After what has been a rough year thus far for female and non-binary creator representation at Marvel, the publisher seems to have settled into a bit of a groove now. Unconventionally, too. Maybe about half of the gigs listed below are steady, ongoing jobs. The rest are variant covers, one-shots, or mini-series, positions that don’t last for long. And yet, Marvel’s keeping their numbers steady on the backs of such gigs. More long-term work would be nice to see, and the publisher does remain well below their past highs, but at least they’ve pulled themselves up from the terrible numbers they were posting earlier in the year. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this September:
- Agnes Garbowska: Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Captain Marvel – First Day of School #1 (cover)
- Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #24 (cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #2 (variant cover)
- Becky Cloonan: Moon Knight #199 (cover)
- Carmen Carnero: X-Men Red #8 (interior art)
- Devin Grayson: Marvel Rising: Omega #1 (writer)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Avengers #7 (variant cover)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #36 (cover)
- Eve Venture: Avengers #7 (variant cover)
- G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #34 (writer)
- Gail Simone: Domino #6 (writer), Domino Annual #1 (co-writer)
- Gurihiru: Marvel Rising: Omega #1 (cover)
- Helen Chen: Marvel Rising: Omega #1 (variant cover)
- Jenny Frison: X-Men Red #8 (cover)
- Jody Houser: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #23 (writer)
- Kelly Thompson: West Coast Avengers #2 (writer)
- Leah Williams: Domino Annual #1 (co-writer)
- Margaret Stohl: The Life of Captain Marvel #3 (writer)
- Mariko Tamaki: X-23 #4 (writer)
- Natacha Bustos: Domino Annual #1 (interior art), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #35 (interior art, cover)
- Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #13 (writer)
- Sara Pichelli: Avengers #7 (interior art), Fantastic Four #2 (interior art)
- Sing Ji: Spidergeddon #0 (variant cover)
- Tini Howard: Captain America Annual #1 (writer)
- Vanessa Del Rey: Sentry #4 (variant cover)
- Yasmine Putri: X-23 #4 (variant cover)
All together, there are 26 different female creators scheduled to work on 21 different comic books at Marvel in September, 1 more creator than in August and the same number of books. As far as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in Marvel’s solicits. So we don’t have much of a gain here, but what we do have is some much needed stability. The publisher has had at least 20 female creators in their ranks for four months running now, and this is their highest total since last September. Of course, Marvel’s been well into the 30s before so the mid-20s is nothing to write home about. Hooray for staying out of the teens and all, but there’s still a long way to go for the publisher to reach the level they’re capable of.
We’ve got some new creators set for September. Two of them, Eve Venture and Sing Ji, are on variant covers, while Tini Howard is writing a Captain America annual. These are all one-time gigs, but who knows where they could lead in the future? I don’t think we’ve seen Agnes Garbowska at Marvel before either, and she’s on covers for a new Marvel kids’ book.
New titles are few for September, but Asgardians of the Galaxy is set to debut and it features both Angela and Valkyrie. Everything else is dudes, including returns for Wolverine and Iceman. So there aren’t a lot of female characters premiering in new books this month, but there aren’t too many new books either.
Overall, September looks decent for female creator representation at Marvel. It’s taken a while for the publisher to dig out of their hole, but now their numbers are holding strong at a reasonable level. Marvel can now be slightly less embarrassed about their lack of female creators! They should still be embarrassed to some degree, though. They’ve still got hundreds of dudes versus 26 women. But things are starting to look up.