Gender Disparity in Comics

The Roar Meter is a weekly story in numbers.

Like many industries, comics publishing is disproportionately male, as is the output. In other words, it’s male on the page and those pages are coming from male creators.

  • Percentage of characters in current comic books who are female: 27
  • Percentage of current comic book leads who are female: 12
  • Percentage of male superheroes with “Man” in their name: 31
    • with “Boy” in their name: 5
    • with “Mr.” in their name: 19
    • with “Prince” in their name: 2
  • Percentage of female superheroes with “Woman” in their name: 6
    • with “Girl” in their name: 13
    • with “Lady” in their name: 13
    • with “Princess” in their name: 5
  • Overall percentage of male characters with diminutive names, including “Boy:” 13
  • Overall percentage of female characters with diminutive names, including “Girl:” 29
  • Percentage of D.C. comics writers who are female: 13
  • Percentage of Marvel comics writers who are female: 11
  • Percentage of D.C. comics artists (pencils and pens) who are female: 10
  • Percentage of Marvel comics artists (pencils and pens) who are female: 7
  • Percentage of D.C. comics colorists who are female: 14
  • Percentage of Marvel comics colorists who are female: 20
  • Overall percentage of female creators at D.C., including editors: 15
  • Overall percentage of female creators at Marvel, including editors: 16
Notes

I’ve focused on the Big Two, Marvel and D.C., and a few key areas; the sources I used go into detail on smaller imprints as well, and their analysis is deeper and worth a read.

Sources

Annika Barranti Klein is a writer, knitter, women’s banked track roller derby referee, and radical homeschooling mother. Her work has appeared at The Toast, The Establishment, and on Book Riot. She is a cis, white, bi-furious intersectional feminist.

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