Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, January 2013 Odds And Ends

Hey gang, we’ve got a new format!  Running through the weekly totals for both companies was fun and all, but I don’t think it’s all that necessary.  Monthly seems like more than enough, and seeing as most books come out on a monthly schedule anyway that’s probably the best way to look at the numbers.  I find the weekly numbers interesting because I’m weird and super into charts and such, but monthly more than accomplishes a comprehensive look at women in comics statistics.  My monthly “Gendercrunching” column will continue at Bleeding Cool, but instead of accompanying it with two round-ups of weekly stats we’ll have this new column!


I thought it would be interesting to compare our monthly numbers to an average, to see how the month stacks up, and seeing as we’ve just finished 2012 we’ve got a nice annual average to work with. Thus this is our new chart set-up:


Overall, January was slightly above average for DC, which is good to see.  Writers, letterers, and assistant editors had particularly strong months, while pencillers, colorists, and editors saw some noticeable drops.  Other interesting notes:

  • Writers in January 2013 were actually more than double their 2012 average, which is huge!
  • Letterers more than doubled their 2012 average as well!
  • Whenever I say “letterers”, I mean Saida Temofonte.  She’s the only lady lettering comics at the Big Two right now.  If there’s ever another one, I’ll let you know.
  • Because Boxing Day was on a Wednesday, DC rolled their usual fourth week comics into the first week of January, taking advantage of January’s five weeks.  Thus there are a lot more books than usual.  Also, the rolled over December books accounted for DC’s second lowest week of the month.
  • There were three new books in January, Threshold #1 (1 of 8, with Kate Stewart assistant editing), the print version of the digital series Injustice: Gods Among Us #1 (1 of 10, with Sarah Litt assistant editing), and a non-New 52 book I know nothing about called Insurgent #1 (1 of 6, with Kristy Quinn assistant editing).
  • The busiest book of the month was Action Comics #16 with 16 credited creators, 1 of them a lady (the always excellent Jordie Bellaire colouring the backup story).
  • The book with the highest percentage of female creators were Fairest #11 and Smallville Season 11 #9 at 3 of 7, with Catwoman #16 at 3 of 8 as the best New 52 title.


Marvel had a great January, coming very close to their record setting overall total from December.  They’ve broken the record twice in the past five months, and been over 14% for three of those months.  It’s been quite an impressive run.  Let’s see how their January numbers stack up against last year’s averages:


The total is 2.1% more than their 2012 average, which is a solid improvement.  Only inkers and colourists were down, and by fairly small margins.  Cover artists, writers, and pencillers were all slightly better than average, while editors and assistant editors blew last year’s totals right out of the water.  It was a really impressive month for Marvel.  Other interesting notes:

  • Both editors and assistant editors were 10% better than their 2012 average, which is huge.  Marvel’s female representation at editorial has been growing like crazy.
  • Still no female letterers.  The last time a woman lettered a Marvel comic was January 26, 2011, so as of now it’s been 796 days.
  • Marvel had a ton of new books in January.  They were: Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Prelude #1 (1 of 7, with Sana Amanat editing), Morbius the Living Vampire #1 (1 of 9, with Sana Amanat editing again), New Avengers #1 (2 of 12, with Nei Ruffino colouring a variant cover and Lauren Sankovitch editing), Punisher: Nightmare #1 (1 of 8, with Lauren Sankovitch editing again).
  • And that was just the first week!!  Here are the rest: Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – Sheemie’s Tale #1 (3 of 5, with Robin Furth co-writing, Sana Amanat editing, and Ellie Pyle assistant editing), Superior Spider-Man #1 (1 of 12, with Ellie Pyle assistant editing again), Marvel’s Thor Adaptation #1 (1 of 5, with Sana Amanat editing), Savage Wolverine #1 (2 of 9, with Jeanine Schaefer editing and Jennifer M. Smith assistant editing), Deadpool Killustrated #1 (1 of 7, with Veronica Gandini colouring), Uncanny X-Force #1 (1 of 12, with Laura Martin colouring the cover), and Young Avengers #1 (1 of 10, with Lauren Sankovitch editing).
  • Whew.
  • Marvel NOW! is kind of exhausting.
  • You’ll notice that while women are getting lots of gigs, it’s a lot of the same ladies in a lot of the same jobs.  There were no female writers, pencillers, or inkers in those many new books.
  • The busiest book of the month was Avengers #3 with 14 credited creators, 1 of them a woman (another now-familiar name, Lauren Sankovitch, editing).
  • The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Monster’s Inc. #2 at 9 of 12 (the Italian team of artists who drew the book included a lot of ladies), with Captain Marvel #9 (3 of 6) and Astonishing X-Men #58 (4 of 8) tying for the top spot among Marvel’s superhero books.
  • To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.

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