Marvel’s on quite a run right now, hitting some of the highest numbers of female creators they’ve ever had over the past six months. This coming August will be no exception, with Marvel besting their own record set just a couple of months back. Lots of women are working on lots of fantastic books at Marvel right now, giving readers a wide variety of options to choose from other than dumb stuff like Nazi Captain America. Go buy Ms. Marvel or Patsy Walker a.k.a. Hellcat! instead! Anyway, let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in August:
- Afua Richardson: Amazing Spider-Man #17 (variant cover)
- Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #6 (interior art)
- Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 (co-writer, cover)
- Annapaola Martello: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5 (interior art)
- Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #4 (writer)
- Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #9 (interior art, cover)
- Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird #6 (writer)
- Elizabeth Torque: Hyperion #6 (cover)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Gwenpool #5 (variant cover)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #11 (interior art, cover)
- Faith Erin Hicks: All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 (co-writer, interior art)
- G. Willow Wilson: All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #10 (writer)
- Gurihiru: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #4 (variant cover), Marvel Tsum Tsum #1 (variant cover)
- Helen Chen: Captain America: Steve Rogers #5 (variant cover), Silk #11 (cover)
- Irene Strychalski: Gwenpool #5 (interior art)
- Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #6 (cover), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 (variant cover), Scarlet Witch #9 (interior art)
- Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Darth Vader #25 (variant cover)
- Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #9 (writer)
- Kate Niemczyk: Mockingbird #6 (interior art)
- Kelly Thompson: A-Force #8 (writer)
- Marjorie Liu: Star Wars: Han Solo #3 (writer)
- Ming Doyle: Power Man and Iron Fist #7 (variant cover)
- Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 (interior art), The Mighty Thor #10 (variant cover)
- Nik Virella: Hyperion #6 (interior art)
- Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Bitter Medicine #5 (co-writer)
- Rosi Kampe: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #4 (interior art)
- Ruth Gage: Captain Marvel #8 (co-writer)
- Sara Pichelli: Black Panther #5 (variant cover), Spider-Man #7 (cover), Star Wars: Darth Vader #25 (variant cover)
- Stacey Lee: Gwenpool #5 (cover)
- Tana Ford: Silk #11 (interior art)
- Tula Lotay: Captain America: Sam Wilson #12 (variant cover)
- Vanesa R. Del Rey: Daredevil Annual #1 (interior art, cover)
- Veronica Fish: All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 (interior art)
All together, there are 34 different female creators set to work on 28 different comic books in August, big jumps from July’s 25 and 18, respectively, and the highest totals we’ve seen at Marvel since this project began. Heck, when we started this project a few years back, there were months with only FIVE women at Marvel. So this is an excellent change of pace. While female creators are still a significant minority at Marvel, things have definitely changed.
Now, there are a bunch of variant covers in the mix this month, with at least 11 of the women listed above working on one. Marvel seems to have brought in a lot of female artists for their special “Tsums Tsums” variant cover promotion. Variant covers are an enjoyable gig and all, but they are the least stable of positions so chances are that a lot of these women won’t be back next month. We’ve seen variant cover gigs eventually turn into steady, interior gigs later on though, so while in the immediate future we might lose some names, they could be back down the road.
There are some new creators in the mix for August, which is always fun. I think that August might mark the first gigs at Marvel for Irene Strychalski and Rosi Kampe, and they’ve both landed interior art jobs, which is impressive. It’s also nice to see some returning favourites, like Ming Doyle and Tula Lotay, as well as Faith Erin Hicks, who’s done the occasional variant cover for Marvel lately but here is doing a short story in the All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 which should be great.
There’s not a lot of new news for female characters, what with Marvel in the midst of Civil War II and pretty focused on that. Marvel did announce a new publishing initiative for the fall called Marvel Now (again) that seems set to bring another dang round of relaunches. That’s always worrisome, because neither DC or Marvel are particularly good at featuring female creators when they do a big relaunch initiative; the numbers ALWAYS go down. Hopefully Marvel’s learned to do better. We’ll see in a couple of months.
As for right now, Marvel’s doing very well with female creators and they’re putting out some fantastic books. It’s great to have women making comics, but it’s extra fun to see all of my favourite Marvel books listed up there. More ladies are making comics at Marvel than ever before, and they’re making some of the publisher’s very best books too. Keep it up, Marvel!