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DC Comics

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Archie Goodwin

Archie Goodwin
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Real Name
Archie Goodwin
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Titles

Characteristics
Gender

Date of Birth
September 8, 1937

Date of Death
March 1, 1998

First publication

Unknown

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Personal History

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Professional History

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Notes

  • No special notes.

Trivia

  • No trivia.

See Also

Work History


Official Website

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Links and References

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This article uses material from the "Archie Goodwin" article on the DC Comics wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Marvel Database

Up to date as of February 09, 2010

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Archie Goodwin

Archie Goodwin
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Real Name
Archie Goodwin
Pseudonyms
A. Goodwin


Characteristics
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Place of Birth
Kansas City , Missouri , United States of America

Date of Birth
Date of Death

September 8, 1937
March 1, 1998

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Personal History

Archie Goodwin was an American comic book writer, editor, and artist. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in many small towns along the Kansas/Missouri border including Coffeyville. But he considered Tulsa, Oklahoma—where he spent his teen years at Will Rogers High School and in used magazine stores searching for EC Comics—as his true hometown.

He moved to New York City to attend classes at what became the School of Visual Arts, worked at Redbook both before and after his Army service as a draftee and free-lanced as Leonard Starr's assistant and as the main script writer for Warren's Creepy magazine before becoming editor of the entire Warren line: Creepy, Eerie and Blazing Combat. (Additional details about his time at Warren may be found in Jon B. Cooke's book The Warren Companion.) Archie Goodwin's first prose story was published by Ellery Queen Magazine which warned him he could not use Archie Goodwin as a pen name because it was a Rex Stout character in the Nero Wolfe books. They were so delighted to learn that it was his birth name that they used the coincidence as the theme of their introduction. (Goodwin was invited to be the keynote speaker at the 1993 Black Orchid Banquet sponsored by the Wolfe Pack. His topic was "What's It Like to be Archie Goodwin.")

Professional History

Goodwin started his career as an artist, working as an assistant in comic strips and drawing cartoons for magazines. His first editorial work was for Redbook magazine. In the early 1960s, he worked for Warren Publishing where he was the main writer and editor-in-chief. As a writer and editor he is credited with providing a mythology for Warren's classic Vampirella character, as well as penning her most compelling stories from the Warren era. Goodwin also wrote scripts for King Features Syndicate, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics (where he briefly replaced Julius Schwartz as editor of Detective Comics).

From 1967 to 1980, Goodwin wrote the daily strip Secret Agent X-9, drawn by Al Williamson. Other strips he worked on include Captain Kate.

In 1976, Goodwin replaced Gerry Conway named as the eighth chief editor for Marvel Comics, with the understanding it would only be temporary until a permanent replacement could be found. He resigned in 1978 and was replaced by Jim Shooter. While Goodwin worked on numerous series throughout his career, his best remembered work was probably his adaptations of the Star Wars movie franchise to the comics. Goodwin wrote a comic book series and a daily comic strip based on the characters from the movies. He also wrote comic book adaptions of the films Alien, Blade Runner and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. As Editor in Chief he secured the rights for Marvel to publish the adaptation and tie-in series, which then sold phenomenally well (helped by a dearth of other Star Wars merchandise at the time) at a point when the comics industry was in severe decline and many executives at Marvel were contemplating winding things up and leaving comics altogether. Some, including Jim Shooter, have attributed the very survival of Marvel to Goodwin's securing the rights.[1]

Goodwin set up the Marvel Graphic Novel series, Epic Illustrated magazine, and the Epic Comics imprint at Marvel. These gave a number of artists and writers their first break as well as allowing established Marvel staff to work with material too difficult for the monthly titles. He also introduced the first English translation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira and published early English translations of the work of Jean Giraud a/k/a Moebius.

Goodwin returned to DC Comics as an editor and writer in 1989. He wrote the graphic novel Batman: Night Cries painted by Scott Hampton and published in 1992. Among Goodwin's last editorial projects were Starman, written by James Robinson and first published by DC in 1994 and DC's Batman: The Long Halloween by Tim Sale and Jeph Loeb; Loeb has said that Goodwin inspired their portrayal of Gotham police chief Jim Gordon in The Long Halloween and its sequel Batman: Dark Victory.

