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

February 20, 2020

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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.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, August 2019 Solicits: 37 Creators on 28 Books

July 26, 2019

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August is a big month for Marvel, with a “landmark” thousandth issue from a massive team of creators set to hit comic shops. The numbering is completely arbitrary, and it’s not even a real series. Marvel saw the success DC had with its legitimate Action Comics #1000 and Detective Comics #1000 and, since there are no Marvel books anywhere close to a thousand issues yet, just decided to make something up and have their own Marvel Comics #1000. It’s a goofy gimmick that will sell a ton of copies because that’s how the comics business works, and it’s set to feature a bunch of female creators, as you can see below. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this August:

  • Alexandra Petri: She-Hulk Annual #1 (writer)
  • Alitha E. Martinez: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #46 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (variant cover), Invisible Woman #2 (variant cover)
  • Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #1 (interio art)
  • Anna Rud: Marvel Team-Up #5 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Marvel Monsters #1 (interior art)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #9 (interior art)
  • Claire Roe: Fearless #2 (interior art)
  • Dana Schwartz: Deadpool Annual #1 (writer)
  • Elsa Charretier: Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Absolute Carnage: Mile Morales #1 (variant cover), Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #47 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #9 (writer), Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Gail Simone: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (variant cover), Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 (interior art)
  • Irene Koh: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Irina Nordsol: Doctor Strange #18 (cover)
  • Jen Bartel: Black Cat #3 (variant cover), Marvel Comics #1000 (creator), Marvel Tales: X-Men #1 (cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Fearless #2 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Tie Fighter #5 (writer)
  • June Brigman: Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Karla Pacheco: Fearless #2 (co-writer)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Kei Zama: Death’s Head #2 (interior art)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #9 (writer), Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Leah Williams: Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (writer)
  • Louise Simonson: Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 (writer)
  • Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #1 (writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: She-Hulk Annual #1 (cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator), Runaways #24 (writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: House of X #2 (variant cover), House of X #3 (variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Fearless #2 (co-writer), Ghost-Spider #1 (writer)
  • Tini Howard: Death’s Head #2 (writer), Marvel Comics #1000 (creator), Thanos #5 (writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Absolute Carnage: Lethal Projectors #1 (variant cover), Fearless #2 (cover), House of X #2 (variant cover), Powers of X #2 (variant cover), Star Wars: Tie Fighter #5 (variant cover)

Altogether, there are 37 different female creators set to work on 28 different books in August, one fewer creator than in July on two fewer books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. It’s a slight drop in both counts, but Marvel’s putting out fewer books this month so we’re in the same ballpark as before as the publisher continues to maintain its high level of female creators. Marvel is on quite a run right now.

We’re still seeing the concentration of female creators we had last month, though. Marvel’s set to put out 85 books in August, and with women working on 28 of them that means the publisher has female creators on 33% of the line. This is a slight step up from July’s 32%, but still below the 40% they posted in June. While the number of female creators remains high, they’re not spread out as much across the line right now.

There are some new names in the mix in August. We’ve got two new female writers with Alexandra Petri and Dana Schwartz, adding an already strong lineup. There are a lot of returning favourites, as well, including legends like June Brigman and Louise Simonson, and it’s been a while since we’ve seen Kathryn Immonen.

For new books, Marvel Comics #1000 is obviously the big one, and it’s set to feature darn near every Marvel character ever, so there’ll certainly be some ladies in the mix. For new books, we’ve got a Gwenpool mini-series and a relaunched Gwen Stacy book, Ghost-Spider, that’s basically just the same book and creative team with a slightly different title and new numbering. There are also team books like Agents of Atlas, Future Foundation, and Power Pack: Grow Up! that have female characters involved.

All together, it’s another solid outing for Marvel. With so many books coming out each month, the jobs are plentiful and they’re filling them with a lot of female creators. Proportionally, it’s not the best numbers we’ve ever seen because Marvel’s been at a comparable level before with much fewer books. But still, this is a relatively strong run, and it’s great to see so many wonderful female creators doing excellent work each month.


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