Women In Comics Statistics: DC Comics, February 2011 In Review

Now that we have a baseline from last month, these monthly reviews should make for some interesting comparisons!!  In February, DC Comics put out 77 new comic books, seven more than they did in January.  These books featured a total of 684 creators, of which 609 were men and 75 were women.  Here is the overall percentage by gender:

It’s a slight drop for DC this month, but it’s the slightest drop we measure.  Frankly, given the last couple weeks of DC stats I’m surprised this number isn’t lower.  The first two weeks of February really bolstered the overall total.  An 11% shows a consistency from DC that is interesting… although it’s not a lot, at least we know that the 11.1% last month wasn’t a high aberration.  For both companies, the monthly totals so far give us a nice average to compare to when we go through the weekly stats.  Here are February’s totals broken down into a chart:

And we’ll go through each category one by one:

Covers – 9 of 158, 5.7% (-1.1%): The same number of women worked on covers as they did last month, but there were more covers in February so the percentage went down.  While the number of covers increased, it seems that the hiring of female artists to do them did not.  Essentially, there were more cover gigs this month and not a one of them went to a woman.

Writers – 3 of 103, 2.9% (+0.7%): We get a nice little percentage bump thanks to Colleen Coover’s story in the Superman 80 Page Giant.  The other two credits go to, you guessed it, Gail Simone.  I’m glad she had some company this month, and I hope she has even more in March!!

Pencillers – 1 of 99, 1% (-2.4%): This is a fairly big drop.  Last month, DC had three female pencillers, and falling all the way down to one is a bad scene.  It becomes worse when you factor in that, again, there were MORE books in February.  Less women on more books is not a good situation, especially on a job as big as pencilling.  Anyway, good job Inaki Miranda!!

Inkers – 3 of 117, 2.6% (-0.6%): It’s the same number as January, but with a lower percentage due to more gigs.  Are there really that few female artists in your rolodex, DC?

Colors – 15 of 96, 15.6% (+1.7%): It was a good month for colourists at least, with four more jobs and a solid percentage jump.  On the creative side of things, colourists are one of the few positions at both Marvel and DC where women get somewhat regular work.  I know that 15.6% isn’t so big compared to the 84.4% men get, but it’s the only creative gig that is consistently above 10%.

Letters – 5 of 83, 6% (+1.9%): A nice bump for letterers too!!  And an astronomical rate compared to Marvel, which just doesn’t hire female letterers for some reason.  So hooray for the lettering ladies of DC!!

Editors – 21 of 102, 20.6% (-1.9%): A drop here is a bummer, but it’s really not that bad.  For example, where as pencillers went from three gigs to one, editors actually went up from 20 to 21.  There were just more editors overall in February.  I think that consistent plus-20% numbers in lead editorial positions is really quite good.

Assistant Editors – 22 of 60, 36.7% (-3.3%): This is another percentage drop with high actual numbers… female assistant editors jumped from 18 to 22, but still slipped a bit percentagewise.  Lower is always uncool, but much like with editors I find the consistent high numbers to be a very positive thing.

To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.

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