Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, May 2014 In Review


The May 2014 “Gendercrunching” column is up over at Bleeding Cool, and DC took the top spot for the sixth straight month, just barely edging out Marvel for the higher percentage of female creators.

DC fell to 11.8% female creators overall, and after a solid gain from April, Marvel rose to 11.7% female creators. Given recent trends, DC’s streak might get broken with the June report.

We also look at four smaller publishers: Archie, Avatar, Zenescope, and Valiant. Of the four, Zenescope is the only publisher with a decent female presence, and their representation is very uneven. The rest have very few women at all, including one publisher without a single female creator at any level of comic production.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the “Gendercrunching” fun, and check out their Comic-Con news coverage while you’re there!

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

One thought on “Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, May 2014 In Review

  1. One of the possible conclusions one can draw from this is that moving the comic book industry towards greater gender equality and appeal to a female readership is not merely a matter of hiring more women to work on books. After all, Zenescope appears to have the highest percentage of female creators at a comic book company. But, as Bleeding Cool astutely observes “Zenescope’s books are generally god awful when it comes to their presentation of female characters.” In other words, I think there really is little point in diversifying your staff if the product you produce is still aimed at the narrow target audience of men who enjoy kinky, fetishistic T&A books.

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