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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

What About the Female Superheroes? Conclusion

Listing Total From 1948-Mid 2006:

Mini-Series 38
Regular Series-16
Ongoing-2 (Ms. Marvel & She-Hulk)
Series Ending-1 (Spider-Girl)

Most Mini Series-Elektra with Six Different Mini Series

Longest Regular Series-
Spider-Girl (Set to end at Issue #100)

Shortest Regular Series-
Wild Thing (Wolverine's Daughter) with 5 issues

Highest Total Number of issues for a single character-
(With over 105 issues as of July 2006)

Total Number of Marvel Superhero Comics staring Female Characters in all:
(Includes current ongoing series from 2006)

In conclusion there are only 670 comics out of the +36,000 comics that has Marvel has printed over the years that star their female superhero characters.


  • At 7:57 AM, Blogger Matthew E said…

    What do you conclude from those numbers?

    670 seems low to me (by which I don't mean to dispute your count). Intuitively, I would have expected the number to be much higher.

  • At 9:32 AM, Blogger Penpen2nd said…

    Marvel has printed over 36,000 comics and only around 670 of those issues star their female characters. That is a very low percentage compared to how many titles they have where the male character is the main character.

    I can conclude from the list that female characters tend to last longer in team books (Like X-Men and Avengers) then on their own in solo books.

  • At 6:51 PM, Blogger NA_SK Sunkist said…

    Damn, man! That's pretty low. Well, 670 out of 36,000. I think you should write '36,000' on the front page because when I saw 670 I thought 'That's a lot.' Then I came into the comment section and saw 670 out of 36,000 and thought 'That's really crappy.'

    So Wolverine has a daughter in the Wild Thing series? ... That just seems odd.

    Hey, how many mini-series out of those 36,000 series has Wolverine had? Yeah, I know I can go look it up on my own but it's better to ask you.


  • At 4:31 AM, Blogger Penpen2nd said…

    I'll help clear up any confusion that you might have. Marvel has published two different series with the name Wild Thing.

    One of them was from Marvel Uk with Nikki and the other was set in some sort of alternative universe where Wolverine had a daughter.

    And Wolverine has had around 33 mini series so far. He must still sell well if they keep on making them. Hopefully, they'll cut down on it though now he has a 2nd ongoing series.

  • At 6:22 AM, Blogger Matthew E said…

    The real comparison isn't with the 36000, I think, but with whatever number of Marvel comics there have been starring a single superhero (or more than one).

    First, we take out of there all the stuff like Conan, which isn't a superhero comic. I am assuming that these don't belong because Red Sonja had a comic (didn't she?) but wasn't counted here.

    Then we take out all the team books. That cuts things way down. When I say 'team books', I'm including things like 'Cloak and Dagger', but we may want to leave 'Power Man and Iron Fist' on the list. Also take out stuff like 'What If', or possibly go issue-by-issue on it.

    And if we did that, I'm sure penpen2nd's original point would still stand: too low of a percentage. But instead of 670:36000 it'd be something like 670:20000.


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