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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.

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Women at Marvel Comics Watch – July 2017 Solicits, 24 Women on 22 Books

May 19, 2017

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Marvel has more female creators in their solicits for the second straight month, but by the smallest amount possible. They gained one with the last round, and are up one more with the July solicits, in what can only be called progress-ish. Especially since the numbers remain far, far below their recent highs; since posting 37 different female creators in their March solicits, Marvel has yet to break out of the low 20s. It’s not been a great run. So let’s see who’s doing what at Marvel in July:

  • Amy Chu: Secret Empire: Brave New World #4 (co-writer)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #14 (writer)
  • Christina Strain: Generation X #4 (writer)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Captain America: Sam Wilson #24 (cover), The Mighty Captain Marvel #7 (cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: The Unstoppable Wasp #7 (cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #22 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #20 (writer)
  • Gabby Rivera: America #5 (co-writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #18 (interior art, cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Edge of Venomverse #2 (interior art)
  • Jen Bartel: America #5 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation #4 (writer)
  • June Brigman: Jean Grey #4 (variant cover)
  • Kamome Kamiyama: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #9 (cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #10 (cover)
  • Kelly Thompson: America #5 (co-writer), Hawkeye #8 (writer)
  • Magdalene Visaggio: Secret Empire: Brave New World #3 (co-writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Mighty Captain Marvel #7 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Hulk #8 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #21 (interior art, cover)
  • Paulina Ganucheau: Star Wars: Poe Dameron #17 (variant cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Men II #1 (cover, interior art)
  • Veronica Fish: The Unstoppable Wasp #7 (interior art)
  • Yusaku Komiyama: Zombies Assemble #4 (writer, interior art)

All together, there are 24 different female creators scheduled to work on 22 different books in July, 1 more woman than in June but 4 fewer books. The decline in books in unfortunate; there aren’t a ton of women working at Marvel to begin with, and putting them on fewer titles is a double whammy against representation at the publisher. And the creator numbers are just flummoxing. Marvel was solidly in the 30s for some time just a few months back, and now they’re employing women at about 2/3 the rate they’ve shown they are capable of. It’s bizarre.

In terms of new names at Marvel, I think that Magdalene Visaggio is the only brand new entry set for July. She’ll be writing a story in Secret Empire: Brave New World #4, which could bode well for future work. Marvel often likes to start new folks on a shorter story as a test run to see if they might be a good fit for bigger gigs. We’ve also got the return of a few people who we haven’t seen a while, including Amy Chu, Irene Strychalski, and Veronica Fish.

There aren’t many new series set for July, but one new team book looks to have a decent female presence. The new Astonishing X-Men is set to star Mystique, Psylocke, and Rogue, alongside a bunch of dudes I’ve already forgotten. Everything else new is male-centric, including a double dose of Spider-Mans with Spider-Men II and yet another Deadpool mini-series.

All together, July looks to be yet another month of underperformance from Marvel. The publisher hasn’t had more than 24 different female creators in the mix since their record-setting March numbers, and few new permanent gigs for women have been added since then. Marvel’s capable of much higher numbers than they’ve been posting as of late, and it might be a little while until things change. Perhaps post-Secret Empire we’ll get a new run of books with some new names in the mix, but for now things are flat.

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.

Women at Marvel Comics – February 2017 Solicits, 31 Women on 23 Books

December 6, 2016

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Marvel is set to be below their recent highs in female creator representation this February, but it’s still going to be a relatively strong month for women at the publisher. They have more than 30 women in their solicits for the seventh straight month, an impressive run with far and away the best sustained numbers we’ve seen from either DC or Marvel over the best several years. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in February 2017:

