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Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, June 2019 Solicits: 35 Creators on 36 Books

May 16, 2019

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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.

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Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, May 2019 Solicits: 33 Creators on 35 Books

April 22, 2019

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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.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, April 2019: 32 Creators on 31 Books

March 21, 2019

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Thus far, 2019 has been a strong year for female and non-binary creators at Marvel Comics. And the streak goes back further than that, too. Marvel came out of the summer with some solid gains and by November they were pretty near the level they remain at today. That’s six months of decent representation now. Are there still WAY more dudes? Of course. It’s superhero comics. Change is slow. But this kind of consistency is rare, and encouraging to see. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this April:

  • Alti Firmansyah: The Unstoppable Wasp #6 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Captain Marvel #4 (cover), War of the Realms #1 (variant cover)
  • Amy Reeder: Ironheart #5 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 (cover), X-23 #11 (cover)
  • Audrey Mok: Marvel Rising #2 (cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #4 (interior art)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #43 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #5 (writer), Marvel Team-Up #1 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Hotshots #2 (writer)
  • Jen Bartel: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1 (variant cover)
  • Jen Soska: Black Widow #4 (co-writer)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Tie Fighter #1 (writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Hotshots #2 (variant cover)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Age of Conan: Belit, Queen of the Black Coast #2 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #4 (writer), Mr. and Mrs. X #10 (writer), West Coast Avengers #10 (writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Shuri #7 (cover)
  • Leah Williams: Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #3 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: X-23 #11 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #3 (cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #42 (cover)
  • Nilah Magruder: Marvel Rising #2 (writer)
  • Rachel Dodson: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Grand Moff Tarkin #1 (cover), Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Princess Leia #1 (cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #20 (writer)
  • Rebekah Isaacs: Age of Conan: Belit, Queen of the Black Coast #2 (variant cover)
  • Sana Takeda: Age of Conan: Belit, Queen of the Black Coast #2 (cover), War of the Realms #1 (variant cover)
  • Savanna Ganucheau: Marvel Rising #2 (varaint cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #3 (writer), Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #7 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: The Unstoppable Wasp #6 (cover)
  • Sylvia Soska: Black Widow #4 (co-writer)
  • Tini Howard: Age of Conan: Belit, Queen of the Black Coast #2 (writer), Thanos #1 (writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Age of X-Man: Prisoner X #2 (writer), Shuri #7 (writer)
  • Yasmime Putri: Avengers: No Road Home #8 (cover), Avengers: No Road Home #9 (cover), Avengers: No Road Home #10 (cover), Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions #2 (variant cover), Uncanny X-Men #16 (variant cover)

That is a lot of names to spell correctly and books to italicize! All together there are 32 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 31 different books this April, the same number of creators as in March across four more titles. I’m not used to seeing steady numbers from Marvel in any form, much less at a relatively high level. This year has been solid for the publisher so far.

Also, we’re introducing a new element to these posts, where we look at the number of titles being released. DC’s trimmed back their line noticeably, and so an apples to apples comparison doesn’t really work so well anymore. This April, Marvel has 79 new books on their schedule, which means there are female and/or non-binary creators working on 39% of their titles. We’ll use that as a baseline for comparisons moving forward.

In terms of new names, April looks to be pretty quiet. For as far back as I’ve been keeping track, we’ve not seen Rebekah Isaacs at Marvel before. She’s got a variant cover on the new Age of Conan: Belit, Queen of the Black Coast spinoff. Savanna Ganucheau looks to be new as well, with another variant, this time on Marvel Rising. The rest of the list are regulars, I think.

It’s also a low key month for new female-led titles at the publisher, which is unfortunate because there certainly are a lot of new books. War of the Realms is kicking off, with all sorts of tie-in mini-series and the like. Few have any female or non-binary creators in the mix, and while there are a handful of female characters in a couple of the team books, it all looks a bit dude forward. I miss Lady Thor. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is going to tie into the event, so there’s that, I suppose. And Ms. Marvel is starring alongside Spider-Man in a new Marvel Team-Up.

