Women In Comics Statistics: The DCnU, September 14, 2011

It’s the second week of the full DCnU onslaught, and if any of you were hoping that more ladies would show up in the credits this week, I’m very sorry to disappoint you.  The numbers were actually remarkably similar to last week, so the DCnU seems to be consistent at least.  On September 14, 2011, DC released 13 brand new number ones featuring 109 credited creators, 101 men and 8 women.  Remember that the average for the year through August was 9.4%… here are the overall percentages:

So we’re down 0.3% from last week, which really isn’t much of a change at all.  We remain nearly a quarter below the year’s average as well.  The DCnU definitely has fewer female credits so far, but I’m cautiously optimistic about next week.  There are at least four books in the Bat-family due to come out, and the Bat-family means female editors.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we got 6 or 7 female credits just from the Bat-books alone.  Onto the categories:

And the chart:

Things are basically the same as last week.  We’ve got slight variations on the editorial totals, but nothing drastic, and the writing credit from last week has turned into a colorist credit from Tanya Horie co-colouring Superboy #1.  The raw numbers are even the same in editorial, with two full editors (Rachel Gluckstern and Bobbie Chase) and five assistants (Janelle Asselin, Katie Kubert twice, and Kate Stewart twice).  And, of course, a bunch of zeroes everywhere else.  The lack of distribution from last week remains.  Check back next week… the overall total might be better and hey, maybe we’ll get a female letterer or something.  You never know.


  • Take a second and guess which book had the most female creators… I’ll tell you the answer in a few lines.
  • I love Geoff Johns’ comics, but so far DC’s Chief Creative Officer is a combined 0 for 22 in terms of credited female creators.  Both Justice League #1 and Green Lantern #1 had nothing going on… in two weeks, we’ll see if Aquaman #1 nets a lady creator.
  • The busiest book of the week was, in fact, Green Lantern #1 with 12 creators, none of them women.
  • Okay, it’s time for the book with the most female creators.  Did you guess Grifter #1?  Because I sure didn’t.  It was 2 of 8, with Bobbie Chase editing and Katie Kubert assistant editing.
  • To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

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