Find out how Jessica Jones went from ALIAS & THE PULSE to her own self-titled comic & Netflix series

This March, we celebrate Women’s History Month by spotlighting some of the most iconic characters and creators from the Marvel Universe.

Did you know that one of Marvel’s most prominent characters almost didn’t get created? See, back when Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos were trying to figure out the 2001 series called ALIAS, the writer intended on using an existing character in Jessica Drew. However, when that proved unworkable, they created a new one by the name of Jessica Jones!

In that first ALIAS issue, readers met a woman named Jessica Jones who clearly had been through a lot in her life. The hard-boiled private detective they met cursed like a sailor, drank till she passed out in bars and tried to do the right thing even when the odds seemed fully stacked against her.

In the first arc, Jessica took on a job to find a woman’s sister who wound up dead not long after the PI found her. In the process of tracking the woman down, Jessica also accidentally recorded Captain America’s secret identity and became a prime suspect in the murder case.

The Marvel MAX series tackled some intense ideas and themes, especially when it came to The Purple Man and his role in making Jessica give up her superhero identity. It also established the relationship between Jessica and Luke Cage. The two have since become one of the more stable couples in comics with Jessica giving birth to their daughter Dani.

ALIAS ran for 28 issues and came to a conclusion in 2004. At that point, Bendis and a variety of artists moved Jones over to the world of reporting – and pregnancy – in THE PULSE which ran for 14 issues. 

The Pulse (2004) #8

The Pulse (2004) #8

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After marrying Cage in the pages of NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #1, Jessica and her husband decided to actively work against Iron Man’s Pro Registration side, teaming up with Captain America and aiding him as seen in the pages of NEW AVENGERS. 

New Avengers Annual (2006) #1

New Avengers Annual (2006) #1

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For a time, Jessica even returned to her superhero roots, going by the name of Power Woman, but ultimately realized that living in Avengers Mansion offered far too many dangers for her beloved daughter and they left, though they she would soon return when Luke formed the Mighty Avengers.

These days, in addition to headlining a Netflix show, Jones also stars in a self-titled series by her creators Bendis and Gaydos. 

Marvel's Jessica Jones (2015) #1

Marvel's Jessica Jones (2015) #1

  • Published: September 14, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 07, 2015
  • Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
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In creating a brand new character, Bendis still firmly rooted Jessica Jones’ origins in the existing Marvel Universe, though ALIAS readers had to wait a few dozen issues to discover this. She actually attended high school with Peter Parker, but missed the day he got bit by that infamous spider because she was on her way to Disney World with her folks. That car trip ended abruptly in a crash that killed her parents and left her in a coma for a while, bu also granted her super powers. She eventually took on the Jewel identity to fight crime after seeing Spider-Man do the same. Years later, when Spidey unmasked himself as Peter Parker in front of Jessica and the other Avengers, she was appalled to discover that he never once recognized her from their years of school! Making matters worse, he referred to her as “Coma Girl,” a revelation that did not gain the Wall Crawler any points.

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The Women of Marvel gather together to roundtable about the history of women working in comics!

In honor of Women’s History Month, we continue the discussion of women working in comics, plus comics for women, with a roundtable discussion with hosts Sana Amanat & Judy Stephens and guests Lorraine Cink and Christina Harrington.

Listen to the Women of Marvel – Episode 140 now!

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Loot Crate has assembled the Marvel Gear and Goods crate for the ultimate Marvel fan. This crate features official Marvel items like collectible home goods, apparel and more every other month!

So you just stopped Thanos from undoing reality (again) and Nova Prime is probably going to spend weeks on the paperwork alone. Here’s an Infinity Gem of an idea: let’s kick off the space boots, head to the backyard and have a COSMIC PARTY! We’re inviting a motley crew of galactic greats and they’re bringing essential party items featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel herself and the Nova Corps! Order by 5/15 at 9pm PT.

head to LootCrate.com/marvelgear and use promo code MARVELWOMEN to save $3 on your subscription today!

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The Women of Marvel podcast assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel Director, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Marvel.com Producer Judy Stephens, along with Marvel DMG Senior Social Media Manager Adri Cowan.

