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COMIC LEGEND: Chris Claremont had to get legal permission from DC Comics before he used Neal Conan in Sovereign Seven.
Longtime X-Men fans might recall how Chris Claremont used real-life National Public Radio personalities Neal Conan and Manoli Wetherell in X-Men comics.
He first used Conan in Uncanny X-Men #200 as a means of exposition…
But eventually both Conan and Wetherell appeared in the X-Men comics proper…
Claremont was good friends with both Conan and Wetherell in real life, hence their appearances in his comics. Reader John, though, wrote in with a great story he heard from Conan about a LATER appearance of the pair. Here’s John…
Since Sovereign Seven was a DC book, Conan said there was some controversy about him being used in that book. According to Conan, they had a room full of lawyers discussing whether or not he was a Marvel Comic book character. Conan said he was relieved when the lawyers finally decided that yes, he was in fact a real person. That allowed Claremont to use him in Sovereign Seven.
Here they are in Sovereign Seven #10…
Awesome story, John!
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