There’s no doubt that most, if not all, of the most celebrated creators working in comics are men. No matter the decade, no matter the genre, comics have always been a male dominated medium despite the incredible work done by women creators over the years. Recent years have seen a small and gradual change for the better and we here at Emet Comics are proud to be a change-agent of this movement.
Sometimes removing one’s blinders and looking past a name is all it takes to discover a woman creator who has been behind some of your favorite titles for years. Cases in point are the wives of legendary creators Walt Simonson (Thor, X-Factor) and Stuart Immonen (Ultimate Spider-Man, Nextwave) who, while highly regarded in their own right, don’t get nearly the attention their husbands do. Yet, just past where the typical headline stops are two powerhouses in the world of comics, Louise Simonson and Kathryn Immonen.
In Louise’s case she started editing for Marvel under the name Louise Jones before eventually trying her hand at writing for them under her name Louise Simonson. Louise created the Power Pack, but became mostly known for her work on X-Factor, where she introduced Apocalypse, and was later joined by her husband providing artwork. She was also one of the chief architects of “The Death of Superman” storyline, which has gone on to become a seminal story in the history of the character and in comics in general.
Kathryn and her husband have worked on a variety of Marvel comics while simultaneously creating web comics that they coauthor. But Kathryn has her own stack of accolades outside of her collaborations with her husband. Most recognizable is her work as the writer of Marvel’s award-winning Runaways series, that also introduced superstar female artist Sara Pichelli to the Marvel roster. She’s always been quietly producing excellent titles for Marvel, from Patsy Walker: Hellcat to Heralds to Wolverine and Jubilee to Journey Into Mystery, which famously saw the narrative shift from following Loki to following the female Sif.
One doesn’t have to look far to notice the women making comics every day, but every now and then it doesn’t hurt to check and see if the industry’s male dominated narrative is keeping some of the best female creators hidden just out of site.