Women At Marvel Comics – November 2013 Solicits


It was another very disappointing month for female creators in the Marvel solicits, made even worse by the fact that there was only one returning female creator from last month.  While the female character situation isn’t too bad, the lack of women making comics in these solicits is reaching some dire lows.  Let’s go through the November 2013 solicits:

  • Kelly Sue DeConnick is writing Avengers Assemble #21, and her usual Captain Marvel isn’t solicited, though it sounds like it will be back soon.
  • Louise Simonson is writing a story in the special one-shot X-Men: Gold #1, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the X-Men.
  • Amanda Conner is doing the cover for Daredevil: Dark Nights #6 and Painkiller Jane: The Price of Freedom #1.
  • And that is it for female creators.
  • An Ultimate Universe event, Cataclysm, starts in November with four series.  Cataclysm: Ultimates #1 and Cataclysm: Ultimate X-Men #1 don’t feature any ladies on the cover, but I’m sure there’ll be a bunch in the books.  Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #1 is 3 of 8 for female characters on the cover, while Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 mentions Dagger and Spider-Woman in the solicit.
  • The solicit for X-Men: Gold #1 mentions Kitty Pryde and Rogue, and 2 of the 6 characters mentioned are women, while Kitty and Rogue show up again on the cover of the new mini Marvel Knights: X-Men #1 alongside Wolverine, making that book an impressive 2 of 3.
  • Jimmy Palmiotti, Juan Santacruz, and Sam Lofti are launching Painkiller Jane: The Price of Freedom #1, a mature series with a female lead.

Overall, 3 different female creators are on 4 different comics November, a reverse of October’s 4 different female creators on 3 books.  These are terrible numbers in back to back months, and September wasn’t all that good either.  I don’t know what’s up with this skid from what were some pretty solid numbers just a few months ago, but Marvel is down to ONE female creator with a regular gig right now and sporadic, rare appearances elsewhere.  I sincerely hope they’ve got some big plans coming up, because this is terrible.

On the bright side, female character representation remains decent.  It’s a good month for Kitty Pryde and Rogue, while a new series with a female lead is always nice to see.  We’ve lost a few female-led series over the past few months, but luckily new ones continue to come up.

Overall, Marvel is in the midst of a significant female creator problem.  They’re doing well with their female characters, but this lack of women creating comics has gotten beyond bad.  We’ve been looking at the Marvel solicits for a year now, so keep your eyes peeled for a post that charts how far Marvel’s fallen over the past twelve months.  It’s a frustrating situation, and one they really ought to take steps to remedy.

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

2 thoughts on “Women At Marvel Comics – November 2013 Solicits

  1. I find this article interesting, but not in a good way. I don’t see any mention of female colourists or editiors that are working on books, of which I know there are quite a few female editors. Isn’t that kind of discrediting their work with comics? Saying that having a female as an editor doesn’t count as a woman in the comics industry? Read the credits in a comic you will see that there are quite a few female editors and associate editors. Also any cover DRAWN by Terry Dodson is COLOURED by his wife, so I guess a woman colouring cover art doesn’t count as a woman being involved in comics either. I’m all for females working more in the comic industry as I am a female and I love comics, but I feel that this article over shadows several women that do work in comics.
    For example with some of the comics I’ve bought in August alone –
    Wolverine and the X-Men – Laura Martin is the colourist
    Wolverine – Jennifer M Smith – Assistant Editor, Jeanine Schaefer – Editor
    Infinity – the Adam Kubert cover is coloured by Laura Martin and the co-editor is Lauren Sankovitch
    Lauren Sankovitch is also the co-editor on Avengers and editor on Avengers Assemble.
    Those are just a few names to add to who you have mentioned earlier. Just because they aren’t a writer or an artist doesn’t mean that being involved in comics as an editor, colourist, inker or associate editor means that they don’t work in comics.

    1. I appreciate your concerns, but this post is about the monthly solicits which only mention the primary cover artist, writer, penciller, and inker. Colourists (cover or interior), letterers, and editors aren’t listed. I do monthly stats for the full credits for all of DC and Marvel’s books with my regular article “Gendercrunching” at Bleeding Cool and another follow-up post here; you can find them in the “Women in Comics Statistics” category on the main page, and they go through the stats for all of the jobs you’ve mentioned. I certainly value colourists, letterers, and editors. They just aren’t listed in either publisher’s solicitations.

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