Continuing our upbeat start to the New Year, here are some more marginally decent numbers for female creators from a major comics publisher! These aren’t bananas high numbers or anything like that, just better than they’ve been. The room to grow remains ENORMOUS. Nonetheless, it’s Marvel’s best month in some time, and that is nice to see. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in March 2016:
- Afua Richardson: X-Men ’92 #1 (variant cover)
- Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #1 (interior art)
- Amy M. Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #5 (co-writer, cover)
- Annie Wu: Deadpool #8 (variant cover)
- Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #4 (art and cover)
- Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird #1 (writer)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Captain Marvel #3 (variant cover), Hyperion #1 (cover), Ms. Marvel #5 (variant cover), Spider-Gwen #6 (variant cover)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 (interior art, variant cover), Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #4 (variant cover)
- G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #5 (writer)
- Helen Chen: Silk #6 (cover)
- Jody Houser: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #5 (writer)
- Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #1 (cover), Uncanny Avengers #7 (variant cover)
- Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #4 (writer)
- Kate Niemczyk: Invincible Iron Man #7 (variant cover), Mockingbird #1 (interior art)
- Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Queen of Hel #6 (writer)
- Marguerite Sauvage: Scarlet Witch #4 (interior art)
- Michele Fazekas: Captain Marvel #3 (co-writer)
- Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #5 (interior art)
- Nik Virella: Hyperion #1 (interior art)
- Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #2 (art and cover)
- Shawna Mills: Hyperion #1 (variant cover)
- Siya Oum: Rocket Raccoon & Groot #3 (variant cover)
- Stacey Lee: Silk #6 (interior art)
- Stephanie Hans: Angela: Queen of Hel #6 (art and cover)
- Tara Butters: Captain Marvel #3 (co-writer)
- Tula Lotay: Black Widow #1 (variant cover)
- Yasmine Putri: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #5 (cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #4 (cover), The Ultimates #5 (variant cover)
All together, there are 27 different female creators set to work on 21 different books this March, a big jump from February’s 18 and 15 as well as Marvel’s highest number of different female creators maybe since I started keeping track? I’m flipping back through my numbers here and not seeing a better month from Marvel. Hey, good work Marvel! New high! Women still comprise a rather small minority of their overall creators, but it’s a less tiny minority than before.
March is also set to be a good month for female characters at Marvel, with both Black Widow and Mockingbird launching new series (the latter with several female creators involved), while there are several female characters in the new X-Men ’92 series, along with Alti Firmansyah drawing the book.
Furthermore, Marvel’s variant cover theme for March is “Women of Power.” Marvel does this every March for Women’s History Month, and it usually results in an uptick of their female creator numbers as they bring in a variety of women to draw cool ladies. It’s a fun promotion with lots of great art, and it’s good to see so many different female creators in the mix, including some new names. At the same time, though, it’s a temporary bump. See all of those women with “variant cover” after their name? They probably won’t be back next month, and Marvel’s numbers will drop accordingly. I’d guess at least 5 of them won’t be back, and possibly more. Variant covers are a great showcase, and a fun way to bring in new creators, but they’re not sustainable gigs.
Still, record breaking month! That’s fun. Though I should point out that Marvel’s record remains far below DC’s recent records; heck, DC even topped them this month. And guess what? DC isn’t exactly killing it with female creators either. So hooray for the new record, but at the same time Marvel should have been here long ago and far past these numbers by now. It’s 2016. The industry is changing. It’s nice to see the bigger publishers starting to catch up, but better isn’t yet good.
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