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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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Women at Marvel Comics Watch – September 2016 Solicits, 33 Women on 23 Books

July 7, 2016

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When Marvel posted 34 different female creators in their August 2016 solicits, I thought that the number would be hard to match when next month’s batch dropped. Turns out, I was right, but in the best way; Marvel didn’t quite hit 34 different female creators again, but they did hit 33 and that’s pretty impressive. These are two of the highest months we’ve ever seen from Marvel or DC, and Marvel’s hit them back to back. Let’s take a look at who will be doing what at Marvel in September 2016:

  • Alison Sampson: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #6 (interior art)
  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #7 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #11 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Deadpool #18 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #5 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Civil War II: X-Men #4 (variant cover), Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #10 (interior art, cover)
  • Chelsea Cain: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #6 (co-writer), Mockingbird #7 (writer)
  • Christina Strain: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #6 (co-writer)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Uncanny Inhumans #14 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #12 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #11 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool #6 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #12 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Final Flight #1 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #7 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #10 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Mockingbird #7 (interior art)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Doctor Strange Annual #1 (co-writer)
  • Kei Zama: Scarlet Witch #10 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #9 (writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Star Wars: Han Solo #4 (variant cover)
  • Marjorie Liu: Star Wars: Han Solo #4 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #11 (interior art)
  • Rosi Kampe: Extraordinary X-Men Annual #1 (interior art)
  • Ruth Gage: Captain Marvel #9 (co-writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #6 (interior art)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #8 (cover)
  • Siya Oum: Max Ride: Final Flight #1 (variant cover), The Astonishing Ant-Man #12 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Gwenpool #6 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Star Wars: Han Solo #4 (variant cover), The Totally Awesome Hulk #11 (variant cover)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #12 (interior art)
  • Tula Lotay: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #6 (variant cover)

All together, there are 33 different female creators scheduled to work on 23 different comic books at Marvel this September, one fewer creator than August though five fewer books. Despite these drops, this is a ridiculously good showing relative to every other set of numbers we’ve seen from Marvel. Moreover, they all but sustained their record setting total from August, even though the August numbers were heavily inflated by variant covers, i.e. onetime gigs that don’t carry over into the following month. Marvel’s on quite a run right now.

They’re doing so by regularly adding a couple of new women to the ranks each month. I believe that Alison Sampson is making her Marvel debut in September, as is Kei Zama, both of them doing interior art. The jobs look to be one time gigs again, but it’s good to see Marvel giving creators a shot at interiors; that could easily lead to future work. There are also a lot of returning names who we haven’t seen in a while. As Marvel continues to hire more and more women, their rolodex gets deeper and deeper and thus more women are likely to show up each month. Conceivably, anyway. If we’ve learned anything in these years of tracking women working at the Big Two, it’s that the numbers can drop precipitously at any time for no good reason.

There’s not much in the way of new books with female characters again, just because there aren’t any new books. We’ll start to see a slew of new titles as the fall continues and Marvel does yet another round of relaunches, but for September they’re finishing up Civil War II.

Overall, September looks to be yet another strong month for women making comics at Marvel. There’s still a bit of grouping and a tendency to have female creators working primarily on female characters, but hopefully that will start to change. It will require keeping these numbers up, though, so we’ll keep an eye on how that goes in the months ahead.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – September 2015 Solicits: 13 Different Female Creators On 11 Different Comics

June 23, 2015

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I’m not entirely sure why, but a lot of books are missing in Marvel’s September solicits. I’m guessing it’s partly due to Secret Wars running a little bit late and pushing tie-ins back, and partly due to regular series wrapping up in advance of Marvel’s big upcoming revamp. Whatever the case, the lack of several series has resulted in one of Marvel’s poorest months of the year for female representation, with women appearing in the lowest number of books since January. Let’s see who’s doing what in September:

  • Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1 (writer)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #5 (co-writer)
  • Jen Soska: Secret Wars Journal #5 (co-writer)
  • Jody Houser: The Cavalry: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1 (interior art)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Agent Carter: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #4 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: A-Force #5 (co-writer), Years of Future Past #5 (writer)
  • Noelle Stevenson: Runaways #4 (writer)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Lady of Shadows #1 (co-writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Ghost Racers #4 (variant cover), Secret Wars #7 (variant cover)
  • Sylvia Soska: Secret Wars Journal #5 (co-writer)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Secret Wars Journal #5 (cover)

All together there are 13 different female creators set to work on 11 different books in September, a big drop from August’s 18 and 15, respectively. It’s a very poor showing, even with a few series not coming out. These days, with so many talented female creators doing great work, huge publishers like Marvel and DC should be able to have at least 20 different women writing and drawing their comics with ease, but that’s not the case for either publisher in September.