  • Afua Richardson: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #4 (cover)
  • Alitha E. Martinez: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #4 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #16 (co-writer, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #10 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #15 (interior art)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Elektra #1 (cover), The Mighty Captain Marvel #2 (cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #15 (cover),The Unbelievable Gwenpool #11 (cover), The Unstoppable Wasp #2 (interior art, cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #17 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #15 (writer)
  • Gisele Lagace: The Unbelievable Gwenpool #12 (cover)
  • Gurihiru: The Unbelievable Gwenpool #12 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #17 (cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Silk #17 (interior art)
  • Jordie Bellaire: Uncanny Inhumans #19 (variant cover)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #4 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #15 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Hawkeye #3 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Mighty Captain Marvel #2 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: The Unworthy Thor #4 (variant cover)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Hulk #3 (writer)
  • Myisha Haynes: The Unbelievable Gwenpool #11 (interior art)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #16 (interior art)
  • Nicole Perlman: Gamora #3 (writer)
  • Q-Hayashida: Monsters Unleashed #3 (variant cover)
  • Ro Stein: Champions #1.MU (interior art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Sailor #5 (co-writer)
  • Roxane Gay: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #4 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #13 (interior art, cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Scarlet Witch #15 (interior art)
  • Veronica Fish: Spider-Woman #16 (interior art)

All together, there are 31 different female creators set to work on 23 different comic books this February, 2 fewer women than in January but the same number of books. Marvel’s female creator numbers have ticked down for two months in a row, though that was somewhat expected given the high they hit in December; numbers rarely go up and up and up. It’s been an up and down game, with the overall trajectory heading in a positive direction. That Marvel still has more than 30 women in the mix after two declining months is a good sign for the stability of their ranks. A year ago there were only 18 women in the solicits.

We’ve got a couple of new names this month as well. As far as I can tell, Gisele Lagace is doing her first work at Marvel with a cover, Q-Hayashida is drawing a variant cover, and Ro Stein is doing some interior art. Three new women is a solid tally; anything that expands the rolodex is good to see.

There’s not much in the way of new series this February apart from a Daredevil-related trifecta. Kingpin, Bullseye, and Elektra are all launching books, and the latter is the one we’re the most interested in. Elektra had a book recently that got cancelled in one of the many line-wide relaunches, but she’s back again. And she’s got the Daredevil television show to thank for it if the covers are any indication; her new costume very much resembles her Netflix outfit.

Overall, February looks like it will be a slightly down month for Marvel, but their numbers have been so high lately that even a down month is still rather decent relative to their previous performances over the past few years. There’s no cause for concern yet. Chances are things will be trending up again soon, though we’ll be here each month keeping an eye on things either way.

Women at Marvel Comics Watch – January 2017 Solicits, 33 Women on 23 Books

November 3, 2016

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Marvel’s female creator representation is set to take a small step back to begin the New Year, but after a record setting December a bit of a drop was to be expected. The fall is slight, and well within the ballpark of Marvel’s recent highs through the fall. While another record breaking month would have been a good time, this is nonetheless a solid start to the year. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in January 2017:

  • Afua Richardson: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3 (cover)
  • Alitha E. Martinez: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #15 (cover, co-writer)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #9 (writer)
  • Brittney Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #14 (cover, interior art)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Captain America: Steve Rogers #9 (cover), Hulk #2 (variant cover), The Mighty Captain Marvel #1 (cover), The Unstoppable Wasp #1 (variant cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: The Unstoppable Wasp #1 (cover, interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: The Unworthy Thor #3 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #16 (cover, interior art)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #14 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #10 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #16 (cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Silk #16 (interior art)
  • Jenny Frison: The Mighty Captain Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Final Flight #5 (writer)
  • June Brigman: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #16 (variant cover)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #14 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Hawkeye #2 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Mighty Captain Marvel #1 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Star-Lord #2 (variant cover)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Hulk #2 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3 (variant cover), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #15 (interior art)
  • Natasha Allegri: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #16 (variant cover)
  • Nicole Perlman: Gamora #2 (writer)
  • Nik Virella: All-New Wolverine #16 (interior art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Sailor #4 (co-writer)
  • Roxane Gay: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #12 (cover, interior art)
  • Stacey Lee: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #10 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Ultimates 2 #3 (variant cover)
  • Veronica Fish: Spider-Woman #15 (interior art)

All together, there are 33 different female creators set to work on 23 different books at Marvel in January, 4 fewer women than in December and 2 fewer books. December was a huge month, though, and January’s numbers are in the upper range of where Marvel’s been for the past six months. While going even higher and perhaps even reaching 40 women for the first time ever would have been rad, Marvel’s not there quite yet. Instead, the publisher is holding steady with some decent numbers.

