Marvel had a very good month overall, yet again, but to be honest with you the lack of female creators in prominent roles is starting to get on my nerves. While seeing solid numbers everywhere else is lots of fun, Marvel is fully capable of hiring more female writers and artists than they do. They’ve got tons in the rolodex, but a lot of them pop up only sporadically. Anyway, that’s a downer of an intro for what was a decent month. Let’s get to it:
Every week was in double digits, and they were in the 14s once and then in the 15s the next week. Those are rock solid numbers. However, and again I’m going to be a bit of a downer, editorial and colourists are carrying the VAST majority of the load here. Which they always do, and it’s great ladies are getting so much work there. There are just other categories too. To the mega chart!!
After a relatively decent 8.8 zeroes last month (adjusted due to the five weeks in October), in November Marvel had 10 zeroes. It’s more, but it’s about average for Marvel lately. When you never hire female letterers, there’s 4 zeroes right from the get go, and it’s downhill from there.
Cover artists had two low weeks and two fairly good weeks. Hitting 12.5% is pretty impressive, and there were no zeroes, so that’s not too shabby at all. Well done there.
There were two weeks without any female writers, but then Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kathryn Immonen, and Marjorie Liu all had books out the same week. There are 3 ladies writing 4 Marvel books regularly right now, which is decent. It’s lower than DC, though, and this month there was a lack of women doing anything else like a mini or a fill-in or some such.
Well, inkers did okay, in large part because Rachel Dodson had a couple of gigs. The rest, all the pencillers and the last week of inkers, were from one issue. New Avengers ended with a showcase of up and coming artists, which is super cool and it’s awesome three ladies were involved. However, apart from these three ladies getting a couple pages each in the same comic, there were no other Marvel comics penciled by a woman in November. Hopefully these up and coming artists show up elsewhere at Marvel soon, though. While the lack of ladies elsewhere is a bummer, let’s be positive on this one and see the numbers as an investment in the future.
Colorists had a generally average month, with lows that weren’t too low and a high that wasn’t too high. It was consistently solid. Again, there were no female letterers so we solemnly turn to our remembrance of the fateful day of January 26, 2011:
DAYS SINCE MARVEL COMICS HIRED A FEMALE LETTERER:
I’m very curious to see if we’ll ever hit a thousand.
Editorial was straight up great. Look at those numbers!! I mean, 26.3% was the LOWEST total for editors!! Assistant editors had two weeks in the 30s and two in the 40s. These are fantastic numbers across the board, every single week. Marvel’s got a lot of great female editors, and they’re working on a lot of great books too. Come to think of it, every Marvel book I’m getting right now has a female editor in some capacity.
So overall it was a good month, and I’m really glad to see editorial and colorists with such consistent numbers. I just don’t understand the lack of female creators elsewhere. They’re out there. Marvel’s hired them before. They just haven’t been around a lot lately, especially in the art department. Looking at Marvel’s solicits, this may change a bit, but on books outside of the main superhero titles. More on that next month perhaps. For now, November was good, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement.
- The busiest book of the month was Avengers #34 with 19 credited creators, 16 men and 3 women. Bendis had a jam issue with some of his past collaborators to finish off his run there.
- The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Captain Marvel #7 at 3 of 7, though there were several other books with 3 or more female creators as well.
- To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.