With the release of Marvel’s new Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series (already the best book of 2015) we’ve had some people ask about Squirrel Girl and where she came from, so here’s a quick run through on some of the best back issues you can start hunting down to learn more about Marvel’s best character ever. Ever.
First appearing in the often forgotten Marvel Super-Heroes Winter Special that was released in 1992, SG’s debut was written by Will Murray and plotted and penciled by the legendary Steve Ditko. It’s a fairly quick story as Iron Man encounters an over-eager Squirrel Girl, tells her to buzz off, and then is quickly defeated by Dr Doom and kidnapped. SG comes to the rescue and defeats Dr. Doom with an army of squirrels, because as we all know squirrels are the gangsters of the animal kingdom and should never be messed with, ever.
IT HAPPENED. DEAL WITH IT.
On a quick side note, she was absolutely terrifying.
SG didn’t make another story appearance in an actual Marvel title for about a decade until Dan Slott had her join the Great Lakes Avengers in the GLA miniseries back in 2005. Acting as the framing device for each issue, SG and her squirrel sidekick Monkey Joe commented on the darker nature of modern comics as the entire series satirized popular events like DC’s Identity Crisis. This title only ran for four issues, but she returned in a couple specials like the GLX-Mas Special and the Deadpool/GLI: Summer Fun Spectacular. Most of these should be a bit easier to find, and there was a GLA trade paperback as well although that was out of print the last time I checked. You probably don’t have to pay much more than $3-4 a pop per GLA issue, maybe just a bit more for the Deadpool one simply because Deadpool back issues tend to always price up a bit more.
In 2011 Brian Michael Bendis introduced SG as the nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter in the New Avengers title and she made regular appearance throughout the next year or two. These are incredibly easy to find for normal cover price, and there aren’t too many as she just appeared in issues #9, 15-16, 19-21, 24, 31, 33, & 34. The highlight of these also included Bendis strongly hinting that SG and Wolverine had an intimate past and that at any given time she could pretty much take him down.
Jason Aaron would add to this with a quickie reference in Wolverine #8 (2011) as they explored Logan’s sub-conscious mind.
Since then Squirrel Girl has been popping up in various one-shots or anthology titles, all of them fairly easy to hunt down (check this link for a complete list). For the bulk of these you should never have to pay much more than cover price, and for stuff like the romance themed one-shot I (heart) Marvel: Masked Intentions you can still probably find those in cheap quarter bins at conventions.
-Chris Casos, Manager