Have feedback or questions? Email us at WomenOf@marvel.com, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel!

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Follow artist Sara Pichelli on her journey from animator to the co-creator of Miles Morales!

This March, we celebrate Women’s History Month by spotlighting some of the most iconic characters and creators from the Marvel Universe.

Artist Sara Pichelli burst onto the scene in 2007, earning fans right off the bat thanks to her dynamic, yet emotive style. By the following year, she did her first book for Marvel – NYX: NO WAY HOME #3 – and the rest, as they say, is history!

After finishing that series with #6, Pichelli moved right over to RUNAWAY with #10 and stuck around until #14, the last issue of that volume. From there she drew books like X-MEN: PIXIE STRIKES BACK, the NAMORA one-shot and contributed to both HER-OES and GIRL COMICS.

Then, the artist skyrocketed into the public consciousness when she joined Brian Michael Bendis on ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN starting with #15. The series then jumped back to its previous numbering with the next installment and ran until Peter Parker died in the pages of #160

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2009) #160

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2009) #160

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Pichelli drew up to #155 on that volume, but then contributed the very first look at Peter’s replacement, Miles Morales, in the pages of ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4. She then proceeded to debut ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN with Bendis, returning for other issues and covers throughout the book’s run. 

Ultimate Fallout (2011) #4

Ultimate Fallout (2011) #4

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Pichelli and Bendis also teamed up on SPIDER-MEN, the first meeting of the classic Peter Parker with the Ultimate Universe’s Miles Morales. The duo, proving both well suited for one another and incredibly popular, joined forces in 2013 for another major series, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

The collaborations don’t stop there, of course. They worked together on issues of ALL-NEW X-MEN and also came together to bring Miles Morales into the Marvel Universe after SECRET WARS in a series called SPIDER-MAN that’s still going strong to this day. 

Spider-Man (2016) #14

Spider-Man (2016) #14

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As Pichelli herself related in a 2014 Marvel.com interview, she credited C.B. Cebulski with discovering her. “In 2008 I lost my job at an animation studio where I was working as a character designer,” she said. “And since I was starting to feel the urge to explore a new media—in order to have more control of my artwork—I took advantage of this transition to take a stab at becoming a comic book artist. I started to be interested in comics thanks to my amazing partner—and also a comic book artist—David Messina a couple of years before, and it was love at first sight.” She then did work for IDW, but entered Cebulski’s international Marvel talent search called Chesterquest contest which drew attention to her skills and lead to those early Marvel books!

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Trina Robbins and the Bowery Boys join the Women of Marvel for a special podcast!

In honor of Women’s History Month, we bring you a special packed episode of the Women of Marvel featuring comics historian Trina Robbins and Greg Young from the Bowery Boys, plus special guests!

Tune in as hosts Judy Stephens and Sana Amanat chat the history of women working in the comics industry with Trina Robbins, plus her extensive career of writing and editing. Then we welcome half of the Bowery Boys, Greg Young, to talk the importance of NYC in the comics industry and the evolution of

Listen to the Women of Marvel – Episode 139 now!

Check out all the work by Trina Robbins, including her upcoming work here.

And you can listen to episode #187 of the Bowery Boys, Super City: New York and the History of Comic Books.

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Loot Crate has assembled the Marvel Gear and Goods crate for the ultimate Marvel fan. This crate features official Marvel items like collectible home goods, apparel and more every other month!

So you just stopped Thanos from undoing reality (again) and Nova Prime is probably going to spend weeks on the paperwork alone. Here’s an Infinity Gem of an idea: let’s kick off the space boots, head to the backyard and have a COSMIC PARTY! We’re inviting a motley crew of galactic greats and they’re bringing essential party items featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel herself and the Nova Corps! Order by 5/15 at 9pm PT.

head to LootCrate.com/marvelgear and use promo code MARVELWOMEN to save $3 on your subscription today!

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The Women of Marvel podcast assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel Director, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Marvel.com Producer Judy Stephens, along with Marvel DMG Senior Social Media Manager Adri Cowan.

