Marvel Comics has had successes and failures at representation in its characters in recent months. But what about the creators of these comics? Do the writers, pencillers, inkers, colorists, letterers, and cover artists Marvel hires to weave its narratives reflect reality, or do they perpetuate the same disappointing history?
Of 173 people named as creators of Marvel comics released in February 2016 (not including trade paperbacks or hardcovers), only 19 are women (10.98% of creators), 32 are people of color (18.5%), and five are LGBTQ (2.89%).
Seven comics are credited as written by women, while four are written by white men named Jason and three are written by Brian Michael Bendis.
Marvel still has a long way to go. Readers have been thrilled to see Brittney Williams, Veronica Fish, Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, and more creators Marvel has hired recently. However, the glaring underrepresentation of women, POC, and LGBTQ creators remains disappointing.
Note: Totals are based on creators named in solicitations (Source: Newsarama) and previews, which omit some creators, including some cover artists and some variant cover artists.