The monthly numbers for DC and Marvel (and a significant portion of the rest of the industry this month) are up over at Bleeding Cool, so let’s check in with the Big Two and dig a little deeper into the stats.
There was some good and some bad for DC when compared to the six months previous, so let’s take a look at what we’ve got:
Overall, DC did worse in June than their past average, however slightly, so that’s a bit of a bummer. Cover artists continued what has been a strong run as of late, while colorists topped their recent totals by a nice amount. The art numbers remain abysmal, however, and female writers are below average, though letterers (ie. Saida Temofonte) had another very strong month. In editorial, full editors did slightly better than their past average, but assistant editors crashed hard. All together, art remains a serious problem but, compared to past performances, some strong growth and strong decline is keeping things about leveled out overall.
Now the odds and ends:
- Female cover artists are on quite a tear as of late, though the growth seems to be more from the colourists than the artists. We count both together for the cover art category, and while we’ve got a few ladies drawing the covers, the vast majority of female credits in this category are for the colouring side of things.
- It was yet another month with at least one female writer each week.
- Not so much for pencillers and inkers, with only Joelle Jones penciling and inking a story in Adventures of Superman #2. Though if you’re only going to hire one female artist, Joelle Jones is an excellent choice. I’d love to see her at DC more often.
- For new books, Astro City #1 was 2 of 8 (Kristy Quinn editing, Jessica Chen assistant editing), Superman Unchained #1 had no female creators at all, American Vampire: The Long Road to Hell #1 was 1 of 7 (Sara Miller assistant editing), 100 Bullets: Brother Lono #1 was 2 of 7 (Trish Mulvihill colouring, Sara Miller assistant editing), Larfleeze #1 was 0 for 9, and Batman/Superman #1 was 1 for 10 (June Chung on covers and colouring).
- June was the month where all four Green Lanterns got new creative teams and Larfleeze launched as a new ongoing. There wasn’t a single female creator on any of those books.
- The busiest books of the month were Arrow #8 and Justice League of America #5, both with 15 credited creators, both with 2 female creators each.
- The book with the highest percentage of female creators was a kid’s book extravaganza with a tie between Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #24 and Li’l Gotham #3, both at 2 of 4.
Marvel certainly hasn’t been bad for the past few months, but it’s been a little while since they’ve hit 14% overall and now they’re back. Let’s go through the numbers:
Up half a percent overall from the six month average is really good to see, especially since that six month average is strong to begin with. There were a lot of little ups and downs for June, with cover artists, pencillers, inkers, colourists, and assistant editors all doing slightly better than their recent average while writers and editors were down somewhat. None of it was particularly considerable, and 5 gains against 2 losses makes for a very solid month all together.
To the odds and ends:
- There was at least one female writer each week at Marvel this month, though from the looks of the solicits it seems that that may not be the case soon.
- The second week of June was just ridiculous for ladies at Marvel, with 22.6% female creators overall, including totals of more than 50% for female editors AND assistant editors.
- Alas, there were no female letterers yet again, now making it 946 DAYS since Marvel has hired a female letterer.
- For new titles, Daredevil: Dark Nights #1 had no women, Kick-Ass 3 #1 was 1 of 13 (Jennifer Lee editing), and Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Prelude #1 was 1 of 10 (Emily Shaw assistant editing).
- The busiest book of the month was Age of Ultron #10 with 20 credited creators, 1 of them a woman.
- The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Astonishing X-Men #63 at 4 of 7, though Avengers Assemble #16 and Captain Marvel #13 were both an impressive 5 of 11.
- To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.