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Women at Marvel Comics Watch, March 2017 Solicits: 37 Women on 33 Books, A New Record

January 16, 2017

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Marvel’s on quite a run with female creators rights now. March will mark the publisher’s eighth straight month with more than 30 different female creators in the mix, and Marvel is set to best their record number for combined female creators and books that they set in December. It’s really quite an impressive streak, all around. So let’s see who’s doing what at Marvel in March 2017:

  • Afua Richardson: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #5 (cover)
  • Alitha E. Martinez: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #5 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #17 (co-writer, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #10 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #16 (interior art, cover)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Black Panther #12 (variant cover), Captain America: Steve Rogers #14 (cover), Captain Marvel #13 (cover), Elektra #2 (cover), Inhumans Prime #1 (variant cover), X-Men Prime #1 (variant cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: The Unstoppable Wasp #3 (interior art, cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Guardians of the Galaxy #1.MU (variant cover), Hulk #4 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #18 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #16 (writer)
  • Gabby Rivera: America #1 (writer)
  • Gisele Lagace: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #13 (cover)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #13 (interior art)
  • Hannah Blumenreich: Amazing Spider-Man #25 (co-writer, interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #18 (cover)
  • Jen Bartel: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #5 (variant cover)
  • Jordie Bellaire: Uncanny Inhumans #20 (variant cover)
  • Joyce Chin: Deadpool the Duck #5 (variant cover)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #5 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #16 (writer), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #18 (variant cover)
  • Kelly Thompson: Hawkeye #4 (writer)
  • Leah Williams: The Totally Awesome Hulk #1.MU (co-writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: Captain Marvel #13 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Hulk #4 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #17 (interior art), Power Man and Iron Fist #14 (variant cover)
  • Nicole Perlman: Gamora #4 (writer)
  • Nik Virella: All-New Wolverine #18 (interior art)
  • Paulina Ganucheau: The Unstoppable Wasp #3 (variant cover)
  • Roxane Gay: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #5 (writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Monsters Unleashed #5 (variant cover), Spider-Man #14 (interior art, cover)
  • Sophie Campbell: Spider-Gwen #18 (variant cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Gamora #4 (variant cover), Man-Thing #1 (variant cover)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #18 (interior art)
  • Tess Fowler: Doctor Strange #18 (variant cover)
  • Veronica Fish: Spider-Woman #17 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #13 (variant cover)

All together, there are 37 different female creators set to work on 33 different books in March, 6 more women than in February and 10 more books. And while 37 different women ties Marvel’s December record, they were only working on 25 books then; in March there will be just as many ladies in the mix as that record setting month, distributed even more thoroughly through Marvel’s lineup. These are very good numbers. Writing this post each month used to take me ten minutes or so, since there were only ever a handful of women in the mix, like 4 or 5. Now there’s dozens! It’s a lot more work for me, but it’s the good kind.

In terms of new names at Marvel, we’ve got scores of returning favourites this month but also some debut and returning creators. Gabby Rivera is coming on board to write the new America series, Hannah Blumenreich is doing her first official Marvel work (finally!), I don’t think I’ve seen Jen Bartel at Marvel before, I think Leah Williams is a new name as well, and this might be Paulina Ganucheau’s premiere at Marvel as well. And maybe Tess Fowler too? I know she’s done some stuff at DC. So yeah, a busy month for new creators!

March is typically “Women of Marvel” month, where they put out a bunch of variant covers by female artists, and while Marvel doesn’t seem to be doing that explicitly this month, there are scores of variant covers in the list above, far more than usual. Several of them are part of a themed “Venomized” variant program, so it looks like Marvel might be continuing the spirit of “Women of Marvel” without the specific fanfare. Or they’re just hiring a lot of women to do covers because they know a lot of rad female artists. Either way, there are a lot of variants in the mix this month.

Not a lot of new books, though. We’ve got a few oneshots for the IvX event and a new Iron Fist series, but the only new book with a female lead is America. And it looks FANTASTIC. A queer WOC headlining her own series is a huge step for Marvel; they haven’t been great on the LGBTQ+ front as of late, with little rep and a lot of shying away from the rep they did have. This is a big deal for them, and hopefully something we’ll see more of moving forward.

Overall, March looks to be a great month for women at Marvel, all across the board. The publisher’s on an excellent streak, female creator representation is the highest it’s ever been, and America Chavez finally has a comic book! Things are swell.

