While DC is the picture of consistency, Marvel is always mixing it up, and March was no exception. This was an impressive month for them, with some very big numbers. Let’s jump right in:
So that 7.7% in the third week isn’t so great, but luckily the rest of the weeks are NUTS. Two weeks over 13% and then a whopping 15.8% is crazy good!! While that third week will be a drag on their overall total, this is nonetheless a really great span of female creators. And the mega-chart is looking pretty decent as well:
Let’s go to the zero counter first… in February, Marvel hit a new low with an adjusted zero counter (because it was a five-week month) of 9.6, but they’ve bounced back this month with 8 zeroes!! Not that 8 zeroes is fantastic, but 4 of them are a given because they never hire female letterers. We shouldn’t write off lettering and excuse Marvel’s perpetual lack of female letterers by any means, but apart from lettering Marvel has only 4 zeroes in the 28 remaining slots, which is really quite good. Lettering is a constant stain on Marvel’s record, but at the same time they do well elsewhere.
Cover artists did well in March, with one week in double digits, two other strong weeks, and a zero. That third week wasn’t very good for Marvel, despite their overall success this month.
Writers skipped the third week curse, though, with solid totals across the board!! There was at least one female writer every week in March, and most of the time there were several. It’s good to see such strong numbers for the writers.
The art categories had three zeroes, but there were also two weeks in double digits too, so there are some pros and cons. Pencillers had a fairly solid month, apart from that third week, with inkers not doing quite as well but still having some fair representation. While not great, it’s not too bad either, comparatively.
Colourists had a very consistent and very good month, sitting squarely in the mid-teens all four weeks. The third week curse knocked them down slightly, but only negligibly so. There were, as always, no letterers. We need to start a counter for how long it’s been since Marvel’s had a female letterer, like they did way back with the Iranian hostages. Let me tabulate… Marvel last had a female letterer on X-Men Forever 2 #16 way back on January 26, 2011 (Lois Buhalis holds the honour), so that’s 476 days without a female letterer.
Editors did very well, with several solid weeks preceded by a really great week that almost hit 40%. Those are some of the best numbers we’ve seen from Marvel editors in a while. Assistant editors weren’t so hot though… two weeks in the low teens isn’t great, and while they ended the month on a high note, overall their total is going to be pretty low for March. In an otherwise strong month, assistant editors didn’t have the best go of it.
Altogether, March was great for Marvel. Their monthly totals should be pretty stellar, and a lot of categories had some consistently good numbers each week. This may be the best month Marvel’s had since we started keeping track of the stats.
- It was a tie for busiest book of the month, with Fear Itself: Fearless #10 and #11 taking the top spot yet again with 14 credited creators each, no women on either.
- There was a tie for highest percentage of female creators as well, with Journey Into Mystery #635 and Northanger Abbey #5 both at 3 of 7. This was Northanger Abbey’s final issue, so maybe JIM will take the top spot alone next month, or they’ll be a new challenger for the crown.
- To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.