Girl Comics

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Girl Comics
Photographic cover of Girl Comics #1 (Oct. 1949)
Publication information
Publisher (1949)
Timely Comics
Girl Confessions
Atlas Comics
(2010)
Marvel Comics
Schedule (1949)
Bi-monthly
(2010)
Monthly
Format (1949)
Ongoing series
(2010)
Limited series
Genre (1949)
Romance comics
(2010)
Superhero comics
Publication date (1949)
October 1949 - August 1954
(2010)
May 2010 - present
Number of issues (1949)
35
(2010)
1 (of 3)
Editor(s) (1949)
Stan Lee
(2010)
Sana Amanat
Rachel Pinnelas
Lauren Sankovitch
Jeanine Schaefer

Girl Comics is the name of two comic-book series published by Marvel Comics and its forerunners, Timely Comics and Atlas Comics. The first, debuting in 1949, ran 35 issues, changing its title to Girl Confessions with issue #13 (March 1952). The second was a three-issue limited series published in 2010.

Publication history[edit]

First series (1949-1954)[edit]

The initial Marvel Comics publication entitled Girl Comics was an ongoing romance comics/girls'-adventure series edited by Stan Lee that ran 12 issues (Oct. 1949 - Jan. 1952), first by Marvel's 1940s predecessor, Timely Comics, and shortly afterward by the company's 1950s iteration, Atlas Comics. It was renamed Girl Confessions with issue #13 (March 1952) and ran a total 35 issues, through cover-date August 1954.

Artist contributors to this series included John Buscema and Al Hartley in issue #1,[1] Bob Brown[2] and Bill Everett in #3,[3] Russ Heath in #5,[2] Ann Brewster, Mike Esposito, and Dick Rockwell in #8,[1][2] and Bernard Krigstein in #12.[2] Contributors to multiple issues of Girl Confessions included Hartley, Jay Scott Pike, Morris Weiss, and Golden Age Batman artist Jerry Robinson.[4][5]

Girl Comics vol. 2, #1 (May 2010). Cover art by Amanda Conner.

Second series (2010)[edit]

The second Girl Comics was a three-issue limited series, based on the idea of featuring female talent in the comics industry during 2010. Sister titles during this period, under the Women of Marvel brand,[6] included the limited series and one-shots Heralds, Black Widow, Namora, Lady Deadpool, and Her-oes.[7] It ran three issues cover-dated May to September 2010.[8]

Jeanine Schaefer, one of the editors, said of the initiative's timing, "Because 2010 is the 30th anniversary of the first appearance of [the superhero character] She-Hulk, we got together to brainstorm some ideas for a celebration of women at Marvel Comics, much like we did for the 70th anniversary...."[9] She said the publisher felt the potentially controversial word "girl" in the title could be reclaimed: "It was one of the first titles we thought of (the actual first one, I think), because it pulled double-duty: Not only was it the name of an old Marvel romance title, it has a word in it that we could take back."[9]

The 2010 series contains contributions from Devin K. Grayson, Louise Simonson, Amanda Conner, Jill Thompson, Trina Robbins, and Molly Crabapple, among others.[7][10] The 52-page first issue included stories of the male characters Nightcrawler, the Punisher, and Spider-Man in addition to stories of the superheroines She-Hulk, Venus, and Jean Grey.[11] In addition, a two-page text article spotlighted Marvel Comics' Silver Age secretary and later independent comics publisher Flo Steinberg.[11]

Illustrator / cartoonist Stephanie Buscema, who penciled and inked the eight-page story featuring Venus, is a granddaughter of the major comics artist John Buscema,[12] whose work appeared in the first issue of the 1949 series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Girl Comics (Marvel, Atlas [Cornell Publishing Corp.] imprint, 1949 Series) at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ a b c d Girl Comics October 1949 to January 1952 at AtlasTales.com
  3. ^ Girl Comics #3 at AtlasTales.com
  4. ^ Girl Confessions at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Girl Confessions at AtlasTales.com
  6. ^ Women of Marvel (brand) at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ a b MacDonald, Heidi (December 15, 2009). "Exclusive: Marvel announces Girl Comics". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on April 30, 2010. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ Girl Comics (Marvel, 2010 series) at the Grand Comics Database
  9. ^ a b Richards, Dave (February 19, 2010). "Jeanine Schaefer on "Girl Comics"". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on June 16, 2011. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ Truitt, Brian (March 1, 2010). "'Girl Comics' shines spotlight on female creators". USA Today. Archived from the original on September 23, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Girl Comics (Marvel, 2010 Series) at the Grand Comics Database
  12. ^ The Art of Stephanie Buscema (official site). WebCite archive.

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