The monthly numbers for February 2013 are up over at Bleeding Cool, so let’s dig into the stats a bit more and see what interesting things were going on this month.
DC’s numbers improved from last month, but how did they do compared to their 2012 averages? Here are the numbers side by side:
Their overall average was higher than their 2012 total by 1.3%, which is decent. Cover artists, writers, and letterers were up a bit from 2012, with assistant editors also making a big jump. A lot of categories were firmly in the average range, and nothing was lower than the 2012 numbers by any sizeable amount. That’s a pretty good showing. Here are some other notes:
- Writers being 2.1% more than their 2012 average may not seem like a huge jump, but relative to that past percentage is an increase of nearly 64%. With such little numbers to begin with, seemingly small changes are relatively large.
- In fact, there was at least one female writer every week in February.
- The Young Romance: The New 52 Valentine’s Day Special #1 featured 4 female creators: Ann Nocenti wrote and Emanuela Lupacchino illustrated a Catwoman story, Shelly Bond edited two stories, and Eva de la Cruz coloured a story.
- Three new series started in February: Katana #1 at 2 of 7 (Ann Nocenti writing and Rachel Gluckstern editing), Justice League of America #1 at 2 of 7 (Sonia Oback coloring and Katie Kubert assistant editing), and Justice League of America’s Vibe #1 at 1 of 9 (Katie Kubert assistant editing again).
- The busiest book of the month was Young Romance: The New 52 Valentine’s Day Special #1 with 29 credited creators, 4 of them women.
- There was a tie for the highest percentage of female creators, Fairest #12 and Smallville Season 11 #10 both at 3 of 7.
Marvel was down overall in February, but they were in record territory last month so I suppose we can’t be too upset about the drop. We shouldn’t expect them to be near record totals every single month. Let’s look at their numbers compared to their 2012 totals:
Up 1.5% overall from last year is good, and there were some strong showings by category. Cover artists, inkers, and colourists were down slightly, but not by any huge amount. Writers and pencillers saw decent gains, while editorial blasted past their 2012 totals! They remain well ahead of last year’s numbers. Some other notes:
- The large editorial gap two months in a row is good, but also shows the limits of this format. Editorial started very low in 2012 and grew over the course of the year, and the average ended up not so great. Once we’re a bit further into 2013, I’m going to change up the average comparisons so they’re against more recent data. Or perhaps change it to a rolling six month average comparison. We’ll see.
- Again, no lady letterers. That makes it 819 DAYS since Marvel has had a female letterer.
- There were a bunch of new titles in February: Fearless Defenders #1 at 2 of 10 (Veronica Gandini colouring and Ellie Pyle assistant editing), Powers: Bureau #1 at 1 of 7 (Jennifer Grünwald editing), Secret Avengers #1 at 1 of 15 (Lauren Sankovitch editing), Uncanny X-Men #1 at 0 of 16, Alpha: Big Time #1 at 0 of 8, Nova #1 at 1 of 14 (Sana Amanat assistant editing), and Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1 at 1 of 9 (Sana Amanat assistant editing again).
- The busiest book of the month was Uncanny X-Men #1 with 16 credited creators. There are no ladies on this book or All New X-Men #1, both of Bendis’ new X-books, but Bendis is usually decent for female creators, as evidenced by two of his other titles above.
- The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Monsters, Inc: Humanween Party #1 at 5 of 8. Dark Tower: Sheemie’s Tale #2 was at 3 of 5, and the main line Marvel book with the best total was Astonishing X-Men #49 at 4 of 7.
- To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.