Have feedback or questions? Email us at WomenOf@marvel.com, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel!

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Trace the evolution of the former White Queen to X-Man and beyond!

This March, we celebrate Women’s History Month by spotlighting some of the most iconic characters and creators from the Marvel Universe.

Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne in the pages of 1980’s UNCANNY X-MEN #129, Emma Frost first entered the Marvel Universe as the Hellfire Club’s telepathic powerhouse, The White Queen. At the time, the nefarious group intended to bring the X-Men to their knees, even going so far as to put a tap on Cerebro.

With information stolen from Professor X’s machine, Ms. Frost headed to Deerfield, Illinois to meet a young woman also making her first appearance: Kitty Pryde! There under the pretense of offering Ms. Pryde a place at a school in Massachusetts, Frost happened to be there when Kitty manifested her mutant phasing powers. However, the child didn’t seem convinced, which left Emma in a bad spot as Professor X, Storm, Colossus, and Wolverine appeared for their own recruitment drive.

While Kitty grabbed a malt with the students, Frost sent armored goons in to rough them up. Though the X-Men easily handled these intruders, they remained unprepared for White Queen’s telepathic force bolt which left them unconscious. However, in the fray, Kitty phased out of the building, but stowed away on the fleeing ship to save her eventual teammates.

Kitty figured out how to contact the other X-Men and they made their way to the place where Frost held their teammates as well as Professor Xavier. During the ensuing battle, Emma fought Jean Grey and her Phoenix Force for the first time, seemingly dying in the process, but really surviving to fight another day.

For years after, Emma Frost battled the X-Men as part of the Hellfire Club. She also really did run a Massachusetts school for gifted youngsters, training them and building them into a group called the Hellions. The destruction of this young team came as a result of Trevor Fitzroy unleashing the Sentinels on them. Feeling intense guilt as the only surviving member of her squad, Frost soon teamed up with Sean Cassidy to save a group of new mutants who would eventually star in GENERATION X. Emma stuck around as the team’s mentor, but murdering her own sister, a murderer herself, didn’t sit well with the kids and the team disbanded.

However, that did not directly lead back to a life of crime with the Hellfire Club. Instead, she moved to Genosha where she taught young mutants how to use their powers. That is until another Sentinel attack left her the only survivor on the entire island nation. During the NEW X-MEN series, she not only became an important member of the main mutant team, but also started a relationship with Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, that continued up to his death.

While Scott seemingly died at the hands of Black Bolt as the X-Men tried to destroy one of the mutant-killing Terrigen mists, he actually perished earlier upon exposure to the cloud. The version seen on the battle field turned out to be an illusion that Emma cast in an effort to fulfill Cyclops’ last wishes. This, of course, led directly into the pages of INHUMANS VS. X-MEN. In that series, Frost made a number of moves that have many wondering if the intensity of the past few months has left her teetering between good and evil. Only time will tell.

Over the years, Emma Frost’s unparalleled power, whip-smart wit, and incredible fortitude have allowed her to make the transition from a hated enemy to a fan-favorite X-Man, a feat that few others have actually accomplished.

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Emma Frost survived the Sentinel attack on Genosha because she exhibited one of the first known examples of secondary mutation. In her case, she turned into a being of pure diamond. In this form, she cannot use her telepathic powers, but does become almost completely impervious to harm, temperature, psychic attacks, and even the need to breathe. This alternate form also allowed for super strength, the ability to never tire, and even a numbness to emotions and pain.

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Kate Leth, Amy Reeder, and Kelly Thompson speak out on several subjects!

We continue this month’s celebration of Women’s History with a roundtable discussion consisting of some of Marvel Comics’ most talented creators: Kate Leth (PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT!), Amy Reeder (MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR), and Kelly Thompson (HAWKEYE). We wanted speak with these creators not only to know who influenced their work but also to get an idea as to how and where they see women affecting the industry as a whole.

Marvel.com: To kick things off, I’m curious who you think are the most significant female super heroes in the Marvel Universe and why?

