What do Batgirl, Captain Marvel, and Silk Spectre all have in common? They’re some of the comic book industry’s mightiest superheroines, but this is far from being the sole attribute that unifies them. The fictional lives of these ladies of the butt kick are guided by some of the most talented female creative visionaries in the business, and they’ve been making serious waves over the years in a profession that, once upon a time, was primarily male-centric. With that being said, check out our list of the 7 greatest female creatives in comics today!
1) Kelly Sue DeConnick
The wife of Marvel Comics creative architect Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick has steadily become a household name among comic book aficionados the world over; her current run on Avengers Assemble and handling of Ms. Marvel’s taking on the mantle of Captain Marvel in the titular series have been met with an overwhelmingly positive reception and a fanbase that grows seemingly by the minute! With a track record this impressive, DeConnick may very well become the first female creative architect at Marvel.
2) Amanda Conner
Like so many aspiring artists, Amanda Conner spent a good part of the ‘80s submitting her work to Marvel and DC for portfolio reviews, being told plenty of times to keep improving her technique. But after a fateful opportunity to illustrate a back-up story in Avengers Solo #12, Conner’s career snowballed into the industry titan she is today. She has since lent her artistic talents to a plethora of comics and magazines, but many fans hold her work on Power Girl and Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre in very high regard.
3) Marjorie Liu
Prior to her becoming a novelist and comic book writer, Marjorie Liu initially pursued a legal career. Her first novel, Tiger Eye, was published in 2007 and followed soon after by a sequel. Afterward, Liu’s agent aided in bringing her into Marvel’s fold, penning the X-Men tie-in novel Dark Mirror and, eventually, other titles in the franchise including Astonishing X-Men. In fact, Liu made headlines last year when she wrote the wedding of openly gay Alpha Flight team member Northstar and his boyfriend Kyle Jinadu in Astonishing X-Men #51.
4) Fiona Staples
Image Comics’ groundbreaking series Saga became such an immediate and consistent success, not only because it’s written by Brain K. Vaughan of Lost and Y: The Last Man fame, but also thanks in no small part to the unique and gorgeous artwork of Fiona Staples. An artistic triple threat as a penciler, inker, and colorist, Staples has demonstrated her versatile design in the people, creatures, and places of Saga, as well as her mastery of facial expressions both overt and nuanced. Seriously, her popularity means getting her autograph at a convention is practically impossible!
5) Gail Simone
Simone has worked on innumerable titles including Deadpool, Action Comics, Villains United, and—the most famous of them all—the re-imagined Batgirl series for DC Comics’ New 52 reboot. And it’s her status as a renowned writer among the readership that got her back on Batgirl when DC was inundated with vitriolic criticism over their letting her go from the title. Hell hath no fury like fans enraged!
6) Christy Marx
Christy Marx is an industry veteran, carrying years of sage-like empirical wisdom on editorial procedure and writing for multiple forms of entertainment media. A hallmark of Marx’s work is her proclivity to write strong, independent female characters, evident in comics including Red Sonja and her creator-owned series Sisterhood of Steel—not to mention the cult classic ‘80s cartoon show Jem and the Holograms. Recently, Marx was charged with relaunching the female fantasy hero Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld in the now defunct Sword of Sorcery title and is currently penning the all-women team book Birds of Prey.
7) Nicola Scott
Originally an actress from Sydney, Australia, Nicola Scott made the shift from one creative career to another, working her way towards becoming a comic book artist. She did work for a small domestic publisher known as Phosphorescent Comics before traveling to the 2002 San Diego Comic-Con International, gaining the attention of publishers Top Cow and, eventually, DC. Her incomparable and detailed art style has since been seen in Blackest Night: Wonder Woman, the final issues of the pre-New 52 Teen Titans series, and, currently, Earth 2.
Which female creative is your favorite?