Women In Comics Statistics: DC, August 17, 2011

It was a bit of a step down this week for DC, but nothing too drastic.  If this is as bad as it gets for August, then they should have a pretty decent month (I have no idea if this is how bad it gets, by the way… I haven’t started next week’s numbers yet).  On August 17, 2011, DC put out 22 new comic books featuring 182 credited creators, 165 men and 17 women.  Here are the totals:

Now, 9.3% isn’t good by any means, but in terms of DC’s usual mid-month skids it’s not so bad.  They’ve definitely had far worse.  Three weeks into August, DC is on pace for an overall total firmly within their average range, which may not bode so well for them in terms of DCnU comparisons.  I’m starting to get concerned that by saying I think that the DC numbers are going to be lower for September so often, I’m going to jinx myself and they’ll be good and I’ll end up looking silly.  But if that happens, that’ll mean more female creators… I suppose I can deal with looking silly for that.  Let’s get into the category fun:

And the chart fun too:

Man, I hate zeroes, and DC’s had a lot of them lately.  Cover artists had a decent month, writers were meh (the number, not the quality), and even colourists were below average.  Editorial’s lower too, editors especially.  But it’s the zeroes for pencillers and inkers that irk me the most.  There are a lot of good ones out there… I’ve seen DC hire them sporadically throughout the course of this year.  Marvel’s got a bunch as well that DC might want to try to poach.  But not so much, and it looks like it’ll be a while until we see some in the regular DC line.

Notes:

  • Supergirl #67 was released this week, ending Kelly Sue DeConnick’s three-issue run on the title.  I really enjoyed her issues… it was a fun story, and her depictions of Supergirl and Lois Lane were the best I’ve seen for either character in a long while.  I hope she gets another DC book soon!!
  • Two titles tied for busiest book of the week: Batman #713 and Green Lantern Corps #63 both had 13 creators, 2 and 1 ladies respectively.
  • Several books had two female creators, but the book with the best percentage was DC Retroactive: The Flash – The 90s at 2 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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One Response to “Women In Comics Statistics: DC, August 17, 2011”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for these lists! I always take a look at the masthead of any comic I buy (especially new series) and, since I usually choose two or three issues out of half a dozen I want, the ones with the most women always win. I vote with my dollars.

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