Women In Comics Statistics: Marvel, October 2012 Week By Week

Marvel broke some records in September, but they also had a LOT of holes in their chart.  In October, no records were broken BUT a lot of those holes were filled in.  So a little worse and a little better evens out to yet another good month for Marvel.  They need to screw off with all these variant covers though… looking them all up is driving me batty.  Let’s go to their overall stats:

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October didn’t start off so well for Marvel, with two weeks below 10%, but they quickly pulled out of that nosedive and spent the last few weeks posting much stronger numbers.  When your high is nearly 17%, you can afford a week or two below 10%.  It’ll all balance out.  Now to the super mega-chart:

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Marvel had 13 zeroes last month, which is just awful.  There’s only 32 spots in the whole chart!!  They were nearly half empty!!  But things have picked up a bit in October.  Adjusting for the five-week month, Marvel had only 8.8 zeroes in October, which is one of the better numbers they’ve posted.  It’s always good to see work getting spread around.

The numbers for female cover artists weren’t anything to write home about, unfortunately.  There were no zeroes, which is nice, but these numbers are a bit lower than what we’re used to seeing.  Not disastrously so, but noticeably so to be sure.  We’re down a couple percentage points across the board.  I blame the Marvel NOW! variants… there are almost no female creators at all working on them, and there are SO many.  With 4 or 5 covers for each new #1 issue, that adds up to a lot of dudes and brings down the percentages.

Writers did well, though.  Two zeroes is bothersome, but there were decent numbers for the other three weeks.  There were 3 female writing credits in September and there were 4 in October, so that’s a step up.  Literally the smallest step up possible, sure, but a step up nonetheless.

Artists are where things really improved.  Yes, four zeroes, boo.  But last month there were SIX zeroes in two less weeks… solid artistic representation in 6 of the 10 weeks is a big increase for Marvel.  They aren’t huge numbers, but they’re SEVERAL numbers and we’re used to much, much less than this.  Marvel had 1 female penciller and 1 female inker in September, and in October there were 4 of each.

Colourists did quite well, with only one week below 10% and a very impressive THREE weeks in the 20s!!  That’s a great showing.  As for letterers, well, there were none yet again.  Will there ever be another female letterer at Marvel?  Who knows.  Until then, let us turn to our vigil marking the days since their last appearance, January 26, 2011:

DAYS SINCE MARVEL COMICS HIRED A FEMALE LETTERER

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Editors had a strong month, with two weeks in the 20s, two in the 30s, and one in the 40s.  Those are some rock solid numbers.  Assistant editors were more over the map, and noticeably down from last month’s epic showing where they never dropped below 40%.  They did so thrice in October, all the way down to the 20s.

All together, it was a pretty average month for Marvel overall, but there were some encouraging signs.  Female artists got a lot more work, and most of the categories remained consistent or were marginally better than usual.  It was a good showing all around.

NOTES:

  • The busiest book of the month was Marvel NOW! Point One with 35 credited creators, 2 of them female.  The busiest regular book was A + X #1 with 16 credited creators, none of them women.
  • There was a tie for the book with the highest percentage of female creators.  Captain Marvel #5 and Captain Marvel #6 were both at a whopping 5 of 8!!
  • To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.
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