On the one hand, Marvel will have nearly twice as many female and non-binary creators as DC this June. On the other hand, Marvel is also putting out nearly twice as many books as DC this June. It’s hard to compare the two publishers directly these days, but what’s undoubtedly true is that while DC’s got a core group of female creators in their solicits each month, Marvel’s got a wide ranging assortment of women and non-binary creators month in, month out, some well established on regular gigs and others breaking into the industry on smaller jobs. The breadth of the line means more opportunity, finally. So let’s take a look at the long list of who is doing what at Marvel this June:
- Alitha E. Martinez: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #44 (interior art), Miles Morales: Spider-Man #7 (interior art)
- Amanda Conner: Captain Marvel #6 (cover), Captain Marvel #7 (cover)
- Annapaola Martello: Captain Marvel #6 (interior art), Captain Marvel #7 (interior art)
- Annie Wu: War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #3 (variant cover)
- Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #33 (cover)
- Audrey Mok: Marvel Rising #4 (cover)
- Becky Cloonan: Wolverine: Exit Wounds #1 (variant cover)
- Charlie Jane Anders: War of the Realms: War Scrolls #3 (co-writer)
- Elizabeth Torque: Black Cat #1 (variant cover)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Immortal Hulk #19 (variant cover)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #45 (cover)
- Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #7 (writer), Marvel Team-Up #3 (writer)
- Gail Simone: Domino: Hotshots #4 (writer), Tony Stark: Iron Man #13 (writer)
- Gurihiru: The Unstoppable Wasp #9 (interior art)
- Irina Nordsol: War of the Realms #6 (variant cover)
- Jen Bartel: Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1 (variant cover), Marvel Tales: Spider-Man #1 (cover), War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery #4 (variant cover)
- Jody Houser: Star Wars: Tie Fighter #3 (writer)
- Kate Niemczyk: Age of Conan: Belit #4 (interior art)
- Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #6 (writer), Captain Marvel #7 (writer), Mr. and Mrs. X #12 (writer)
- Kirbi Fagan: Shuri #9 (cover)
- Leah Williams: Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #5 (writer), Giant-Man #3 (writer)
- Meredith Finch: Savage Sword of Conan #6 (writer)
- Nilah Magruder: Marvel Rising #4 (writer)
- Nnedi Okorafor: Shuri #9 (writer)
- Rachael Stott: Shuri #9 (interior art)
- Rachel Dodson: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Darth Vader #1 (cover), Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Luke Skywalker #1 (cover)
- Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #22 (writer)
- Sana Takeda: Age of Conan: Belit #4 (cover)
- Seanan McGuire: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #5 (writer), Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #9 (writer)
- Stacey Lee: The Unstoppable Wasp #9 (cover)
- Tini Howard: Age of Conan: Belit #4 (writer), Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1 (co-writer), Thanos #3 (writer)
- Vanesa Del Rey: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #7 (interior art)
- Vita Ayala: Age of X-Man: Prisoner X #4 (writer)
- Yasmine Putri: Thor #14 (variant cover)
All together, there are 35 different female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 36 Marvel comic books in June, two more creators and one more book than in May. These are big numbers. Again, yes, Marvel is putting out a lot of books right now. But having a commensurate increase in female and non-binary creators while they do so is a pleasant surprise. The Big Two have not been good at that at all. Like, ever.
Speaking of the massive output, Marvel is planning to release 91 new issues in June. With female and non-binary creators working on 36 of them, that’s representation across 40% of the line, an increase of 5% from May. In comparison, DC is at 33%, so Marvel’s a bit ahead, if not starkly so.
It looks like we’ve got a few new creators in the mix as well. As best I can tell, Charlie Jane Anders is doing her first writing for Marvel in War of the Realms: War Scrolls #3, and while Meredith Finch had a long and quite frankly terrible run on Wonder Woman at DC, her gig on Savage Sword of Conan #6 appears to be a Marvel first, too. We’ve also got Russian artist Irina Nordsol doing a variant cover for War of the Realms #6. There are some returning favourites in the mix as well. We haven’t seen Alitha E. Martinez in a little while, it’s been even longer for Annapaola Martello, and it’s always good to see Annie Wu, Gurihiru, and Vanesa Del Rey back at Marvel.
June is a quiet month for new books, with War of the Realms winding down. Things should pick up over the summer, though, and I’m very curious to see what the X-Men relaunch and the cancellation/relaunch of the entire X-line will do to the numbers. But for now, we’ve got one female character on a new title, with Felicia Hardy taking center stage in a Black Cat ongoing series.
Overall, Marvel’s rolling along with relatively strong numbers for female and non-binary creators. As much as there’s always room to grow, the year thus far has shown nothing but sustained representation for writers and artists. I will note that the full numbers haven’t exactly followed suit. When you take into account the full credits, like I do quarterly in my women in comics statistics reports, Marvel’s numbers become a bit underwhelming. But here in the solicits, which are what sell the books, female and non-binary creators have been a solid constant this year.