Ok, so every time I read the episode title for episode two of American Horror Story: Freak Show I always read it as “Massacres and Manatees” instead of “Massacres and Matinees” and would think “alright, that’s bizarre, they’re really pushing the whole Florida thing…” to only realise it was Matinees.
In 1903, during several nights in October, many prominent and respectable men in the community of Van Meter, Iowa, put their reputations on the line by claiming to see a strange creature in the sky. This creature was reportedly half-human and half-animal with gigantic bat-like wings. It also had a horn atop its head, could shoot a beam of light from its head and had a terrible smell that followed it. One witness even said that when on the ground, the beast hopped like a kangaroo. This creature was later called the Van Meter Visitor. Legend has it that the monster emerged from an old coal mine that is located just outside the town.
In 53 years of publication, Fantastic Four hasn’t featured a whole lot of women creators, despite having one of the most prominent superheroines, the Invisible Woman, at the heart of the team. Louise Simonson wrote the annual in 2000, and Ming Doyle drew a story in Fantastic Four #600. Marie Severin inked an annual. Several women have been colorists on the series, but a woman has never been a regular writer or artist on the book.
Perhaps that will change sometime in the next 47 years or so. There is certainly hope. The just-announced 100th Anniversary Special: Fantastic Four #1, a special issue set in 2061 boasts a creative team of highly accomplished women: writer Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages) and artist Joanna Estep (Fraggle Rock).
Marvel isn’t really playing up the all-woman creative team in its press release about the issue, but from what I can tell it’s the first time women have completely been in control of a Fantastic Four comic.