News started leaking yesterday about Marvel’s upcoming “All-New, All-Different” line-up that’s set to debut this October in the wake of Secret Wars. Marvel’s officially released information on several new titles and creative teams, but their preview book got out early and then was posted in full online. So now we’ve got a peek at the 45 new #1 issues that Marvel’s releasing this October, and I’ve run the numbers to see how feel female creators are represented. Here’s what I found:
- In terms of all of the credited creators, ie. each individual book’s credits added all together, there are 100 men and 9 women across these 45 books. That’s 8.3% female creators overall.
- For credited writers, there are 42 men and 5 women, or 10.6% female writers.
- Those writers are G. Willow Wilson (twice), Marguerite Bennett, Michele Fazekas, and Tara Butters.
- For credited artists, there are 44 men and 3 women, or 6.4% female artists.
- Those artists are Stephanie Hans, Stacey Lee, and Sara Pichelli.
- Covers are a little trickier because the preview book didn’t specify cover artists on several of the books, so when they went uncredited I assumed the interior artist did the cover. There were 43 men and 2 women, or 4.4% female cover artists.
- Those cover artists are Helen Chen and Sara Pichelli.
- Looking instead at different creators, ie. not just adding everything together but counting each creator listed only once, there are 81 different men and 8 different women working on these books. That’s 9% female writers.
- Only 6 of the 45 new titles feature a female creator in some capacity. That’s 13.3%.
- For characters, my count shows that there are 10 female-led titles, 19 male-led titles, and 16 mixed. The mixed titles appear to skew towards more men than women, as most team books tend to do.
These aren’t huge numbers. Having 8.3% female creators overall means that the men outnumber the women 10 to 1. That’s a MASSIVE margin. Furthermore, the female writers and artists percentage are about right where they’ve been for the past while in Marvel’s regular full stats (the overall percentage in my “Gendercrunching” columns is higher than what we’re seeing here, but that’s because that count includes colorists and editorial, which this count does not). So basically, “All-New, All-Different” looks to be more of the same from Marvel.
At the same time, this is a lot better than Marvel NOW! was. The initial wave of new Marvel NOW! books a few years back didn’t have any female creators in the #1s. A couple of books already written by women got rebranded but not relaunched. Later waves brought a relaunch of Captain Marvel with Kelly Sue DeConnick and a new Ms. Marvel with G. Willow Wilson, and the smaller Avengers NOW! line had three women in the mix, but that’s about it. While 8 different women across 45 new titles is rather paltry, it’s more than the handful of gals Marvel’s included in the past.
Also, I doubt this is the full list. Marvel’s been mentioning 60 new titles, and this is only 45. Plus we know that some other titles have been in the works, like a Gamora book by Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman. My guess is that there’ll be 45 new books in October, and then probably a bunch more in November or soon after.
Ultimately, these numbers are underwhelming. Given the plethora of amazing women making comics today, having only 8 different women in the mix is pretty weak, and 8.3% female creators overall is not a lot. Fingers crossed that we’ll get some more books with more women soon, because this first big wave isn’t great.