It was a really busy week for DC, with the DC Retroactive books and Flashpoint minis adding several titles to the usual roster of DC books. On July 20, 2011, DC released a whopping 25 new books featuring 208 credited creators, 183 men and 25 women. Here are the total percentages:
After a few erratic months, DC seems to have settled back down into the consistency it had earlier in the year. July has been a pretty solid month for them, and this 12% keeps them right on track for a good monthly total (barring a total collapse next week, which is always a possibility). If these numbers keep up for August as well, the old DC might be bowing out on a good string of months, only to relaunch in September with what I anticipate will be lower than usual totals. But this week is decent anyway. Let’s look at the numbers by category:
And chart them up:
No pencillers or inkers sucks, as does only one writer (though she’s a really good writer… Kelly Sue DeConnick on Supergirl #66), and editors were pretty low. Colourists were down a smidge too… usually DC gets a better number than that. On the other hand, cover artists were up in the double digits for the second week in a row, up 2.6% from last week, assistant editors (always picking up the slack) were up in the 40s, and there was a lady letterer!! So it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Overall it was a decent week, but the lack of female creators in the categories that get you in the solicits is never nice to see.
- While we do have a female letterer this week, Saida Temofonte on Deus Ex #6, her mini-series is now over. For the past few months, Saida Temofonte has been the ONLY female letterer at DC OR Marvel, and hopefully we will see her on another project (or several) soon!!
- The busiest book of the week was Batman: Gates of Gotham #3 with 12 creators, 2 of them ladies (Janelle Asselin and Katie Kubert, editing up a storm on the Bat-books as always).
- There were 10 books with 2 female creators each, so I’m not going to list them all, but the books with the highest percentage of female creators were Cinderella: Fables are Forever #6 and DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 70s at 2 of 7.
- A note on the DC Retroactive books: I only counted the new material, not the reprinted stories. That’s been my policy on reprint books since the project began… only new material gets counted.
- To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.