Women In Comics Statistics: The DCnU, September 28, 2011

The first month of the new DC universe finished surprisingly strong for female creators.  It looks like September might not be too terrible overall, which is nice!!  On September 28, 2011, DC released 13 brand new titles with 88 credited creators, 78 men and 10 women.  Here are the percentages:

Although 11.4% is a bit down from last week, it’s still way above the year’s average of 9.4%, and is a great step up from the seven percent range we had the first two weeks.  The DCnU didn’t start off well, but it definitely picked up steam.  The categories are somewhat improved too:

As is, of course, the chart:

There’s still a lot of zeroes, but it’s the least amount of zeroes we’ve had all month.  Colourists had a decent number, while writers and cover artists had a smidge of representation.  Editorial is down from last week, but is again better than the first two weeks.  It seems we’ve traded off some editorial numbers for creative numbers… can we never have both?  As much as the three zeroes are tempering my enthusiasm, overall it was a comparatively decent week for the DCnU.  Check back tomorrow for a link to my Bleeding Cool article that looks at the entire month altogether!!


  • Aquaman #1 makes DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns 0 for 29 on female creators for his three books.  I love his comics, but the dude’s not exactly setting an example here.
  • The books didn’t have a ton of creators this week… the busiest books were Firestorm #1 (I know it has a longer title, but I don’t feel like looking it up) and Green Lantern: New Guardians #1 with 8 creators each, 2 and 1 female creators respectively.
  • Teen Titans #1 also had 2 female creators, and bested Firestorm #1 for top percentage at 2 of 7.
  • 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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