Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, October 2013 Odds And Ends

“Gendercrunching” went up over at Bleeding Cool just before Christmas, and now that the holidays are over we can get back in the swing of things and dig a little deeper into the stats to see what was going on in October 2013.

DC COMICS

DC topped Marvel overall for the first time in 17 months, and that required an impressive showing. Almost every category topped their six month average, culminating in the best month DC’s had since this project began.  Here are the numbers:

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DC is up 2.4% over its recent average, which is a substantial gain.  Every category was up but letterers, who were only slightly down from their previous numbers.  Colorists and editors had the best month in terms of growth, but there were strong numbers across the board, and it was accomplished with some decent representation across a lot of titles.

To the odds and ends:

  • October was a five week month, and the only category to have at least one female creator every single week was cover artists.  Writers and colorists did well, though, with representation in every week but the last one and, to be fair, there were only 10 books in that last week.
  • Vertigo’s Witching Hour anthology one-shot was particularly strong for female creators, with 5 female writers, 4 female artists, and 3 female colorists.
  • For new titles, Hinterkind #1 was 2 of 8 (Cris Peter coloring, Sara Miller assistant editing), Coffin Hill #1 was 3 of 8 (Caitlin Kittredge writing, Eva de la Cruz coloring, and Shelly Bond editing), Forever Evil: Arkham War #1 was 2 of 12 (Rachel Gluckstern editing, Katie Kubert assistant editing), Superman/Wonder Woman #1 was 1 of 10 (Eva de la Cruz coloring a variant cover), Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #1 was 1 of 9 (Jordie Bellaire coloring the cover), Beware the Batman #1 was 2 of 6 (Kristy Quinn editing, Jessica Chen assistant editing), Damian: Son of Batman #1 was 1 of 8 (Katie Kubert assistant editing), and Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. #1 was 1 of 15 (Kate Stewart assistant editing).
  • Every single new book in October had at least one female creator, including all 3 Forever Evil tie-in mini-series.
  • The busiest book of the month was Witching Hour with 38 credited creators, 13 of them women.
  • The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Smallville Season 11 #18 at 5 of 7.

MARVEL COMICS

Marvel didn’t have a bad October, but they fell low enough that DC could best them.  By category, it was an up and down month compared to their six month average.  Let’s look at the numbers:

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Overall, Marvel was down 0.8% from their recent average, a noticeable but not massive drop.  Cover artists, pencillers, inkers, and colorists were all slightly better, particularly the colorists.  The drops, however, were large.  Writers were down by half, and both editorial categories fell substantially, especially assistant editors who dropped 13%.  The big losses outweighed the small gains, dragging Marvel down overall.

Now the odds and ends:

  • Cover artists and colorists had at least one female creator every week in October, with at least 2 every week for colorists.  Female writers, pencillers, and inkers all had representation in only 2 of the 5 weeks.
  • It says a lot about Marvel’s lack of female artists that 3 female pencillers and inkers in one month constitute a noticeable increase over their six month average.
  • From the date Marvel last had a female letterer, January 26, 2011, to the end of October, it’s been 1,009 DAYS since Marvel hired a female letterer.
  • For new books, Captain America: Living Legend #1 was 1 of 12 (Lauren Sankovtich editing), Cataclysm #0.1 was 1 of 9 (Emily Shaw assistant editing), and Thor: Crown of Fools #1 was 2 of 6 (Laura Villari coloring, Emily Shaw assistant editing).  There were a couple of other new titles without any female creators.
  • The busiest book of the month was the Marvel NOW What? one-shot with 28 credited creators, 6 of them women.
  • The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Astonishing X-Men #68 at 4 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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