Women In Comics Statistics: Marvel, July 20, 2011

With the DC relaunch coming up, there’s been a lot of talk lately about how DC needs more female creators, and Marvel has been flying under the radar.  So far this year, Marvel has typically hired more female writers and artists than DC, but their overall totals have been lower.  And now this week, they’ve set a new record for the worst week of the year.  On July 20, 2011, Marvel put out 20 new books with 186 credited creators, 176 men and 10 women.  Let’s look at this tiny slice of pie:

Marvel had the old record for lowest total at 6.1%, but this 5.4% beats that handily.  DC’s been taking a beating across the internets, and rightly so, but Marvel has less than HALF of DC’s total this week.  That’s just awful.  And frustrating, because Marvel can do way better than this… in their rolodex of creators, they’ve got TONS of ladies.  I’ve seen them sporadically all year on their books!!  I sincerely hope that this was just a weird week, and that Marvel rebounds next week.  Here are the numbers by category:

And in chart form:

Only one category in double digits is pretty terrible.  Assistant editors had some decent representation as always, but they’re noticeably lower than usual.  The only decent thing was the 6.5% for pencillers… that’s above average, and Marvel did beat DC this week for pencillers and inkers.  But 1 cover artist?  1 editor?  2 colourists?  No writers at all?  These are TINY numbers.  Marvel can do so much better… this is just weak.

Notes:

  • Mark Waid’s new Daredevil started this week… that’s one positive at least.  I haven’t read it yet, but I am excited about it.  The art I’ve seen so far looks fantastic.
  • The busiest book this week was Fear Itself: The Home Front #4 with 17 creators, 2 of them women.
  • Alongside Fear Itself: The Home Front #4 was Hulk #37, both of which had 2 female creators.  But the big, green fellow had the better percentage of female creators at 2 of 7.
  • To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.

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