With the monthly numbers for DC and Marvel up over at Bleeding Cool, it’s time to check in with both publishers and dig a little deeper into the stats.
It was a fairly solid month for DC on the creative side of things, though their editorial numbers seem to be in a bit of a decline. Let’s compare this month’s stats with the six months previous:
Overall, things are pretty good. Up slightly from the average is nice to see, and it’s certainly better than last month when DC was down more than a percentage point overall. Cover artists and writers are doing fantastically compared to the past six months. Letterers are up as well, hitting double digits! Even inkers are up a smidge, though colorists are down noticeably, and both editorial categories are down from the average, assistant editors substantially so. All together, there seems to be some reconfiguring of the numbers going on, but the end result is some slight growth from their recent output.
Now some odds and ends:
- As always, by “letterers” I mean Saida Temofonte. She’s lettering over 10% of DC’s books now, which is crazy impressive.
- Also, 9.5% writers is pretty huge for DC. It was sort of a perfect storm this month, with the premiere of Gail Simone’s The Movement #1, a Catwoman annual, and a high number of ladies writing this month’s Arrow.
- There was at least one female cover artist and writer each week, and almost so for colorists who came in at 4 of 5.
- For new books, The Movement #1 was 3 of 9 (Amanda Conner on covers, Gail Simone writing, Kate Stewart assistant editing), The Green Team: Teen Trillionaires #1 was 1 of 10 (Amanda Conner on covers), Adventures of Superman #1 was 0 for 11, and The Wake #1 was 2 of 9 (Jordie Bellaire coloring the cover, Sara Miller assistant editing).
- The busiest book of the month was Green Lantern #20, Geoff Johns’ final issue on the series, with 22 credited creators, none of them women. The dearth of female creators on ANY of the Green Lantern titles over the past few years has been astounding, especially on this book considering how often the art was rushed and it would come in with 4 or 5 inkers and 2 or 3 colorists.
- The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Smallville Season 11 #13 at an impressive 4 of 6. The New 52 title with the highest percentage of female creators was The Movement #1 at 3 of 9.
Marvel was down in a lot of categories this month, and by a considerable margin in some. Marvel’s had a great run lately, but looking at their solicits for future months I’m starting to get a little bit worried about their long term prospects. Here are their May 2013 numbers compared to the past six months previous:
Being down 0.4% overall isn’t so bad, but nor is it great. Marvel peaked in the fall, and they’ve been drifting down slowly since. While cover artists are slightly better than usual and colorists had a great month, writers dropped to half of their recent average in a big fall. On top of that, there were no female pencillers and inkers in May, and editors slipped down while assistant editors took quite a tumble. Of the 8 categories, only 2 improved on the six month average this month, which isn’t great to see. Nor is 3 zeroes particularly fun.
To the odds and ends:
- At least the drops for writing and art can be partially explained. Instead of Avengers Assemble and Captain Marvel coming out this month, Kelly Sue DeConnick had a special issue, Avengers: The Enemy Within #1, to launch a crossover between the two book, while Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t out this month so we’ve got no Sara Pichelli.
- On the creative side, only colorists had at least one female creator every week. Everything else had at least one goose egg.
- Obviously, a lot of the goose eggs belonged to the letterers, making it 918 DAYS since Marvel has employed a female letterer.
- For new books, Iron Man: The Coming of Melter #1 was 1 of 6 (Sana Amanat editing), Avengers: The Enemy Within #1 was 4 of 8 (Kelly Sue DeConnick writing, Jordie Bellaire coloring, Sana Amanat and Lauren Sankovitch editing), and X-Men #1 was 4 of 18 (Laura Martin coloring, Jeanine Schaefer editing, Jennifer M. Smith assistant editing, and Rachel Dodson inking a variant cover).
- The busiest book of the month was, in fact, X-Men #1 with 18 credited creators, 4 of them women. There were so many creators because of the many variant covers; 12 different artists were involved in the various covers for the book.
- The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Astonishing X-Men #62 at 4 of 7.
- To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.