Marvel’s solid 2019 is set to continue in May as the publisher’s female and non-binary creator representation remains high. It’s a stability we’re not used to seeing at Marvel, but it’s a welcome change. There’s been a strong core of creators with regular gigs thus far this year, as well as a rotating group of creators who bounce from specials to minis to random ongoing issues and help keep the numbers high. And they’re even higher now. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in May:
- Alti Firmansyah: The Unstoppable Wasp #7 (interior art), The Unstoppable Wasp #8 (interior art)
- Amanda Conner: Captain Marvel #5 (cover)
- Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #32 (cover), X-23 #12 (cover)
- Audrey Mok: Marvel Rising #3 (cover)
- Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #5 (interior art)
- Devin Grayson: War of the Realms: War Scrolls #2 (co-writer)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #33 (cover)
- Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #6 (writer), Marvel Team-Up #2 (writer)
- Gail Simone: Domino: Hotshots #3 (writer), Tony Stark: Iron Man #12 (writer)
- Jen Bartel: Black Panther #12 (interior art), Marvel Tales: Avengers #1 (cover), Marvel Tales: Iron Man #1 (cover), Thanos #2 (variant cover)
- Jen Soska: Black Widow #5 (co-writer)
- Jody Houser: Star Wars: Tie Fighter #2 (writer)
- Kate Niemczyk: Age of Conan: Belit #3 (interior art)
- Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #5 (writer), Mr. and Mrs. X #11 (writer)
- Kirbi Fagan: Shuri #8 (cover)
- Leah Williams: Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #4 (writer), Giant-Man #1 (writer), Giant-Man #2 (writer)
- Mariko Tamaki: X-23 #12 (writer)
- Michelle Delecki: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #4 (cover)
- Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #43 (cover)
- Nilah Magruder: Marvel Rising #3 (writer)
- Nnedi Okorafor: Shuri #8 (writer)
- Rachael Stott: Shuri #8 (interior art)
- Rachel Dodson: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Boba Fett #1 (cover), Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Han Solo #1 (cover), Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Jabba the Hutt #1 (cover), Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Lando Calrissian #1 (cover)
- Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #21 (writer)
- Sana Takeda: Age of Conan: Belit #3 (cover)
- Seanan McGuire: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #4 (writer), Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #8 (writer)
- Stacey Lee: The Unstoppable Wasp #7 (cover), The Unstoppable Wasp #8 (cover)
- Stephanie Hans: Age of Conan: Belit #3 (variant cover), Marvels Annotated #4 (variant cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #32 (variant cover)
- Sujin Jo: Amazing Spider-Man #21 (variant cover), Magnificent Ms. Marvel #3 (variant cover), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #43 (variant cover), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #33 (variant cover), The Unstoppable Wasp #7 (variant cover)
- Sylvia Soska: Black Widow #5 (co-writer)
- Tini Howard: Age of Conan: Belit #3 (writer), Thanos #2 (writer)
- Vita Ayala: Age of X-Man: Prisoner X #3 (writer)
- Yasmine Putri: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Han Solo #1 (variant cover)
All together, there are 33 female and non-binary creators set to work on 35 different books at Marvel in May, two more creators than in April across five more books. The lengthy list above is an amazing compilation of talented creators, and the publisher had done a solid job keeping a solid portion of them employed across the line for several months running now. They’re working throughout the books as well. A lot of covers, as always, but a lot of writers, too, and a growing number of interior artists.
We’re also now keeping track of the number of books as well, what with DC cutting back their line and Marvel appearing to expand theirs. They’re set to publish 99 books in May, a massive numbers of titles. With female and non-binary creators working on 35 different books, that accounts for representation on a smidge over 35% of the books, which is a drop of 4% from April. Marvel is set to publish twenty additional issues in May, and they haven’t hired women or non-binary creators at a proportional rate for all of these new books, which is somewhat disappointing to see.
For new names, we’ve got Sujin Jo on several variant covers. I should also point out that there are a slew of Asian artists working on other variant covers across the line and, while I’ve been able to track down some of them, a few remain mysteries to me and I can’t determine their gender. Most of them are based in Asia, with websites in their native languages, and I can’t glean the information I need. So there may be even more new female and non-binary creators in the mix. I’m going to keep searching, and hopefully I can track everyone down in time for my more detailed full stats count.
May isn’t a big month for new female creators, apart from team books. Elektra is in Savage Avengers, while a range of War of the Realms tie-ins have Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Freyja, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Silk, and a handful more superheroines in the mix.
Overall, while Marvel’s numbers for female and non-binary creators aren’t exactly keepin up with May’s big jump in titles, representation remains high at the publisher. And across a wide range of books as well, not just ones headlined by female characters. It’s been a relatively impressive run for Marvel, and we’ll be back next month to see if it continues.