Moreover, the numbers are bolstered by a series of S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th anniversary one-shots. They sound great, focusing on characters like Agent Carter, Melinda May, Mockingbird, and Quake, and it’s nice to see female characters getting the spotlight. Plus there are four different women working on these books, which is cool. But at the same time, these special one-shots added FOUR new female creators to Marvel’s ranks and their number of female creators still fell substantially. That’s not great.

It is nice to see some new names, though. I think this is Chelsea Cain’s first time working at Marvel, and it may be the first time for the Soska sisters as well. It’s also good to see people returning, like Jody Houser, Kathryn Immonen, and one of my favourite artists in the world, Joelle Jones.

On another positive note, September’s “True Believers” comics, a line that reprints key issues for $1 to bring in new fans, is dedicated to female characters. Thor, Spider-Gwen, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Silk, Princess Leia, Spider-Woman, and Squirrel Girl are all having the first issue of their latest runs reprinted as part of this line, which is very cool. It’s well timed, too; you might want to stock up this September and pass them out to trick or treaters on Halloween.

SIDENOTE: I don’t count reprints when I do up these numbers each month, so that’s why the “True Believers” books aren’t listed above. Also, if I did count them, Marvel would still be down from last month. Oh, Marvel.

Overall, September is a pretty good month for female characters. While a lot of books are benched, the women of S.H.I.E.L.D. are getting a fun showcase, and you can catch up on all of your favourite female characters for a buck each. It’s a bad scene for female creators, though, with a big drop from last month in terms of the number of different female creators working on Marvel’s comics, as well as there being only a handful of Marvel’s books in which female creators appear. Marvel’s been very up and down with female creators this year, and it’s frustrating to watch them continually drop the ball like this. Hiring more women can’t be that hard.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – May 2015 Solicits: 13 Different Female Creators On 17 Different Comics

February 25, 2015

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Two months after their “Women of Marvel” variant cover line catapulted them to 20 different female creators for the first time in ages, Marvel remains firmly in the low teens yet again. Several other comics publishers are making big strides for female representation, but Marvel is lagging behind. While their May solicits show some growth from April, it’s not a lot. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in May 2015:

  • Amanda Conner: Secret Wars #1 (variant cover)
  • Ariela Kristantina: Wolverines #19 (interior art)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (art and cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #1 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #15 (writer)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Operation: S.I.N. #5 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel #15 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: A-Force #1 (co-writer), Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #6 (co-writer), James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight #3 (writer)
  • Nicole Virella: Return of the Living Deadpool #4 (interior art)
  • Prudence Shen: Secret Wars Journal #1 (writer)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #3 (co-writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Amazing Spider-Man #18 (variant cover), Silk #4 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: A-Force #1 (variant cover), Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #6 (art and cover), Storm #11 (cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Amazing Spider-Man #18.1 (variant cover), Secret Wars #2 (variant cover)

All together, there are 13 different female creators scheduled for 17 different books in May, slight increases from April’s 11 and 16. There are some new names in mix, however. Both Prudence Shen and Yasmine Putri are making their debut at Marvel.

May is also a big month because A-Force debuts. Not only is it written by G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett, the lineup in all women characters, and it sounds fantastic. The cover shows pretty much every female Avenger ever, so this book should be a blast. A few other new titles boast female characters as well; Medusa is in Inhumans: Attilan Rising (they’re really trying to make the Inhumans happen, aren’t they?), Kate Bishop is on the cover of Secret Wars Journal #1, and Inferno seems to be about Magik, though they don’t mention her by name.

While the numbers aren’t growing substantially, there does seem to be a slight shift in what women are doing at Marvel over the year thus far. There’s a lot more interior art and writing than we usually see. Not that covers aren’t great, but it’s a rather isolated and rarely long term gig. The slow growth of women with regular jobs inside the comics is a definite positive step for Marvel.