Overall, the numbers are steady at Marvel and female and non-binary creator representation is holding relatively strong. There remains, as always, a lot of room to grow, but this has been a decent streak for Marvel. I’m curious to see if they can keep it up or even hit higher levels in the months to come.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, March 2019 Solicits: 32 Creators on 27 Books

February 21, 2019

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When I write up these posts, I have to go through all the entries below, italicizing the titles and consolidating the different entries for each creator. With DC, it’s a pretty quick job these days. I’m done before I know it. With Marvel, it’s much more involved. There are a lot of female and non-binary creators working on a lot of books at Marvel right now, and getting this list looking right is a big job! And I’m glad for it. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this March:

  • Amanda Conner: Captain Marvel #3 (cover)
  • Amy Reeder: Ironheart #4 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #30 (cover), X-23 #10 (cover)
  • Audrey Mok: Marvel Rising #1 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #3 (interior art)
  • Elsa Charretier: Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #42 (interior art, cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #4 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino: Hotshots #1 (writer)
  • Jen Bartel: Black Panther #10 (variant cover), Marvel Tales: Thor #1 (cover)
  • Jen Soska: Black Widow #3 (co-writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #2 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Age of Republic – General Grievous #1 (writer), Star Wars: Age of Republic – Padme Amidala #1 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Age of Conan: Belit #1 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #3 (writer),Mr. and Mrs. X #9 (writer), West Coast Avengers #9 (writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Shuri #6 (cover)
  • Leah Williams: Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #2 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: X-23 #10 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #2 (cover)
  • Naomi Franquiz: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #42 (interior art)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #41 (interior art, cover)
  • Nilah Magruder: Marvel Rising #1 (writer)
  • Peach Momoko: Marvel Rising #1 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #19 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Age of Conan: Belit #1 (cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: Age of Conan: Belit #1 (variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #2 (writer), Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #6 (writer)
  • Sylvia Soska: Black Widow #3 (co-writer)
  • Tini Howard: Age of Conan: Belit #1 (writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Age of X-Man: Prisoner X #1 (writer), Shuri #6 (writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Avengers: No Road Home #4 (cover), Avengers: No Road Home #5 (cover), Avengers: No Road Home #6 (cover), Avengers: No Road Home #7 (cover)

All together, there are 32 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 27 different comic books at Marvel in March 2019, 1 more creator than in February though 2 fewer books. These are very solid numbers, and Marvel’s been consistently in this range for several months now. Whatever was plaguing them a year ago when they dipped into the low teens has been sorted, and now we’ve got women and non-binary creators working across the board at Marvel.

In terms of brand new names, it’s not a big month. I think that Peach Momoko is the only creator I haven’t seen before, at either publisher, and it looks like Audrey Mok might be making her Marvel debut. We also have a host of returning favourites! I feel like it’s been a little while since we’ve seen Kate Niemczyk, Nilah Magruder, and Sana Takeda at Marvel, so it’s nice to have them back in the mix as well.

March is a big month for female characters at Marvel. Kamala Khan is back after little to no absence with Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1. It’s odd to not have G. Willow Wilson in the mix above, and I’m a little bit sad at the lack of female creators inside the book, but I’m sure it will be excellent. We’ve also got Age of Conan: Belit, which stars a female character I know nothing about. Marvel’s really going all in on this Conan license, eh? And finally, Domino is back again with Domino: Hotshots after her original series went over so well with readers.

So yeah, solid month all around at Marvel. There are lots of female and non-binary creators in the mix, female characters are headlining some big new titles, and the publisher is maintaining a level of consistency we don’t usually see from them. There’s always room to grow, of course, but this level of representation is certainly putting the distinguished competition to shame.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, July 2018 Solicits: 22 Creators on 18 Books

May 3, 2018

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Marvel is in an odd spot with female and non-binary creators right now. After a truly abysmal spring with some of the lowest numbers we’ve seen from them in some time, things have improved somewhat. Now, the totals are still relatively quite poor. Marvel’s been in the high 30s in the past, and their current streak has them in the low 20s. That’s not great. But it’s better than it was. The bigger issue right now is that these gains are very precarious. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this July:

  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #22 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Moon Knight #197 (cover)
  • Devin Grayson: Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel #1 (co-writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Doctor Strange #3 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #34 (cover)
  • Fiona Staples: The Life of Captain Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel #1 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #32 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino #4 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel #1 (cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel #1 (interior art)
  • Jen Bartel: X-23 #2 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #21 (writer), Star Wars: Thrawn #6 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Avengers #4 (variant cover)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Life of Captain Marvel #1 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer #3 (writer), X-23 #1 (writer), X-23 #2 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #33 (interior art, cover)
  • Nnedi Okorafor: Wakanda Forever: X-Men #1 (writer)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #11 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: The Life of Captain Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Wakanda Forever: X-Men #1 (variant cover)

All together, there are 22 female creators scheduled to work on 18 different comic books at Marvel this July. That’s 2 more creators than in June and 4 more books. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. The gains are undercut to a certain degree by the low totals, but they’re gains nonetheless. Given Marvel’s track record in 2018 thus far, we’ve got to celebrate the little things here.

However, 12 of the 22 creators listed above are doing one time gigs. They’re on oneshots or variant covers, jobs that don’t come with guaranteed work next month. The June numbers were similar, and so long as Marvel can keep things rolling along with these non-permanent jobs, the numbers should hold. But there are three big problems here. First, this juggling act rarely lasts for long and things will inevitably drop off. They always do. Second, the level Marvel is at right now is comparatively poor. And third, the only way for the numbers to really grow AND to fend off this inevitable drop is to have a sizeable number of female and non-binary creators locked into long term gigs. Marvel does not have that right now, at all.

This lack is still stark even with the addition of two new series with female writers, and they also star female leads. Margaret Stohl is back with The Life of Captain Marvel mini-series, while Mariko Tamaki is launching a new X-23 (even though Laura is always the superior Wolverine to me!). A bunch of male characters are getting new books as well, but between these two titles and the ongoing Wakanda Forever oneshots, Marvel’s paltry female character representation has bumped up slightly as of late.

Overall, while representation is set to improve a bit at Marvel in July, these gains are tenuous and the publisher remains far back from the high levels they’ve set in the past. There just doesn’t seem to be much firm commitment to female and non-binary creators at Marvel right now. Things have improved from disastrous to bad over the past few months, but good is still a long way off. Hopefully we’ll see some more permanent additions to Marvel’s ranks in the future.

Women at Marvel Comics Watch – April 2017 Solicits, 24 Female Creators on 19 Books

February 20, 2017

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After posting the highest number of female creators we’ve ever seen from either DC or Marvel last month, Marvel failed to match their record this month. In fact, they weren’t even close. Now, this isn’t a huge surprise; the story of these stats is always two steps forward, one step back. A high is rarely followed immediately by another high. Instead, new highs tend to be followed by a slightly lower plateau and an even further drop back before the numbers surge again. Marvel’s skipped the plateau this time around, though, and have dropped to their lowest number of female creators in over a year. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in April 2017:

  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #18 (co-writer, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #11 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #17 (interior art, cover)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Elektra #3 (cover), Spider-Man #15 (variant cover), The Mighty Captain Marvel #4 (cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: The Unstoppable Wasp #4 (interior art, cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #19 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #17 (writer)
  • Gabby Rivera: America #2 (writer)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #19 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation #1 (writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #6 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #17 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Man-Thing #3 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Hawkeye #5 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Mighty Captain Marvel #4 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: America #2 (variant cover)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Hulk #5 (writer)
  • Myisha Haynes: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #14 (interior art)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #18 (interior art)
  • Nicole Perlman: Gamora #5 (writer)
  • Paulina Ganucheau: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #14 (cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #15 (interior art)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #19 (interior art)
  • Yona Harvey: Black Panther: The Crew #1 (co-writer)

All together, there are 24 different female creators set to work on 19 different books in April, 13 fewer women than in March and 14 fewer books. That’s quite a decline. Last month was clearly abnormal; there were loads of variant covers with female artists that helped Marvel break their record total. But Marvel’s had at least 30 female creators for several months now, going back to the fall. Landing in the 20s is uncharacteristically low for them.

Having women on fewer variant covers is one of the big reasons for Marvel’s drop this month. It also looks like a few creators with regular gigs are on a skip month, with someone else filling in, or the creative teams have been changed and women are no longer working on those books. It’s an odd month all around. For example, there’s only one woman working on more than one comic this month, Elizabeth Torque on a variety of covers. In March, there were six women with multiple gigs. Everything’s contracted across the board in April.

