Since “Gendercrunching” is up over at Bleeding Cool, it’s time to dig into the stats a little deeper and see what was going on behind the numbers in September 2013.
It was an unusual month for DC Comics, with one title featuring a slew of female artists, each drawing one page, that really upped the art numbers. Overall, DC was a bit above their six month average this month. Here are the numbers:
Being 0.3% up on their recent average isn’t monumental, but it’s a plus at least. Writers, letterers, and editors were down slightly, with a bigger decline for cover artists, but colorists and assistant editors had strong growth. And, of course, pencillers and inkers had an amazing month compared to the past six; most of this will be gone by next month, but it’s fun to have a big total, even if most of it is from a one-time outlier book. All together, the gains outweighed the losses for some small growth overall.
To the odds and ends:
- There was at least one female writer every week, and a female penciller and inker 3 of the 4 weeks in September.
- It was also Villains Month, so the regular titles were replaced by one-shots starring bad guys. This brought with it a slew of new creative teams, but the numbers didn’t change a whole lot apart from one issue having a ton of female artists. That was Justice League #23.3 – Dial E, with 10 different female artists and a couple of colorists as well.
- In terms of new books, Batman Black and White #1 was 3 of 18 (Maris Wicks writing, Eriza Schultz lettering, Camilla Zhang assistant editing), Forever Evil #1 was 1 of 11 (Sonia Oback colouring), and that was it. Unless you count the Villains Month books, in which case we’d be here all day!
- The busiest book of the month was the aforementioned Justice League #23.3 – Dial E with 26 credited creators, 11 of them women.
- The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Smallville Season 11 #17 at 5 of 7. Dial E had the best numbers among the mainline superhero books.
Marvel had a very solid September, with nearly every category slightly above their six month average. Let’s take a look:
A gain of 0.4% over their recent average is decent if not terribly exciting, but growth nearly across the board is very nice to see. There were small gains in every category but two, with cover artists posting the most growth relative to the past six months. Only assistant editors were down noticeably, by more than 5%, while inkers ticked down just a smidge. Lots of little gains trumped one big loss, and September turned out to be a solid month at Marvel.
Now some odds and ends:
- On the creative side of things, only cover artists and colorists had at least one female creator every week this month. In fact, there were at least three female artists working on covers every single week.
- There were no letterers in September, which means that it’s now been 978 DAYS from the date Marvel last had a female letterer to the end of September. It would be impressive if it wasn’t so bizarre and sad.
- For new titles, X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1, Infinity Hunt #1, and Infinity Heist #1 didn’t feature any female creators, but Mighty Avengers #1 was 2 of 15 (Lauren Sankovitch editing, Laura Martin colouring a variant cover).
- The busiest book of the month was Infinity #2 with 16 credited creators, 2 of them women.
- The book with the highest percentage of female creators was Astonishing X-Men #67 at 4 of 7, continuing its long reign, but the end is coming soon; the final issue shipped in October.
- To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.