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum, did the book publish new material. Claremont took over writing chores with issue 94, picking up where the original series left off.
As the second coming picked up speed, Claremont would expand the mutant universe with titles like The New Mutants and Excalibur. In 1991 he and Jim Lee teamed for the adjective less X-Men which remains the best-selling comic book of all time.
Claremont would leave shortly after.
He later returned to helm the Fantastic Four. The X-Men beckoned as well and he would return in 2004.
The X-books continue to be mega sellers. With or without Claremont, but it is he who pioneered the popularity.