Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Interlude: the Dreddcount part 1

Writers


Who has written the most episodes of Judge Dredd? Everyone knows the answer to that, it’s the character’s co-creator, John Wagner! 

For a character who has been in print every week for the last 38 years, and at least once a month for the last 25, not to mention the star of his own semi-regular annuals, mega-specials and a long-running newspaper strip, the real wonder is that not only has one writer been in control for so long, but so few others have had to step in to help out.

Art by Ian Gibson; words by Wagner & Grant

Here’s the breakdown of all the scribes who have written multiple Dredd stories for the house of Tharg. This covers the Progs, Megs, Annuals, Mega-Specials, Poster Progs and all that guff. I’m also listing, in brackets, episodes of the Daily Star and Metro Dredd stories (which is definitely the same Dredd, but a subtly different storytelling medium).

But I haven’t included: any Dredd novels and audio dramas – same Dredd, different medium. Nor indeed the ill-fated run of comics that were released to tie in with the 1995 film (Lawman of the Future; Judge Dredd; Legends of the Law – on the grounds that all of them feature a slightly different Dredd), nor indeed the rather better fated recent IDW series (is this the same Dredd? Is it?), and, I hope not too controversially, the Dredd stories that are explicitly about the movie Dredd, more obviously a separate character in his own version of Mega City 1.

Art by Jason Brashill; words by John Wagner

The top two names on the list are entirely uncontroversial. Just to inject a little fun I’ve listed a collaboration as a separate entity. Beyond that there’s a bit of a mess around who has written more stories vs who has written more episodes, and how much weight one likes to ascribe to the newspaper strips.

Art by Ron Smith; Words by Wagner & Grant

No commentary this time around! Let the stats speak for themselves. With one exception, I'm only listing people who have written more than 1 episode.

Name
Separate stories
Individual episodes
John Wagner (solo)
478
1107
Wagner/Grant
206 (+492)
427 (+1832)
Alan Grant (solo)
102
124
Gordon Rennie
78 (+13)
143 (+242)
Garth Ennis
48
137
Robbie Morrison
43 (+4)
65 (+167)
Al Ewing
30
54
Michael Carroll
26
59
Rob Williams
21
37
Pat Mills
17
49
Mark Millar
17 (+33)
39 (+1349)
John Smith
15
47
Si Spurrier
14 (+5)
18 (+5)
Ian Edginton
8
12
Malcolm Shaw
6
6
John Tomlinson
5
10
Alan McKenzie
5 (+10)
9 (+390)
Jim Alexander
5
6
Paul Neal / Marc Wigmore
5
6
Si Spencer
5
5
TC Eglington
4
8
Dan Abnett
4
5
Chris Standley
4
4
Grant Morrison
3
30
Emma Beeby
3
9
AlecWorley
3
3
Arthur Wyatt
2
3
Kelvin Gosnell
2
2
Alan Barnes
2
2
Peter Harris
1*
1


Art by Mike McMahon; Words by John Wagner

*Plenty of people have written a single Judge Dredd tale; I’ve singled out Peter Harris as he wrote the very first one that saw print, often praised by Pat Mills, the editor and co-creator who judged his story to be the best available kick-off to the new character.

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