Martha Thomases: Comics Read Women?

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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3 Responses

  1. Mindy Newell says:

    Yes, I saw that spread on DRAWN & QUARTERLY in last week’s Sunday NY TIMES, Martha. Very cool!

    Not to be too cynica,I think that the success of transforming Alison Bechtel’s (gee, I hope I spelled her name right, I always seem to get it wrong) FUN HOME into a Broadway musical and its successive Tony nomination and win as Beset Musical, 2015 has had something to do with opening the eyes of the bankers behind the comics to a new source of income, don’t you?

    But anyway you play it, it’s GREAT!

    • mike weber says:


      (Sorry – couldn’t resist.)

    • Alexa says:

      I don’t think it’s cynical to identify market forces in diversity trends. I cannot tell you how many times I worked “80% of consumer spending is by women” into arguments about why the comics industry should court the female audience. Plus, after all the success of the Marvel movies that unequivocally appeal to men and women, someone was bound to realize money for comics was being left on the table.

      And after Julie Maroh’s Blue is the Warmest Color was adapted into a Cannes Palme d’Or laureate, and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis into an Oscar-nominated animated film? Maybe women are being courted for their good taste and prestige ;)