Kate Leth: I think that right now, Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, and America Chavez are probably the most influential, at least to the women I know. I have personal favorites, of course—She-Hulk tops the list—but I think each of those three and their respective titles—including YOUNG AVENGERS—have really pushed Marvel in a new and better direction. None of them are cookie-cutter bombshells or plot devices; they’re all fully-realized and reflective of the real world.

Amy Reeder: Historically, I’d say Storm is pretty significant; talk to any random person on the street and they’ll know who Storm is. And that’s not nothing! Something about her has clearly made a lasting impression on the world, and I’m not sure if that’s her amazing design, cool powers, or just general command of presence. I would love for her to come more to the forefront than she already is. She is a true leader.

On a current note, I’d say Ms. Marvel has kicked off a whole new era of comics at Marvel, that is focusing both on the importance of representation, and the originality of story and art. It feels like we’re experiencing a renaissance.

Kelly Thompson: I think Captain Marvel is undoubtedly one of the most important characters out there for Marvel and with good reason. Storm, She-Hulk, and Black Widow are also super iconic and powerful to me. I also think some of the more atypical super hero cult favorites like Jessica Jones and Nico Minoru of Runaways, especially with TV shows—or upcoming TV shows—have the potential to leap to the front of the line. One thing I love about all of those I just listed is the variety; there’s no type there, they’re all very different characters the same way Wolverine and Spider-Man are different and that’s both important and a big change we’ve been seeing in the last five to ten years; enough female roles to see some real variety in the characters. In the end though, I think it’s impossible to understate the importance of Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel. The impact of that character is massive. She’s a game changer, and I hope it’s a permanent change.

Marvel.com: Of course, you are all currently working on female-led titles for Marvel. I recognize it’s difficult to look at your work from a historical perspective since you are in the moment as we speak. All the same, how do you think your respective titles are affecting the shape and creative direction of the Marvel Universe?

Kate Leth: I hope HELLCAT is picked up again in years to come by people who realize just how queer it is. Not just in its characters, but its sensibility. I absolutely think straight people can write gay characters, but I think that Brittney and I, who are both queer, made this book something authentic and genuine in between all the puns and crime-fighting. As our book is ending, I look to others to pick up the glittering, rainbow torch. [Laughs]

Amy Reeder: Seeing as I created Moon Girl, it’s hard not to have high hopes on that front; I hope that she will be a solid mainstay in the [Marvel] Universe and our team has been working hard to see that happen. She is currently the smartest person in the Marvel Universe! So, it’ll be interesting to see how long she can hold onto that title. She’s now featured in three video games, and I do truly hope she can find her way into film or television, if only because this would be a great opportunity to have a young black girl hero on the screen. And past that, I hope that the success of our book sets off many more titles that keep representation in mind, and I wouldn’t mind seeing more young characters as well.

Kelly Thompson: I mean, obviously, Kate Bishop should be ruling the world, right? [Laughs] More seriously, I do think you’re right that it’s really hard to know what something you’re doing will mean to people or the market in a year, let alone five or 10 years. I’d love for Kate to not only continue being a fan favorite but to also level up to solid super-star A-list status—she’s obviously well on her way to that; and I hope we’re helping to make that happen, but she’s got a ways to go before she’s a household name like Storm or Captain Marvel or Black Widow.

More broadly I’d love to see more books like HAWKEYE that are allowed to have “smaller” stories. I love a good world ending apocalypse as much as the next guy, but sometimes I want something that stands on its own a bit and feels a little more personal. Those can be tough in this cutthroat market, but I think they’re really important stories, and also happen to be some of the best—and most critically acclaimed—stories we’ve seen in recent years.

Marvel.com: Taking things in a more personal direction, which women in comics have had a significant effect on you as comics creator?

Kate Leth: I would not be in comics if it weren’t for independent creators like Kate Beaton, Jess Fink, and Emily Carroll. That’s where I found my start and inspiration, through women who did it themselves and built a career on their own terms. There are the big names, of course—Kelly Sue [DeConnick] and Gail [Simone] have been incredibly supportive and inspirational to me—but Kate and Jess and Emily gave me the guts to just get out there and make the thing.

