T.H.E., you're so right. Chris Claremont *was* the X-men, especially Wolverine, and was also the object of their downfall for smarter fans, ie the mushroom like sprouting of series left, right and centre. But only because he made them so popular, not because he did anything wrong. Until CC X-men was just something to bounce the F4 off. Ish.
Ultimately any writer can only publish what he's paid for. So editorially, as Hitler would say, "Blame the Jews." You can blame them for rescuing Marvel, saving everybody's jobs and lately getting those movie deals. Respect Is Due.
(If Germans or Jews are offended with me paying respect to the Jewish community, while mentioning Hitler, then I'll offer up a guarded apology. I'm Irish and have no problem mentioning Cromwell in Irish or English company. If you don't get that then you have no right to complain. Okies?)