Women in Comics Statistics: DC and Marvel, September 2015 In Review


My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up last week over at Bleeding Cool, and the Big Two went in different directions in September after last month’s highs for female creators.

DC fell three percentage points to 13.1% female creators, a relatively solid total for DC when compared to their past few years but a big drop from August. Marvel ticked up slightly, rising 0.4% to 17.2% female creators overall, their highest total since I began keeping track of these numbers four years ago.

We also check in with four smaller publishers, three of which really put these Big Two totals into perspective. Avatar continued to do poorly, coming in at 0% for the third year in a row, but the rest of the publishers did quite well. Oni Press had 20% female creators, Titan had 22.5%, and Zenescope had 22%. Those are good numbers, and they completely blow DC and Marvel out of the water. The low 20% range is still very much a minority, of course, but when compared to the rest of the industry these three publishers are doing well in terms of representation.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for more stats fun, including the breakdowns by category and more context for each publisher!

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.

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