Amy Reeder: Ai Yazawa’s Paradise Kiss made a very early and lasting impression on me and how I think comics should be. Sophie Campbell has probably affected me more than anyone else, male or female—her love for creating unique characters echoes her passion for people in general. I’ve learned a lot from [SPIDER-MAN] artist Sara Pichelli—my sketches have gotten more life in them from looking at hers.

Also, MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR artist Natacha Bustos has been blowing me away with her art. I’m floored by her ability to draw all the crazy things we’ve asked for, and at an amazing pace. I’m learning from her how to stop myself from doing too many details, all while making panels look better and with more focus.

Kelly Thompson: Kelly Sue DeConnick. She’s not only written some fantastic and hilarious comics, super hero and otherwise, but she was certainly the driving creative force behind Captain Marvel’s book, and the character becoming a definitive A-lister at Marvel comics. And from where I’m sitting that pushed the needle forward in a really important way, both for Marvel and for female characters and super heroes more broadly. I also think not enough can be said about [editor] Sana Amanat and G. Willow Wilson’s work with MS. MARVEL; that’s some once in a lifetime magic there—a perfect pairing of creators and character. Kathryn Immonen’s WOLVERINE & JUBILEE and her JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY run are so great—wild and creative and fun and unexpected. Gail Simone is obviously a legend, she paved the way for so much, made so many things possible for those of us that have joined her in comics.

And if I start listing artists that have inspired and affected me we will literally be here all day: Becky Cloonan, Fiona Staples, Sophie Campbell, Tula Lotay, Meredith McClaren, Jordie Bellaire, Stephanie Hans, Annie Wu, Brianne Drouhard, Jillian Tamaki, Amanda Conner, Babs Tarr, Pia Guerra—so, so many.

Marvel.com: Which women working in comics today do you think are really pushing the medium and industry forward?

Kate Leth: I’m gonna get real self-serving for a second and say that the Valkyries, the group I founded years ago—that is now nearly-700 members strong and much larger than me—for women working in comics retail, are making a huge difference. As the group’s evolved, members have moved into publishing and creating, but those working on the ground in shops and libraries have made a huge difference. As a unit, they’ve got power, and influence, and their concerns are being listened to. For publishers to see this and realize they need to address it and cater to it is something that didn’t exist five, 10 years ago. That matters!

In terms of creators, I think the biggest change is coming from outside the Big Two. Nobody’s made an impact like Raina Telgemeier or Kate Beaton. I think that indie creators, people making webcomics and graphic novels, are the ones to watch. Spike Trotman, Taneka Stotts—with Sfé Monster—are publishing anthologies that traditional publishers might never have wanted to touch and are seeing huge success. I mention these names quite often, but I honestly think they’re crucial to this industry. While there are lots of indie creators I’d like to see tackle Marvel stories, I’m happy to see them flourish with their own work.

Amy Reeder: Dare I say it: I think most instances of the medium being pushed forward right now is through the work of women. We have women who are making major headway in the book market, like Kate Beaton and Raina Telgemeier. Steven Universe’s Rebecca Sugar has perhaps unintentionally inspired swaths of comics hopefuls with her art style; it’s all I see with art students. Most of the books with buzz surrounding them involve women creators and/or characters.

A lot of the up-and-comers are exciting, too. This gal Hannah Blumenreich recently did a short backup story in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25, based on her awesome webcomic Spidey Zine. She’s someone to look at. I’m also really excited about this young writer-artist Tillie Walden—she tells stories in a way I never knew I needed, but the fact is, I do.

Kelly Thompson: Anyone that can move the needle like Kelly Sue DeConnick has and sort of permanently change the conversation, is an icon and a legend as far as I’m concerned. We’re all benefiting now from a lot of hard work she put in at Marvel and continues to put in elsewhere. Her creator-owned Bitch Planet, to me, is probably the most important book in comics right now. It also happens to be fantastic. And being both important and legitimately fantastic at the same time is no easy feat!

