I was pretty hard on Marvel with the May stats, and deservedly so. They had barely any female creators in the big categories that get your name on the cover, and the sheer number of zeroes was kind of staggering. Happily, things are better in June. Still not great, but better. Here are their overall stats:
These are pretty decent numbers. Only one week was below 10%, and just barely at that, and a couple of the other weeks were relatively high, which should balance things out nicely. Of course it’s more fun to kill it every single week, but a few good weeks making up for one below average week is a fairly solid set up. Onto the mega-chart:
In May, 40% of the slots in Marvel’s mega-chart were zeroes. They had an adjusted total of 12.8 due to the five-week month, but in June they were down to 9. That’s about 28%, which is a reasonable improvement. The number would be even better if they ever hired a female letterer, but let’s not get too crazy.
Cover artists are down slightly from May’s crazy high totals, but they’re decent nonetheless, with only one really low week. The other three weeks had three female cover artists each. It took DC the whole month just to get to three female cover artists, and Marvel did it in a week. Thrice.
It wasn’t a stellar month for writers, but it was the same overall number as May. Three female writers is still low for Marvel, though. They were much better about this a few months ago. Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel started in July, so maybe that will help things next month.
There was nowhere to go but up with artists, and they did just that. While the penciller totals aren’t huge, it’s definitely better than zeroes in every slot like in May. And inkers had a really solid month!! Only one zero, and two weeks with two female inkers is pretty huge, relatively speaking.
Plus colourists just KILLED it. These are fantastic numbers. In the high teens and twenties all four weeks is massive. It’s fun when a category puts up big numbers across the board. Of course, this was immediately tempered by a complete lack of female letterers. Again we solemnly turn to our female letterer vigil:
DAYS SINCE MARVEL COMICS HIRED A FEMALE LETTERER
Editorial was very consistent, ranging from the high twenties up to forty. This is good to see. Editorial really carried the load last month, and I’m glad that decent numbers elsewhere this month haven’t been couple with losses here. Though actually, assistant editors had a rough time of it!! I spoke too soon. That 11% is really low, and the other weeks were all within average range. There’s no great week to counter the bad one.
June was better for Marvel, but with some low spots. Things were fairly higher overall, and there were some nice gains and continuing strong numbers in the categories, but there were some losses too. All told, the good outweighed the bad and resulted in a net positive month for Marvel.
- The busiest book of the month was Astonishing X-Men #51 with 14 creators, 3 of them women.
- The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Dark Tower: Gunslinger – The Man in Black #1 at 3 of 7. The Dark Tower books are always pretty good for female creators.
- To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.