Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, March 2020 Solicits, 28 Creators on 27 Books

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February was a bit of a bounce back month for Marvel after a very subpar January, and the publisher’s female and non-binary representation looks to be carrying on at a similar level in March. Marvel remains well below their 2019 highs, but it’s good to see some stability. There’s a solid core of female and non-binary creators at Marvel right now, which is a good foundation to build on. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in March:

  • Amy Chu: Aero #9 (co-writer), Sword Master #9 (co-writer)
  • Anna Rud: Outlawed #1 (variant cover)
  • Audrey Mok: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #9 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Dark Agnes #2 (writer)
  • Belen Ortega: Guardians of the Galaxy #3 (interior art)
  • Carmen Carnero: Star #3 (cover)
  • Claire Roe: Nebula #2 (interior art)
  • Dana Schwartz: 2020 Rescue #1 (writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Fantastic Four #20 (variant cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Outlawed #1 (writer)
  • Fonda Lee: 2020 Iron Age #1 (co-writer)
  • Jen Bartel: 2020 Rescue #1 (variant cover), Nebula #2 (cover)
  • Karla Pacheco: Spider-Woman #1 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #16 (writer), Deadpool #5 (writer), Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #5 (writer), Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #6 (writer), Star #3 (writer)
  • Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #6 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: Spider-Man Noir #1 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: X-Men/Fantastic Four #3 (variant cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Deadpool #5 (variant cover)
  • Nina Vakueva: Guardians of the Galaxy #3 (interior art)
  • Peach Momoko: Spider-Woman #1 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #31 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #3 (cover)
  • Sarah Dyer: Fantastic Four: Marvels Snapshot #1 (co-writer)
  • Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #8 (writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: Dark Agnes #2 (cover)
  • Tini Howard: Excalibur #8 (writer), Excalibur #9 (writer), Strikeforce #7 (writer)
  • Torunn Grønbekk: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #9 (co-writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Morbius #5 (writer), Nebula #2 (writer)

All together, there are 28 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 27 books at Marvel this March, the same amount of creators and two more books than in February. Consistency is not exactly exciting to write about, really. Gains and losses are far more interesting! But steady representation is a good thing, and while Marvel’s not at a great level relative to their past performances, they’ve certainly been far, far lower.

Looking at the number of books scheduled for March, Marvel’s got female and non-binary creators on 27 of their 88 books, giving us 31% representation across the line. That’s where they were last month, considering the consistency by every metric this go-round.

We’ve got at least two new names in the mix this month, with Sarah Dyer co-writing the Fantastic Four: Marvels Snapshot special and Nina Vakueva doing some artwork in Guardians of the Galaxy. Dana Schwartz and Fonda Lee are also making their second appearances after small gigs back in 2019. A new name is always good to see, and it’s also nice to see creators coming back after past gigs went well for them.

It’s a big month for new books, too. Spider-Woman is headlining her own title again, with a new costume I don’t much care for, but oh well. She’s a great character that deserves a spotlight. We’ve also got some team books with female representation. The cool looking Strange Academy features Magik and Scarlet Witch, along with several female students at the magic institution whose names we don’t know yet. Psylocke is part of the new Hellions book, while Ms. Marvel looks to be a big player in Outlawed and all of the fallout the new “no teen superheroes” law will lead to.

Overall, things are going to stay pretty steady at Marvel in March. There are some new names in the mix as well, which is a positive sign. At the same time, though, DC’s got higher representation right now. Holding steady in second position isn’t anything to write home about. Hopefully this consistency is laying the groundwork for future growth in the months to come.

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.

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