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10

Secrets of the 52 Breakdowns

Posted by on Thursday, May 10th, 2007 at 10:44:10 AM

I’ve been hiding this in my back pocket for a while, since I didn’t want to jinx DC putting up more of Keith Giffen’s breakdowns. One of the most hotly-debated topics in the creation of 52 was very simple: Who wrote what? The writers, and DC, have been very cagey about providing answers… but it turns out they were there all along.

So, I’ve been looking at Keith Giffen’s breakdowns on 52thecomic.com, and I noticed that different scenes have different font and numbering styles on the cues (like “13 BOOSTER:” as opposed to just “BOOSTER:” in a different font) in different scenes. So I took a look at it, and it seemed kind of obvious that the different writers use different cues.

Geoff Johns: Times New Roman, “1. CHARACTER”
Greg Rucka: Times New Roman, “1 CHARACTER”
Grant Morrison: Arial, “CHARACTER”
Mark Waid: Courier? (a typerwriteresque font), “1 CHARACTER”

This is what I came up with. The final tally:

Grant Morrison – 310 pages (29%)
Greg Rucka – 281 pages (25%)
Mark Waid – 244.5 pages (23%)
Geoff Johns – 244.5 pages (23%)

Detailed breakdown of writer roles after the jump.

52 #1
1-2 – Keith Giffen?
3-5 – Greg Rucka
6-9 – Grant Morrison
10 – Geoff Johns
11-13 – Greg Rucka
14-19 – Geoff Johns
20-22 – Greg Rucka

52 #2
1-3 – Mark Waid
4-8 – Grant Morrison
9-11 – Greg Rucka
12-14 – Mark Waid
15-17 – Greg Rucka
18-20 – Mark Waid

52 #3
1 – Greg Rucka
2-5 – Geoff Johns
6-7 – Greg Rucka
8-10 – Geoff Johns
11-14 – Mark Waid
15-17 – Greg Rucka
18-20 – Geoff Johns

52 #4
1 – Greg Rucka
2-3 – Grant Morrison
4-5 – Geoff Johns
6-7 – Greg Rucka
8-13 – Grant Morrison
14-18 – Greg Rucka
19-20 – Grant Morrison

52 #5
1-13 – Grant Morrison
14-15 – Greg Rucka
16-20 – Grant Morrison

52 #6
1-3 – Mark Waid
4-9 – Geoff Johns
10-11 – Grant Morrison
12-20 – Geoff Johns

52 #7
1-2 – Grant Morrison
3-4 – Greg Rucka
5-8 – Mark Waid
9-13 – Greg Rucka
14-18 – Mark Waid
19-20 – Grant Morrison

52 #8
1-2 – Greg Rucka
3-6 – Mark Waid
7-9 – Greg Rucka
10-12 – Mark Waid
13-15 – Greg Rucka
16-17 – Grant Morrison
18-20 – Greg Rucka

52 #9
1-11 – Greg Rucka
12-16 – Grant Morrison
17-20 – Greg Rucka

52 #10
1-4 – Geoff Johns
5-10 – Mark Waid
11-13 – Geoff Johns
14-18 – Mark Waid
19-20 – Grant Morrison

52 #11
1-2 – Mark Waid
3-17 – Greg Rucka
18-20 – Mark Waid

52 #12
1-3 – Greg Rucka
4-12 – Geoff Johns
13-15 – Mark Waid
16-20 – Geoff Johns

52 #13
1-8 – Mark Waid
9-11 – Geoff Johns
12-20 – Mark Waid

52 #14
1-6 – Greg Rucka
7-12 – Grant Morrison
13-19 – Greg Rucka
20 – Grant Morrison

52 #15
1-3 – Mark Waid
4-7 – Greg Rucka
8-20 – Mark Waid

52 #16
1-2 – Geoff Johns
3-4 – Greg Rucka
5-7 – Geoff Johns
8 – Greg Rucka
9-10 – Geoff Johns
11 – Greg Rucka
12 – Geoff Johns
13-15 – Geoff Johns & Greg Rucka
16 – Geoff Johns
17 – Greg Rucka
18 – Geoff Johns
19-20 – Grant Morrison

52 #17
1-4 – Greg Rucka
5-20 – Grant Morrison

52 #18
1-3 – Mark Waid
4-9 – Greg Rucka
10-20 – Mark Waid

52 #19
1-5 – Mark Waid
6-11 – Grant Morrison
12-20 – Mark Waid

52 #20
1-2 – Geoff Johns
3-6 – Greg Rucka
7-20 – Grant Morrison

52 #21
1-2 – Greg Rucka
3-4 – Mark Waid
5-10 – Greg Rucka
11-20 – Geoff Johns
21-22 – Grant Morrison