January’s not a huge month for new women at Marvel, though. Everyone listed above is a regular or a returning favourite who’s done something for them recently. It’s nice to see that Marvel has such a solid group of women regularly in the mix, though it’s always good to see some new names.

It’s not a big month for new female-led titles either, though there are a couple. After an introductory #0 issue in December, The Mighty Captain Marvel officially starts with a #1 issue, and we’ve also got the debut of The Unstoppable Wasp. I’m particularly excited for the latter because Elsa Charretier is on art, and I’m a big fan of her work. There are some ladies involved in new team books, too, including U.S.Avengers and Avengers #1.MU, which ties into Marvel’s new “Monsters Unleashed” event.

Overall, it looks like 2017 will be off to a nice start for Marvel. The publisher only had 20 women on 14 books at the start of 2016, so they’ve grown well over the course of the year and so far they seem set to continue in the same vein moving forward. Women still remain a small minority of creators overall, but representation is growing. Hopefully 2017 will bring even more record breaking months for Marvel.

Women at Marvel Comics Watch – December 2016 Solicits, 37 Women on 25 Books

October 6, 2016

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Marvel’s had an impressive run with female creators throughout the fall with 30 or more women in every round of solicits we’ve seen for the autumn months. Now they’re set to cap the year with a new record high, bolstered by a slew of new titles with female writers and female lead characters. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in December 2016:

  • Afua Richardson: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #2 (cover)
  • Alitha E. Martinez: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #2 (interior art)
  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #10 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #14 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Star Wars: Classified #2 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #8 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #13 (interior art, cover)
  • Chynna Clugston-Flores: Gwenpool Holiday Special: Merry Mix-Up (co-writer, interior art)
  • Elizabeth Torque: The Mighty Captain Marvel #0 (cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Star Wars: Classified #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: Great Lakes Avengers #3 (variant cover), Gwenpool Holiday Special: Merry Mix-Up (variant cover), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #15 (interior art, cover)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #9 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #15 (cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Silk #15 (interior art)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Final Flight #4 (writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Classified #1 (variant cover)
  • Karla Pacheco: Gwenpool Holiday Special: Merry Mix-Up (co-writer)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #13 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Hawkeye #1 (writer)
  • Laura Braga: A Year of Marvels: The Uncanny #1 (interior art)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Mighty Captain Marvel #0 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #2 (variant cover), Hawkeye #1 (variant cover)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Hulk #1 (writer)
  • Myisha Haynes: Gwenpool Holiday Special: Merry Mix-Up (interior art)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #14 (interior art)
  • Nen Chang: Jessica Jones #3 (variant cover)
  • Nicole Perlman: Gamora #1 (writer)
  • Nik Virella: All-New Wolverine #15 (interior art)
  • Pia Guerra: Hulk #1 (variant cover)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Sailor #3 (co-writer)
  • Roxane Gay: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #2 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #11 (interior art, cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Jessica Jones #3 (variant cover), Scarlet Witch #13 (interior art)
  • Tula Lotay: Gamora #1 (variant cover)
  • Veronica Fish: Spider-Woman #14 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Avengers #2.1 (variant cover)

All together, there are 37 different female creators set to work on 25 different books at Marvel this December, a gain of 6 women and 6 books from November. It’s also Marvel’s highest month for female creators since we starting keeping track a few years back, breaking a record they set earlier in the year. Looking back, 2016 has been a year of solid growth for women at Marvel. Back in February, there were only 18 different female creators working on Marvel books, and now that number has more than doubled.

A slew of new books made this record setting December possible. Margaret Stohl is writing The Mighty Captain Marvel, Mariko Tamaki is writing Hulk (which actually stars She-Hulk), Kelly Thompson is writing Hawkeye (the rad lady one), and Nicole Perlman is writing Gamora. It’s great to see such fantastic writers penning such awesome female characters, though it’d be fun to have some female artists in the mix, and I’d love to see Marvel let female creators work on more than just female-led books. Nonetheless, all of these new titles sound great.

Plus we’re getting a Gwenpool holiday special that’s got lots of women involved and should be a lot of fun. It also brings some new names to Marvel, including Chynna Clugston-Flores, Myisha Haynes, and Karla Pacheco; Clugston-Flores might have done a cover or something at some point a while back maybe? It’s hard to remember everyone. Either way, those three women are either new to Marvel or haven’t been around in a while.