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Captain America, Thor, and more get in touch with their feminine sides!

Across the sprawling tapestry of the multiversal spectrum lie alternate realities where strong woman inhabit the iconic roles held by men in the traditional Marvel Universe. These women suffered or fought no less than their male counterparts for these positions of power, triumphs we seek to spotlight today with a select sampling from those universes.

Captain America: In an alternate future, Shannon Carter fulfilled a dream of honoring the original Cap by becoming the heroic American Dream. After adopting a super hero career, she actually inherited Steve Rogers’ famous shield, as well as led the Dream Team, a group of champions that eventually morphed into a future version of the Avengers.
First seen in A-NEXT #4.

Spider-Man: More than one female counterpart to the web-slinger exists throughout the realities, but one of our favorites takes the form of a Betty Brant on an alternate Earth who took a radioactive spider-bite meant for Peter Parker and transformed herself into Spider-Girl. Alas, Betty abandoned the role upon failing to stop the burglar who killed Peter’s beloved Uncle Ben.
First seen in WHAT IF? #7.

Hulk: Another Betty on another alternate Earth downed a special serum that turned Betty Ross into a female version of the gamma-spawned Hulk. In this state, she went after the mutant Wolverine to try and stop him from murdering the first Hulk, Bruce Banner. Betty battled her male counterpart as well as Wolverine before ending up in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.
First seen in ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS. HULK #3.


Wolverine:
Speaking of everyone’s favorite ferocious X-Man, a female Wolverine of sorts went by the name Wild Thing in the same possible future of American Dream. The daughter of Wolverine and the assassin Elektra, Rina Logan possessed all the agility and speed of her father, as well as a set of psychokinetic claws that resembled Wolverine’s original adamantium set.
First seen in J2 #5.

Thor: Long before the real Jane Foster picked up the hammer of Thor, her “twin” in an alternate reality found the famous artifact on a trip to Norway and became Thordis. Her accomplishments as the thunder goddess include rescuing Don Blake, stopping Ragnarok, and becoming the queen of Asgard alongside Odin All-Father.
First seen in WHAT IF? #10.


Punisher:
In a 2099 that may or may not happen, Cassondra Castle took on the mantle of the Punisher to honor her late father, Frank. After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, her focus became teaching her son Franklin to continue the legacy, but he broke the chain after her death and let it fade away.
First seen in PUNISHER 2099 #1.


Deadpool:
Lady Deadpool…nuff said? We thought so, too.
First seen in DEADPOOL: MERC WITH A MOUTH #7.

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The iconic writer shares her story from fan to pro!

This March, we celebrate Women’s History Month by spotlighting some of the most iconic characters and creators from the Marvel Universe.

So far in celebrating Women’s History Month we’ve talked about characters and creators, but now we’re switching gears a bit and talking to one of the latter.

Marvel readers will remember Kelly Sue DeConnick as the writer who picked up the Carol Danvers baton and helped catapult the character to the top of the A-list with two volumes of CAPTAIN MARVEL. We sat down with Kelly Sue—who also penned AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, and CAPTAIN MARVEL & THE CAROL CORPS to talk about her earliest days reading comics, getting into the business, and the importance of honesty and kindness in life.

Marvel.com: Were you a comic fan as a kid? Who were the characters and creators who really spoke to you?

Kelly Sue DeConnick: Yes, I grew up on Air Force bases and comics were a huge part of base culture. I loved Wonder Woman, of course. And Vampirella, perhaps less obviously. I remember collecting all the [Detective Comics] issues with [the female villain] Nocturna—I guess my inner goth kid was finding her path.

The first creator I remember paying any attention to—the first time I looked to see who made a comic—it was Marv Wolfman and José Luis García-López on New Teen Titans. Those layouts. Man, oh man. I need to dig that stuff up. I remember an issue where the reflection in sunglasses was used as panel I think? I think the whole issue might have been flashback?

[Garcia-Lopez] did these incredible full-body shots of [the character Lilith] and she was beautiful and terrifying too. I really should see if I can figure out what that run was and re-buy it. Those are sort of what I think about when I think comics.

