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Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, December 2017 Solicits: 19 Creators on 15 Books

October 23, 2017

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Marvel’s female and non-binary creator representation has been generally poor lately, languishing in the low to mid-20s ever since their record setting totals last March. In that month, the publisher had 37 different female creators working across their line and now, nine months later, that number has been nearly halved. Marvel Legacy has brought a lot of creative shifts this autumn, and female and non-binary creators do not appear to play a huge role in this latest round of relaunches. Let’s take a look at who is doing what at Marvel this December:

  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #15 (cover)
  • Christina Strain: Generation X #85 (writer)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Champions #15 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #27 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #25 (writer)
  • Gabby Rivera: America #10 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #23 (cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #23 (interior art)
  • Jen Bartel: All-New Wolverine #28 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #14 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Hawkeye #13 (writer)
  • Laura Allred: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #27 (variant cover)
  • Margaret Stohl: Captain Marvel #27 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: She-Hulk #160 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #26 (interior art, cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #4 (writer)
  • Veronica Fish: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #27 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Spider-Gwen #27 (variant cover)

All together there are 19 different female creators scheduled to work on 15 different comic books at Marvel this December, 5 fewer creators than in November and 7 fewer books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators set to work at Marvel this month. Obviously, these drops are significant. The number of women making comics at Marvel has dropped nearly a quarter in just one month, and the books they are on are down nearly a third. Moreover, 19 female creators is the lowest number Marvel’s posted in 22 months.

Perhaps unsurprisingly given these low numbers, there are no new female creators listed in the December solicits. We’ve got an excellent assortment of returning favourites, albeit a bit of a short list, but no new names. Marvel Legacy has not been great for new female talent, either up and comers or established creators new to the publisher. There just doesn’t appear to be much of an effort at Marvel right now to expand their ranks.

Speaking of Marvel Legacy, four female-led books will make their official transition into the relaunch-ish whatever this is in December. Generation X, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl will now be properly Marvel Legacy, with all of the requisite accompanying trade dress or whatever they’re doing, though Generation X is the only book whose numbering will change. December also marks the beginning of Phoenix Resurrection, with yet another return of Jean Grey. This has been done before, several times, but it’s still nice to see a female character at the forefront of a big, new event-like thing.

Overall, December looks to be a very low showing for female and non-binary creators at Marvel. The numbers are the lowest they’ve been in nearly two years, and chances are that this may continue for a while: Marvel Legacy seems about set now, with all of the major creative changes in place. This could be the publisher’s core line up for the next several months, and women and non-binary creators just aren’t much of a part of it. With so many amazing creators out there to pursue, it’s frankly ridiculous that Marvel’s numbers are so low. They are capable of so much higher numbers. Twice as high, in fact. They set that record, just nine months ago. But it’s been downhill ever since.

Check Out Mike Allred’s Variant Covers For Wonder Woman #31 And Superman/Wonder Woman #8

May 1, 2014

DC Comics is celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary in a variety of ways this year, but my favourite so far is a series of variant covers by Mike Allred done in the style of the 1966 Batman TV show. Allred has been doing the covers for the comic based on the show, Batman ’66, and they’ve been an absolute blast; the stories inside have been fantastic too. Now Allred is drawing the rest of the DC universe this May, and Comics Alliance posted a peek at some of his covers, including both of Wonder Woman’s titles.

Allred has drawn Wonder Woman before, most notably in the campaign for MAC’s Wonder Woman cosmetics line a few years ago. I assume that all of his covers are coloured by Laura Allred, his usual collaborator, but DC’s solicits never credit colorists. It’s a pretty safe bet, though.

Their first cover is Wonder Woman #31, where Wonder Woman appears to have taken issue with a rock group:

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It looks like Wonder Woman’s plugged her golden lasso into the electrical guitar. I don’t know what sort of sound quality you’d get from that, but it might make the guitar unable to play the wrong notes, maybe? That would be handy.

Next up is Superman/Wonder Woman #8, where the Allreds take a more romantic angle:

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Not caring much for the romance, this cover doesn’t do a ton for me, but it’s lovely nonetheless. Plus it’s always nice to see the old costumes.

I’m not sure what the ratios for these variant covers are. DC usually goes 1 in 25, so if you’re looking to grab one you should talk to your local comic shop beforehand and get them to set one aside for you. Superman/Wonder Woman #8 is out May 14, and Wonder Woman #31 follows on May 21.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – April 2014 Solicits

January 30, 2014

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It’s another month of Marvel having only a handful of female creators and new titles for female characters being dwarfed by new books starring men, but nonetheless there are bright moments within these low totals.  Let’s go through the solicits:

  • For writers, G. Willow Wilson writes Ms. Marvel #3, Kelly Sue DeConnick writes Captain Marvel #2, and Gail Simone has a story in Deadpool #27.
  • On art, Laura Allred is colouring All-New Doop #1, Jenny Frison is doing the cover for Loki: Agent of Asgard #3, Annie Wu is on interior art for Hawkeye #19, and Ming Doyle is doing interior art for What If? Age of Ultron #5 and variant covers for that issue and What If? Age of Ultron #3.
  • Seven characters have new solo titles in April, and one of them is a woman; Elektra #1 is set to debut.  There also some new team books with female representation: Sue Storm is in Ultimate FF #1, while Black Widow, Kitty Pryde, Bombshell, and Dagger comprise 4 of 6 team members in All-New Ultimates #1.