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Women At Marvel Comics Watch – December 2015 Solicits: 24 Women On 19 Books

September 28, 2015

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For the first time in so long that I can’t even remember when this happened last, Marvel has more female creators in their solicits for a given month than DC. DC has had the better numbers for ages, but since their mini-relaunch in June their totals have dropped considerably. Marvel’s been up and down over this span, so their strong December total isn’t so much the result of consistent growth as it is just an abnormally good month. Nonetheless, there are some positive signs for more consistently good numbers moving forward. Let’s take a look at who is doing what at Marvel this December:

  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2 (co-writer, cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Silk #2 (variant cover)
  • Brittney Williams: Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat! #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Gwenpool Special #1 (variant cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 (art and cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #1 (writer), Ms. Marvel #2 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool Special #1 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #2 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #2 (writer)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat! #1 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Queen of Hel #3 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat! #1 (variant cover)
  • Ming Doyle: Spider-Woman #2 (variant cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2 (interior art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Lady of Shadows #4 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Secret Wars #9 (variant cover)
  • Sophie Campbell: Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat! #1 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #2 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Queen of Hel #3 (interior art, cover)
  • Tula Lotay: The Vision #2 (variant cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Scarlet Witch #1 (interior art)
  • Veronica Fish: Howard the Duck #2 (art, variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Carnage #3 (variant cover), Invincible Iron Man #4 (variant cover), Karnak #3 (variant cover), Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #2 (cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #1 (cover)

All together, there are 24 different women set to work on 19 different books in December, a big jump from November’s 16 and 10. It’s also more than DC’s 20 and 18, respectively, this December. It’s not more by a lot, but it’s big considering how long Marvel’s been lagging behind DC.

In terms of the potential longevity of these number, there are some good signs. Kate Leth and Brittney Williams are launching Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat!, which looks absolutely delightful, while G. Willow Wilson is relaunching A-Force and Vanesa Del Rey is on Scarlet Witch. They join a variety of other relatively new titles with female creators in the mix, upping Marvel’s regular female creators ranks considerably.

At the same time, 7 of the women listed above are doing variant covers, which is only a one-time gig. Moreover, 9 of them are solely cover artists, main or variant, meaning only 15 women are actually doing work inside the comics. It’s great to have women drawing covers, but it would be nice to have more of them involved on a story level as well.

December is a great month for female characters, though. As I mentioned, Patsy Walker, Scarlet Witch, and the gals of A-Force all have new books. Also in the mix are a Gwenpool special, some ladies on the team books All-New Inhumans and Uncanny X-Men, and Mary Jane Watson appears set to become a big player in Invincible Iron Man. It’s been good to see more and more female characters in key roles over the past couple months of Marvel’s relaunch.

Overall, December looks very good for women at Marvel, real and fictional, and it will be interesting to see what January brings. If they can continue to add female creators to their regular ranks at the rate they’ve been going since the relaunch began in October, these numbers could stay steady and even improve. Inconsistent gigs like variant covers still make up a lot of Marvel’s female representation each month, but continuing these great variant covers with an ever-growing base of women working inside the books will bode well for Marvel’s numbers in the future, if they can keep it going.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – July 2015 Solicits: 14 Different Female Creators On 14 Different Books

May 5, 2015

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After the March “Women of Marvel” promotion helped Marvel reach 20 different female creators for the first time in a long time, the publisher crashed hard in April but slowly grew in the months that followed. Now with the July solicits, Marvel appears to be leveling out, and not at a particularly impressive spot either. As a comparison, DC just had their lowest month of the year for female creators, and Marvel is still lagging behind. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in July 2015:

  • Alti Firmansyah: Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #2 (interior art)
  • Erica Henderson: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 (art and cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #3 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #17 (writer)
  • Irene Koh: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (art and variant cover)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #2 (co-writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #2 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (co-writer), A-Force #3 (co-writer), Max Ride: First Flight #5 (writer), Years of Future Past #3 (writer)
  • Noelle Stevenson: Runaways #2 (writer)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #5 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3 (variant cover)
  • Sophie Campbell: Secret Wars #5 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #6 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (art and cover), Max Ride: First Flight #5 (cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Amazing Spider-Man #20.1 (cover), Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #2 (cover)

All together, 14 different women are scheduled to work on 14 different books in July, the same number of women Marvel had in their June solicits but two fewer titles than in June. On the one hand, these numbers are comparatively not great. Several other publishers, even much smaller ones, could top this with ease. On the other hand, Marvel was a lot lower in the fall; single digit totals were the norm, so to be in the teens consistently now is at least a step in the right direction. It’s another case where better is not yet good. It’s just less bad than before. Which is something! But not enough.

It’s not a big month for new names at Marvel, but I think this is Irene Koh’s first gig there, which is fun. Getting an interior art gig right off the bat is pretty rare. It looks like Sophie Campbell is getting her first Marvel gig as well, doing a variant cover for Secret Wars. I’m a little surprised to see no Marvel work in her credits, since she’s been doing great work for years elsewhere.

In terms of female characters, there are a slew of new Secret Wars tie-ins, most of which bring back past events like Civil War, Age of Apocalypse, and Spider-Island. These are mostly group books with a mixed cast, though usually more men than women because that is the way of things. However, there is one new title that appears to have a majority female cast: Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1. Lots of ladies on the cover for that.

Overall, Marvel’s still trailing behind a lot of other publishers in terms of female representation. I’m very curious to see what happens once Secret Wars is over and Marvel premieres tons of new titles. A huge portion of their line right now is tie-ins, and once the event is over whatever new/tweaked/revamped Marvel universe exists will come with a sea of new books. So far, their Secret Wars tie-ins aren’t overly heavy on the female creators, but hopefully they’ve got more scheduled for their next wave of launches. Only time will tell.


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