Marvel.com: What was it about the characters’ styles or personalities that you remember responding to?

Kelly Sue DeConnick: Wonder Woman—it’s not hard to find the appeal there, you know? Plus, it was the 70’s so I watched the Linda Carter show. And I was a nerdy kid, kind of obsessed with Greek mythology. And, I mean, Amazons. What’s not to love?

Marvel.com: Do you remember having a specific moment when you realized that comics were things that people made and that you wanted to do that too?

Kelly Sue DeConnick: I never decided to pursue comics. I know that sounds weird but it’s true. I’ve had so many interests and tried so many things in my life and I never really decided, “Oh this is the thing I want to do”—I just, sort of, followed where my interests were and then realized at some point I was no longer dabbling, I had a career.

Marvel.com: Among your other comic accomplishments you helped elevate Carol Danvers up to the A-list in a lot of peoples’ minds. What do you think it was about your take on the character that resonated so well with readers?

Kelly Sue DeConnick: Well, I was coming in on the heels of Carol’s character as she behaved in Civil War and even though I understood why she’d needed to play that role on the chess board of that story line, I didn’t think that character was somebody I could root for and throw in with for a solo title. She’d done some things that I felt were indefensible.

So I went back to some of her earlier stuff and tried to find her formative wound and build her character from there. I ended up going with the idea that Carol’s relationship with her father left her forever trying to prove that she was as good or better than her brothers. That she was worthy of backing, of believing in. Add that to the test pilot thing, and you get a little ego and a little swagger and someone who’s forever trying to push limits, to do more, to do better.

And I think that’s the thing the Carol Corps responds to: these are folk who fall down all the time, but who always wants to do more, to go farther. To fail better.

Marvel.com: From looking at how you and your fans interact on social media, it seems like you’re helping a lot of people get through hard parts of their lives. Was that something you ever imagined when you were working towards becoming a writer?

Kelly Sue DeConnick: I don’t know if that’s a thing I really do. I think that’s more credit than I deserve.

I think…I think I try to be honest and kind. Not sure you I should get a cookie for that, you know? I think that’s a reasonable standard for all of us to hold ourselves to.

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If you’re looking for some more of DeConnick’s work that lead up to her runs on CAPTAIN MARVEL and AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, Marvel Unlimited has a few fun reads to check out. In 2010 she penned a pair of one-shots, SIF and RESCUE, with art by Ryan Stegman and Andrea Mutti respectively, the latter focusing on Pepper Potts when she wore her own armor. She also joined forces with Emma Rios to chronicle the former head of H.A.M.M.E.R.’s post-Siege incarceration in the five issue OSBORN limited series.

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A celebration of motherhood in the Marvel Universe!

Being a mother takes both super strength and superpowers—two things that the female super heroes in the Marvel Universe know a thing or two about. So, what happens when some of Marvel’s most kickass lady heroes become mothers themselves? They fight, protect, sacrifice, get really good at multitasking, and prove just how powerful a mother’s love can really be.

Join us as we celebrate Women’s History Month—and all of the unstoppable mothers out there—by honoring some of Marvel’s most notable super-moms, ahead.

The Invisible Woman
It goes without saying that moms possess extraordinary multi-tasking capabilities, and Susan Storm—aka Invisible Woman—takes this real life super power to the next level. But, perhaps her most notable moment in motherhood came when her extremely powerful mutant son, Franklin, became too powerful and his father Reed Richards shut down his mind to try to control him. This proved the cherry on top for Sue—who had already begun to feel that Reed did not treat her as his equal—and she did what any strong, independent woman would do: she left Reed, quit the Fantastic Four, and took Franklin with her. Don’t mess with mama!

Jessica Jones
If Susan Storm represents the ultimate multitasker, then Jessica Jones comes in as a close runner up. Between maintaining a strong, loving relationship with Luke Cage, answering calls to the Avengers, and keeping a career in journalism, Jessica somehow manages to always put the well-being of her daughter, Danielle, first. While there have been some mishaps along the way—like the time Danielle was kidnapped by an Edwin Jarvis-disguised Skrull during Secret Invasion—Jessica continues to make sacrifices in order to keep her family safe.