Nonetheless, they still lag far behind. DC has more than double the female representation in May, and several publishers, many of them far smaller than Marvel, easily have more than 13 female creators scheduled for their May books. A-Force is great, and it’s wonderful to see Marvel continuing to focus on female characters, but their progress with female creators is painfully slow. There are a lot of them out there and Marvel have hired a great many of them sporadically over the past few years. I don’t understand why it’s so difficult to hire more of them now.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – April 2015 Solicits: 11 Different Female Creators On 16 Different Comics

January 28, 2015

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Not at all surprisingly, after their “Women of Marvel” variant cover event boosted their number of female creators in the March solicits, things fall back down to Earth in April. Marvel’s women-centric events all tend to go this way: They make a big deal about having female creators for a month, and then the next month things go right back to normal. It’s all very frustrating because while it’s great to see female creators spotlighted, it’s so irksome to see this spotlight rarely result in any long term change at Marvel. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in April:

  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4 (art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #14 (writer), X-Men #26 (writer)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Operation S.I.N. #4 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel #14 (writer)
  • Laura Braga: Superior Iron Man #7 (art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #5 (co-writer), James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight #1 and #2 (writer)
  • Nicole Virella: Return of the Living Deadpool #3 (art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #2 (co-writer)
  • Siya Oum: Uncanny Inhumans #0 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #3 (art), Spider-Man and the X-Men #5 and #6 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #5 (art, cover), James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight #1 and #2 (cover), Storm #10 (cover)

And now Marvel’s exactly where they were in February, before their “Women of Marvel” event, with 11 different creators. All together, there are 11 different female creators on 16 different books, and there are only so many books because a couple of series double ship in April. Marvel is down substantially from the 20 and 26 they posted in the March solicits. Not only did they nearly half their number of female creators, DC Comics is set to have THREE TIMES as many female creators in their April books. This schtick is getting old.

After a lot of new faces in March, Marvel is back to its usual core of female creators. On the one hand, having 9 women consistently working on monthly series and minis is a big step for Marvel; a short time ago, they just had 2 or 3 women with regular gigs. However, it’s 2015. A comic publisher’s number of regularly working female creators should be well into double digits by now. If it’s not, they’re not looking hard enough. There is a new name, though! Laura Braga is doing her first full issue for Marvel, on interior art for Superior Iron Man #7.

As for female characters, there’s not much new in April. Uncanny Inhumans is debuting with a #0 issue, and while there will probably be some lady Inhumans in the mix, the cover and solicit focus solely on Black Bolt. There’s also another Star Wars book with another male lead, and a bunch of Avengers books in advance of the movie, most of which feature Black Widow alongside a lot of dudes. On the positive side, the new James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight has female creators and a female protagonist, so hooray for that. Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s a self-contained book set outside of the Marvel universe.

Marvel could and should be doing much better than this. I’ve spent my last couple “Gendercrunching” columns at Bleeding Cool visiting other publishers, and a lot of them are WAY ahead of Marvel when it comes to female creators. Boom! could top Marvel’s total number with just two comics, easily. Marvel likes to make a big hullabaloo when they do anything with women; Lady Thor gets massive press, they announce a special “Women of Marvel” event with variant covers. Meanwhile, nothing really changes and other publishers are growing their ranks of female creators exponentially, quietly and consistently. Maybe try less talk and more action, Marvel.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – March 2015 Solicits: 20 Different Female Creators On 26 Different Books

January 6, 2015

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March looks like it’s going to be a great month for women at Marvel, largely due to their special “Women of Marvel” variant cover line-up. Their numbers are much higher overall with the addition of these many great artists, though Marvel’s numbers for women INSIDE the books remain fairly low. It’s nice to see female artists showcased like this, but at the same time it’s both in quite a limited role and very fleeting. Something is worlds better than nothing, though! Let’s take a look at who’s doing what in Marvel’s March 2015 solicits:

  • Afua Richardson: All-New Hawkeye #1 (variant cover)
  • Ariela Kristantina: Wolverines #11 (art)
  • Colleen Doran: S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: Guardians of the Galaxy #25 (variant cover), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 (art, cover)
  • Faith Erin Hicks: All-New X-Men #39 (variant cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #13 (writer), X-Men #25 (writer)
  • Janet Lee: Rocket Raccoon #9 (variant cover)
  • Jill Thompson: Inhuman #13 (variant cover), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 (variant cover)
  • Jordie Bellaire: Moon Knight #13 (cover colours)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Operation S.I.N. #3 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel #13 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #4 (co-writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Amazing Spider-Man #16 (variant cover)
  • Nicole Virella: Return of the Living Deadpool #2 (art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #1 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Howard the Duck #1 (variant cover), Ms. Marvel #13 (variant cover), Spider-Gwen #2 (variant cover)
  • Siya Oum: Spider-Woman #5 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #2 (art), Spider-Man and the X-Men #4 (cover), Uncanny X-Men #33 (variant cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #4 (cover, art), Storm #9 (cover), Thor #6 (variant cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Black Widow #16 (variant cover)