All told, there are 7 different female creators working on 8 different books in April, the same number of creators as March but 4 fewer books.  This is, obviously, not a lot.  For the past two month there were animal variant covers that added two female creators and several books to the total, but they’re over now.  Such is the fickle nature of female creators at Marvel right now.  Of the seven women listed above, maybe three of them will be back in the solicits next month on the same titles.  For quite a while now, the bulk of Marvel’s female writers and artists have been on short term or intermittent gigs.  But it’s still fun to see Gail Simone back at Marvel for a Deadpool story, however momentary her visit may be.

SIDENOTE: I should mention that Sara Pichelli is listed in the solicits, but on a book that reprints old Star-Lord stories.  I never count reprints of old material when I do stats, either here or in my full statistics for Bleeding Cool, and so it’s not mentioned above.  Nonetheless, the cover is new artwork from Sara Pichelli, even though the rest of the book is just old comics.

For female characters, Marvel keeps putting out new books with female leads, which is fantastic to see.  While this is tempered somewhat by the wide margin with which the number of new male-led books trumps the number of female led books each month, this is still an impressive streak Marvel has going.  Plus, not only is there a new Elektra book, but the line-up of the All-New Ultimates has a female majority, a rarity for a superhero team.  Marvel is consistently highlighting female characters, and that’s a great thing.

So ultimately, the situation for female creators remains sub-par.  DC had twice as many female creators as Marvel in their April solicits, and that Marvel’s numbers continue to languish in the single digits is just embarrassing in this age so rich with female comic talent.  Marvel’s commitment to showcasing female characters, however, remains a positive each month.  More of both would be ideal, but I suppose that more of one is better than none of either.  Still, go hire some more female creators, Marvel.  These numbers are terrible.

Wonder Woman Is Back On The Cover Of Ms. Magazine!!

September 25, 2012

It’s Ms. magazine’s 40th anniversary this year, and in celebration they’ve put Wonder Woman back on the cover for their special anniversary issue.  The cover is by Mike Allred, now pretty famous outside of comics for doing the art for the Wonder Woman MAC cosmetics campaign last year.  The cover may or may not be coloured by Laura Allred.  They usually work together, but the cover doesn’t specify.

This is a fantastic cover!!  I love the tie-in to the current war on women and the need to vote in the upcoming election.  Having a lady in a “This is what a feminist looks like” t-shirt is really fun too.  And, of course, the cover is an homage to the very first Ms. cover from 1972:

That issue also included some actual Wonder Woman comics, a few pages of her origin story from All-Star Comics #8.  I wonder if we’ll get something similar this time?  A few pages of Mike Allred doing a Wonder Woman comic would be really fun.

Apparently, if you sign up for a subscription you get the issue AND a poster, which is awesome.  It seems to only be available in the US though.  Boooooooooo.  If anyone wants to send me a poster, I’ll be your pal forever.

Anyway, Wonder Woman is back on the cover of Ms.!!  That’s very fun.  Look for the issue on newsstands soon, and pick it up.  It looks like a good one!!

Troubles Of A Male Wonder Woman Fan: T-Shirts Again!!

February 26, 2011

I’ve talked about this before, but it bears repeating again: They just don’t make good Wonder Woman t-shirts for guys.  MAC has put out an awesome new t-shirt for their Wonder Woman cosmetic line, featuring Mike and Laura Allred’s fantastic art.  Look at how cool this is:

I totally want a Wonder Woman shirt with Allred art!!!  But OH MAN can I not wear that shirt… between the scoop neck and the short sleeves, I would look pretty ridiculous.  This is just not the sort of shirt you can pull off if you have a beard.  They’re only $25 too, which is an extra kick in the pants… classy AND afforable is just plain mean. 

I have no idea if the MAC Wonder Woman makeup is good (though my mother and sister say they make decent stuff), but they’ve definitely built a nice looking ad campaign.  They’ve also put out some snazzy totebags:

Which I would look silly carrying around town.  I am so not their target audience.

Mike And Laura Allred Wonder Woman Makeup Video

February 11, 2011

I haven’t said anything about MAC’s new line of Wonder Woman makeup because a) I don’t really care about makeup, and b) using Wonder Woman to sell makeup strikes me as a little odd.  But now they’ve got Mike and Laura Allred doing some sweet Wonder Woman artwork, and I have to post that… they’re crazy great.  Check out this cool motion comic/advertisement for the makeup line:

Medusa stealing the world’s supply of MAC makeup and transforming every girl on Earth into a “plain Jane” is pretty silly, but the art is all sorts of fun.  I love Mike Allred’s throwback/1970s sort of style, and Laura Allred colours it fantastically.  DC needs to get the Allreds on a Wonder Woman book, either a proper series or a Wednesday Comics sort of thing… it would look amazing.


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