52 #22
1-4 – Mark Waid
5-6 – Grant Morrison
7 – Greg Rucka
8-11 – Grant Morrison
12-14 – Greg Rucka
15-20 – Grant Morrison

52 #23
1-5 – Grant Morrison
6-10 – Greg Rucka
11-20 – Geoff Johns

52 #24
1-7 – Mark Waid
8-9 – Geoff Johns
10-18 – Mark Waid
19-20 – Geoff Johns

52 #25
1-3 – Grant Morrison
4-8 – Geoff Johns
9-13 – Mark Waid
14-18 – Greg Rucka
19-20 – Grant Morrison

52 #26
1-7 – Greg Rucka
8-11 – Geoff Johns
12-13 – Greg Rucka
14-20 – Geoff Johns

52 #27
1-5 – Mark Waid
6-9 – Geoff Johns
10-15 – Greg Rucka
16-21 – Mark Waid

52 #28
1-2 – Greg Rucka
3-10 – Grant Morrison
11-14 – Greg Rucka
15-21 – Grant Morrison

52 #29
1-11 – Geoff Johns
12-19 – Grant Morrison
20 – Geoff Johns
21-22 – Greg Rucka

52 #30
1-5 – Grant Morrison
6 – Mark Waid
7 – Greg Rucka
8 – Mark Waid
9 – Greg Rucka
10-15 – Grant Morrison
16-20 – Greg Rucka

52 #31
1-7 – Grant Morrison
8-10 – Greg Rucka
11-15 – Mark Waid
16-20 – Grant Morrison

52 #32
1-4 – Grant Morrison
5-8 – Geoff Johns
9-21 – Grant Morrison

52 #33
1 – Mark Waid
2-4 – Greg Rucka
5-9 – Mark Waid
10-13 – Greg Rucka
14-15 – Grant Morrison
16-20 – Geoff Johns

52 #34
1-10 – Geoff Johns
11-14 – Greg Rucka
15-16 – Mark Waid
17-21 – Greg Rucka & Mark Waid

52 #35
1-9 – Mark Waid
10-11 – Greg Rucka
12-14 – Geoff Johns
15-18 – Greg Rucka
19-22 – Grant Morrison

52 #36
1-12 – Grant Morrison
13-16 – Greg Rucka
17 – Geoff Johns
18-20 – Mark Waid

52 #37
1-15 – Mark Waid
16-20 – Grant Morrison

52 #38
1-2 – Greg Rucka
3-7 – Grant Morrison
8-11 – Greg Rucka
12-13 – Geoff Johns
14-20 – Greg Rucka

52 #39
1-6 – Mark Waid
7-10 – Grant Morrison
11-12 – Mark Waid
13-20 – Greg Rucka

52 #40
1-12 – Greg Rucka
13-21 – Grant Morrison
22-23 – Mark Waid

52 #41
1-3 – Grant Morrison
4-7 – Greg Rucka
8-11 – Mark Waid
12-15 – Greg Rucka
16-20 – Grant Morrison

52 #42
1-20 – Mark Waid

52 #43
1-11 – Geoff Johns
12-16 – Grant Morrison
17-20 – Geoff Johns

52 #44
1-18 – Geoff Johns
19-22 – Greg Rucka

52 #45
1-6 – Greg Rucka
7-10 – Geoff Johns
11 – Greg Rucka
12-14 – Geoff Johns
15-16 – Grant Morrison
17-21 – Geoff Johns
22 – Grant Morrison

52 #46
1-14 – Grant Morrison
15-17 – Mark Waid
18-20 – Geoff Johns

52 #47
1-2 – Grant Morrison
3-5 – Greg Rucka
6-10 – Grant Morrison
11-15 – Greg Rucka
16-18 – Grant Morrison

52 #48
1-20 – Greg Rucka
21 – Grant Morrison

52 #49
1 – Geoff Johns
2-11 – Grant Morrison
12-13 – Geoff Johns
14-15 – Grant Morrison
16-20 – Geoff Johns

52 #50
1-4 – Geoff Johns
5-9 – Grant Morrison
10-22 – Geoff Johns
23-24 – Grant Morrison

52 #51
1-5: Geoff Johns
6-20: Grant Morrison

NOTE: 52 Week 51 had pages switched around. The Geoff Johns pages are the ones at the memorial, which got moved from the beginning to the middle of the book.

52 #52
1-13: Geoff Johns
14-22: Grant Morrison
23-33: Mark Waid
34: Geoff Johns
35-36: Mark Waid
37: Grant Morrison
38-40: Greg Rucka

TOTAL: 1080 pages

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