Women In Comics Statistics: Marvel, April 2012 Week By Week

Carrying on our computer crash delayed stats fun, we now turn to Marvel.  They’ve been killing it lately, putting up really solid numbers since the fall.  I feel like it’s about time we embrace this as the new status quo for Marvel and stop treating them nicely because things aren’t as bad as they were.  They’ve set a high bar, so now we’ll hold them to it.  And this is a good month to start, because their numbers in April 2012 were pretty weird:

Marvel’s overall stats were rather good.  Posting 3 high weeks and 1 low has been their habit lately, and this month the highs were quite nice and the low was barely in the single digits.  It’s not quite as impressive as last month when they almost hit 16% one week, but it’s still good.  However, look at the category breakdown in our megachart:

There are so, so many zeroes.  Zeroes make me sad.  Last month, Marvel’s zero counter was at 8, which is decent but not fantastic.  This month, there were 12 zeroes, an increase of 50%.  This is not what I like to see, Marvel.  I mean, 4 zeroes are already a given because you NEVER hire female letterers, so why stick in a bunch more?  Not cool.

Now, cover artists actually did really well.  There were no zeroes, first off, and the numbers were great.  A low of 5.4% is fantastic… every week had at least 2 women on covers, with a high of 6.  These are SUPER solid numbers.

But it’s downhill from there.  Writers are usually a bastion of female creators for Marvel, but in April they had 2 weeks with no female writers at all, and only one week that can really be called good.  That 12.5% is lovely, but only one other female writer all month is terrible for a category that’s been so strong for Marvel.

And don’t even get me started on the pencillers and inkers.  In the ENTIRE month of April, across 71 books, there was only ONE female penciller and ONE female inker.  And the penciller didn’t even get to do the entire book… she was part of a team of 4 on the Toy Story book.  So that’s pretty much next to nothing in the art department.

Colorists weren’t too bad, I suppose.  There were 2 great weeks, a low week, and an average week.  It should add up to a decent monthly total.  There were, of course, no female letterers, and haven’t been since January 26, 2011, so now we turn to our new feature, the Marvel letterer counter:



That’s quite a long time.

Editors did okay in April, with only one week in the teens and the rest above average to varying degrees.  That’s a pretty solid showing.  Assistant editors had no weeks in the teens, and hovered in the 20% to 30% range, so the monthly total will be somewhere around there, which is about usual.

Overall, Marvel’s totals weren’t too bad but there were a lot of zeroes and some poor numbers in categories that are usually a lot better.  Marvel’s capable of a lot more than what we saw in April, so these numbers are a bit disappointing.  However, it’s only one month.  Hopefully they’ll pick it up in May.


  • The busiest book of the month was Wolverine #304 with 22 creators, 3 of them women.  They really need to get a handle on that book… it’s always got multiple artists, and it doesn’t look like it’s a stylistic choice either.  It seems much more like a deadline crunch.  22 creators on a 20 page comic is nuts.
  • The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Toy Story #2 at a whopping 7 of 13!!  Over in the Marvel line proper, the best book was Astonishing X-Men #49 at 3 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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