Overall, Marvel is set to end the year on a high note. It’s nice to see that both major superhero publishers are going to close out 2016 with their best numbers yet; that’s a very encouraging sign for 2017. Hopefully Marvel can sustain these new highs for whatever the year brings, including their next inevitable round of relaunches. But for now, December looks to be a very strong showing for women at Marvel, both real and fictional, and the publisher has definitely progressed considerably over the past year.

Women at Marvel Comics – November 2016 Solicits, 31 Women on 19 Books

September 8, 2016

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Marvel’s on quite a run with female creators. While their November solicits are a slight step down from the record highs of the three months previous, there are still a lot of women in the mix; the publisher hasn’t had fewer than 30 female creators since July. There are, however, some slightly disconcerting trends therein. We’ll chat about it all, but first let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in November 2016:

  • Afua Richardson: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Alitha E. Martinez: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 (interior art, variant cover)
  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #9 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #13 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annapaola Martello: Scarlet Witch #12 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #7 (writer)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #12 (interior art, cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Star Wars Annual #2 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #13 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool #8 (interior art)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #14 (variant cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Silk #14 (interior art)
  • Jody Houser: Max Ride: Final Flight #3 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Ms. Marvel #13 (cover)
  • Kamome Shirahama: The Punisher #7 (variant cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #12 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Star Wars Annual #2 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 (variant cover), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #13 (interior art, variant cover)
  • Nik Virella: All-New Wolverine #14 (interior art)
  • Risa Hulett: Ultimates 2 #1 (variant cover)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Sailor #2 (co-writer)
  • Roxane Gay: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #10 (cover)
  • Siya Oum: Jessica Jones #2 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Gwenpool #8 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Captain America: Steve Rogers #7 (cover)
  • Veronica Fish: Spider-Woman #13 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Silk #14 (cover)
  • Yona Harvey: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 (co-writer)

All together, there are 31 different female creators scheduled to work on 19 different comic books at Marvel in November, 2 fewer women than in October and 5 fewer books. The drop in the overall number isn’t a particularly big deal; these things fluctuate, and Marvel’s been solidly in the low-30s for four straight months. The drop in the number of books, however, is a bit troubling.

Back in August, Marvel had women working on 28 different books, and that number has dwindled since then down to 19 in November, a drop of a third. Meanwhile, the number of women at Marvel has stayed roughly the same. Instead of having female creators spread throughout the line, they’re grouped together, typically on a book with a female lead, limiting their broader impact on Marvel’s output. It’s an odd sort of pigeonholing; Marvel’s employing more women than they ever have, but they’re keeping them all together in a small little corner of their line.

Now, there are books where this makes sense. The new Black Panther: World of Wakanda focuses on Wakandan women, and it’s got several women of colour writing and drawing the stories therein. It’s a smart idea to bring their perspective to this title. But broadly speaking, female creators are capable of writing and drawing more than just women, and lumping them all together in a limited number of titles is a poor way to go about improving representation at the publisher. Moving women from a tiny minority to a small minority is a step in the right direction, yes, but Marvel needs to a) keep hiring MORE women, and b) start employing them throughout their line.

It should also be pointed out that this problem is not unique to Marvel; DC does this a lot as well. But it’s been more pronounced at Marvel as of late, and the consistent drop in titles while the number of women has remained about the same is a bizarre trend that demanded comment.

In terms of female characters, Marvel’s got a whole pile of new books set to premiere in November as their new Marvel NOW! line continues to roll out, most of which have male leads. Black Panther: World of Wakanda is an exception, as is the new Invincible Iron Man with Riri Williams in a lead role. Most of the rest have men at the forefront, with a few women here and there on new team books; Ultimates 2 looks to have several women in the mix, at least.

Overall, Marvel’s been doing a lot of good things as of late. Consistent numbers for female creators that are very high relative to their past performances is a great thing. But there’s still a long way to go. There’s lots of room for these numbers to grow, and female creators don’t just have to work on books with a female lead. Progress on all of these fronts is slow, of course. We’ve been monitoring these numbers for years and are just starting to see hints of almost decent representation now, so this will take some time. Hopefully Marvel can continue with the progress they’ve made and push things even further in the months ahead.


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