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.