In terms of new books with female leads, there are a handful of team books with women in prominent roles. Manifold, Misty Knight, and Storm co-star in Black Panther: The Crew, Marvel Girl is a part of X-Men Blue, and Kitty Pryde, Prestige, and Storm are part of X-Men Gold.

Overall, April doesn’t look to be a great month for women at Marvel relative to their past year or so. What’s unclear is if this marks a shift for the publisher or an aberration. Aberration seems more likely; Marvel’s established a solid track record with female creators as of late, and I’m expecting to see at least a few missing creators back next month. Time will tell, as always, but I’d expect stronger numbers in May. For now, though, April is a rather underwhelming follow up to March’s stellar numbers.

Women at Marvel Comics Watch – October 2016 Solicits, 33 Women on 24 Books

August 3, 2016

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Marvel’s really on a roll with female creators right now. I mean, they still represent a small minority of Marvel’s overall number of creators, but the numbers are much higher than they used to be. Consider this: Marvel’s October 2015 solicits had only nine different female creators in the mix. NINE. A year later, Marvel is in the low thirties for the third straight month. This is progress, and hopefully a change that will continue to grow; both Big Two publishers are prone to significant drops after sustained growth, unfortunately. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in October 2016:

  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #8 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #12 (co-writer, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #6 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #11 (interior art, cover)
  • Carly Monardo: Gwenpool #7 (variant cover)
  • Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird #8 (writer)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #13 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #12 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool #7 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Gwenpool #7 (cover)
  • Janet Lee: Deadpool #21 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Final Flight #2 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #8 (cover), Ms. Marvel #12 (variant cover), Han Solo #5 (variant cover)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Han Solo #5 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #11 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Mockingbird #8 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #10 (writer)
  • Leila Del Duca: Scarlet Witch #11 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Black Panther #7 (variant cover)
  • Marjorie Liu: Star Wars: Han Solo #5 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Uncanny Avengers #15 (cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #12 (interior art)
  • Nik Virella: All-New Wolverine #13 (interior art)
  • Nilah Magruder: A Year of Marvels: The Unbeatable #1 (co-writer)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Sailor #1 (co-writer)
  • Ruth Gage: Captain Marvel #10 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #9 (cover)
  • Siya Oum: A Year of Marvels: The Unbeatable #1 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: A-Force #10 (cover)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #13 (interior art)
  • Veronica Fish: Spider-Woman #12 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Black Widow #7 (variant cover), Silk #13 (cover)

All together, there are 33 different female creators scheduled to work on 24 different books at Marvel this October, the same number of women as in September and one more book. Marvel’s been impressively steady as of late; the last three months have had 34, 33, and 33 women in the mix. This is the highest sustained run we’ve seen from Marvel or DC since we started keeping track of these numbers a few years back. It will be interesting to see how these numbers change as the new round of post-Civil War II books unfolds over the next few months, but the initial wave set for October hasn’t affected things much here, for good or ill.

We’ve got a couple of new names in October, including Nilah Magruder writing a story in A Year of Marvels: The Unbeatable #1. I’ve seen Leila Del Duca and Meghan Hetrick elsewhere, most recently at Image and DC respectively, but I think this month may mark some of their first Marvel work. And we’ve got some returning favourites too: Robin Furth is back for another round of The Dark Tower, Siya Oum is breaking out of her recent spate of variant covers with some interior art, and I think it’s been a long while since Janet Lee’s done something at Marvel.

For female characters, there’s not a lot going on in October’s new titles. Most of the Marvel NOW! titles debuting in October star dudes, though there are a couple of team books with ladies involved. Both Champions and Great Lake Avengers looks to have a lady or two in the mix, though each team has more male members than females. That’s just how team books seem to be going at the Big Two, which is ridiculous. It’s either a token lady or two or ALL women. Someone needs to make a team with like four women and two guys, just to mix things up.

Overall, October’s looking like another solid month for women at Marvel. As always, there remains lots of room for these numbers to grow, but these are very strong totals relative to Marvel’s past performances. Hopefully Marvel can keep this going in the months to come, and cement a new standard for women making comics at a major publisher.


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