All together, there are 20 different women scheduled to work on 26 different books in March, a significant gain from February’s 11 and 12 respectively. This is great to see, but also very temporary. All of the credits above account for 29 different gigs, and 15 of those are variant covers. That means that more than half of the credits above probably won’t be back next month once the “Women of Marvel” variant line is over. While it’s nice to see so many women doing fantastic covers, including creators like Faith Erin Hicks, Jill Thompson, Colleen Doran, and others we don’t usually see at Marvel, the increase in numbers is momentary growth and not at all sustainable.

Furthermore, it’s disappointing that in a month where Marvel is making a strong effort to include more female creators, their numbers are still lower than DC’s March solicits, which was a very run of the mill, low month for DC. There are still a few more variant cover artists to be announced, so Marvel’s final numbers should be a bit higher, but here’s the grim reality: Right now, Marvel employs so few female creators on a regular basis that even during a month where they bring in tons of additional female artists to celebrate the women of Marvel they still can’t top a humdrum month from their closest competitor. You can use one hand to count the number of women writing Marvel comics right now, and then use the other hand to count the number of female interior artists, and you won’t use up all of your fingers.

There are some new additions, though. Robin Furth is back co-writing another Dark Tower mini-series, while Ariela Kristantina is doing interior art for Wolverines #11. Kristantina has been popping up here and there at Marvel lately, and hopefully they’ll soon sign her up for a regular gig. It’s also a good month for female characters. Princess Leia is launching her own series as part of Marvel’s expanding Star Wars line, and Kate Bishop is back in All New Hawkeye #1.

Overall, March looks pretty good for female creators at Marvel, but it’s not the sort of month that Marvel needs. The publisher is severely lacking strong female representation inside their comics, and the growth there has been fairly stagnant as of late. It’s wonderful to have a month celebrating the “Women of Marvel,” and I’m sure all of the variant covers will be fantastic, but it all rings a little hollow when there are so few women actually making the comics inside the covers.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – February 2015 Solicits: 11 Female Creators On 12 Books

December 3, 2014

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Well, February is definitely looking better than January, with a few more female creators added to Marvel’s ranks. Marvel is firmly in the shadow of DC Comics’ constant record breaking right now, however. DC had 30 different women in their solicits, while Marvel can barely get past 10. Let’s go through the list for Marvel’s February 2015 solicits:

  • Erica Henderson: Squirrel Girl #2 (artist, cover)
  • Fiona Staples: All New Ghost Rider #11 (cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #12 (writer), X-Men #24 (writer)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Operation S.I.N. #2 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel #12 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennet: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #3 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Thor Annual #1 (artist, variant cover)
  • Nik Virella: Return of the Living Deadpool #1 (artist)
  • Noelle Stevenson: Thor Annual #1 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #1 (artist, variant cover), Spider-Man and the X-Men #3 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #3 (artist, cover), Storm #8 (cover)

All together, there are 11 different women working on 12 different comic books at Marvel in February, a nice uptick from January’s 8 and 9. It also marks a second straight month of growth for Marvel, which is a definite plus however slight that growth may be. DC and other publishers are putting up much higher numbers in their solicits, but Marvel is trending upward at least.

It’s also good to see new names at Marvel. Noelle Stevenson, writer of Lumberjanes and Nimona, is doing her first work at the Big Two, which I feel will inevitably translate into more, bigger gigs for her. She’s definitely a creator on the rise. And artist Nik Virella is making her Marvel debut with a Deadpool mini-series. I may be wrong, but I think this is also Marguerite Sauvage’s Marvel debut; she’s done a bunch of work for DC lately.

In terms of female creators, there are a few notable launches in February. Both Spider-Gwen and Silk are debuting, with Silk boasting a female artist even. Some of the other new books are teams with at least one woman, including an adaptation of the Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon show and a new Guardians Team-Up book, which both feature Gamora regularly. There’s also a new Darth Vader series, but that’s pretty dude-centric.

Ultimately, February is definitely a step up for Marvel, but there is still vast amounts of room for improvement. Marvel is trailing far behind many other publishers, even ones with a much smaller output of books, and they need to take much bigger steps to catch up. Nonetheless, getting better each month is always a positive, as are new faces. They just have a long way to go yet to even come near the industry’s new highs.


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