Spider-Woman
Pregnancy, labor, and even an emergency C-section didn’t stop Jessica Drew—aka Spider-Woman—from fighting—and ultimately defeating—the Skrulls who had plans to wreak havoc in the Marvel Universe. Between teaming up with her fellow mothers to defeat the aliens in the Alpha Flight maternity ward/black hole fiasco, continuing to fight well into delivery, and ultimately defeating the last wave moments after she underwent an emergency C-section, Jessica Drew is a true testament to female strength.

Crystal
When Crystal Amaquelin and Pietro “Quicksilver” Maximoff welcomed their baby girl, Luna, into the Marvel Universe, she showed no signs of Inhuman or mutant characteristics. That didn’t stop Quicksilver from wanting to exercise his paternal right to expose his daughter to the Terrigen Mist. But, like many mothers, Crystal wanted a different life for her daughter and ultimately convinced her ill-tempered husband to let their baby grow up normal—well, as normal as one can with powerful parents like Luna’s.

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Learn all about the writer who created Longshot and Typhoid Mary!

This March, we celebrate Women’s History Month by spotlighting some of the most iconic characters and creators from the Marvel Universe.

Ann Nocenti easily earned a spot in the comic history books by taking over DAREDEVIL after Frank Miller’s epic run and taking the book even further than her predecessor while also exploring many socially conscious themes. However, her career at Marvel started earlier in the decade after she graduated from college. Nocenti worked as both an editor and a writer at the House of Ideas, making her debut on 1982’s BIZARRE ADVENTURES #32.

From there, Nocenti started editing NEW MUTANTS and UNCANNY X-MEN while also writing books like SPIDER-WOMAN—she’s even dressed as Tigra on the cover of issue #50—and limited series like FIRESTAR and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST starring Dazzler and Beast.

In 1985, Nocenti teamed up with Art Adams to create the six issue LONGSHOT limited series which not only introduced the luck-altering main character, but also ratings-obsessed villain Mojo and his sword-wielding assistant Spiral. All three have become major players in the Marvel Universe since then.

Longshot (1985) #1

Longshot (1985) #1

  • Published: September 10, 1985
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 25, 2008
  • Writer: Ann Nocenti
  • Penciler: Art Adams
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As mentioned above, Nocenti took the reins of DAREDEVIL after Frank Miller left with issue #233. Nocenti debuted with #236, and, starting with #238, became the regular scribe on a run that lasted over four years, ending on #282 with only a few fill-ins along the way. During that time, she introduced off-kilter villain Typhoid Mary and also dealt with issues like sexism, racism, and the potential problems presented by nuclear power and weapons. Starting with issue #250, John Romita, Jr. became the artist on the title; Nocenti’s dark, gritty scripts offered him the perfect opportunity to showcase his hard-edged style.

In the 90’s, Nocenti first moved on to work at other comic companies, but then settled more into the world of publishing, editing magazines like “High Times” and writing for a variety of other publications. Whether working in comics or elsewhere, Nocenti’s always been fearless about presenting different ideas and themes that she felt needed to reach the most eyes as possible, influencing a generation of readers in the process.

Daredevil (1964) #238

Daredevil (1964) #238

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The Women of Marvel

Nocenti alongside artist Romita, Jr. introduced the world to Typhoid Mary in the pages of DAREDEVIL #254. Mary made her presence felt immediately by taking on fellow criminals in an attempt to gain a foothold in New York City’s underworld. Though unstable, Typhoid proved a strong leader, with her first henchman even noting, “You treat me like you’re the man and I’m some girl.” The issue also delved into her origins, noting that she had two personalities going back to infancy. Mary remained quiet and timid while Typhoid proved brazen and rash, and exhibited telekinetic abilities. Kingpin found all of this out and offered her a million dollars to make Matt Murdock fall in love with her and then destroy him. For even more Nocenti-penned Typhoid Mary goodness outside of DAREDEVIL, check out MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #109-116 and #150 and #151.

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