Goodwin died unexpectedly in 1998; few people knew he had been battling cancer. He was honored in a special tribute issue of the magazine Comic Book Profiles; more information is available at Comicfun.com[2] Further personal information is also available in Blake Bell's book I Have to Live with this Guy.

His work won him a good deal of recognition in the industry, including both the 1973 Shazam Award for Best Writer (Dramatic Division), and the 1974 Shazam Award for Best Writer (Dramatic Division) for the Manhunter series running in Detective Comics #437 through 443. In addition, he won the Shazam Award for Best Individual Short Story (Dramatic) in 1973 for "The Himalayan Incident" in Detective Comics #437 (with Walt Simonson). In 1974, he won the Shazam Award for Best Individual Short Story (Dramatic) for "Cathedral Perilous" in Detective Comics 441 (with Walt Simonson) as well as the Shazam Award for Best Individual Story (Dramatic) for "Gotterdammerung" in Detective Comics #443 (with Walt Simonson).

Work History

Images Attributed to Archie Goodwin

Notes

Mr. Goodwin died on March 1, 1998.

Trivia

  • No trivia.

See Also

  • Gallery of Archie Goodwin's pictures
  • Quotations by Archie Goodwin
  • Archie Goodwin in the news

Official Website

  • None.

Links and References

  • None.



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Starwars

Up to date as of February 04, 2010

From Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki.

Archie Goodwin (September 8, 1937March 1, 1998) was a comic book writer & editor for nearly 40 years, and is probably the writer and comics personality most identified with Star Wars in comic book form.

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Biography

Goodwin begin in the comics industry in the early 1960s writing stories for Harvey Comics and Warren Publishing. He then started writing scripts on the Secret Agent X-9 syndicated strip drawn by Al Williamson, as well as projects at Marvel Comics and DC Comics. In 1975 he became the editor-in-chief at Marvel a position he held at the time that they acquired the comic book rights to Star Wars.

Goodwin had a long stint on the Marvel Star Wars series, taking over from original writer Roy Thomas, and wrote over 30 issues, spanning three years. In addition to writing Star Wars, he was the title's editor and wrote the Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi comic adaptations. The artists that worked with Goodwin on most of his run were Carmine Infantino, Bob Wiacek, Terry Austin, and Gene Day.

After the passing of Russ Manning, and based on his work on the Marvel Comics series, Goodwin and longtime friend, Al Williamson took over Manning's Star Wars syndicated newspaper strip. It was on this strip that Goodwin and Williamson began story arcs bridging the gap between A New Hope and the Empire Strikes Back. On his first story arc for the strip, he used the pseudonym Russ Helm.

He was one of the first to contribute to the Expanded Universe and created many characters for its rich history. Among the more notable characters and concepts Goodwin created were: Beilert Valance, the House of Tagge and The Wheel. He left the Marvel series when he took over the "Epic" line for Marvel.

Goodwin died on March 1, 1998 due to cancer.

He was once quoted as saying, "The Star Wars universe is a great place to visit... even if I don't live there anymore."

Star Wars bibliography

Cover of Star Wars 11: Star Search the first issue written by Goodwin

Writer

Marvel Star Wars

  • Star Wars 11: Star Search
  • Star Wars 12: Doomworld
  • Star Wars 13: Day of the Dragon Lords
  • Star Wars 14: The Sound of Armageddon
  • Star Wars 15: Star Duel
  • Star Wars 16: The Hunter
  • Star Wars 17: Crucible
  • Star Wars 18: The Empire Strikes
  • Star Wars 19: The Ultimate Gamble
  • Star Wars 20: Deathgame
  • Star Wars 21: Shadow of a Dark Lord
  • Star Wars 22: To the Last Gladiator
  • Star Wars 23: Flight Into Fury
  • Star Wars 25: Siege at Yavin
  • Star Wars 26: Doom Mission
  • Star Wars 27: Return of the Hunter
  • Star Wars 28: What Ever Happened to Jabba the Hut?
  • Star Wars 29: Dark Encounter
  • Star Wars 30: A Princess Alone
  • Star Wars 31: Return to Tatooine
  • Star Wars 32: The Jawa Express
  • Star Wars 33: Saber Clash
  • Star Wars 34: Thunder in the Stars
  • Star Wars 35: Dark Lord's Gambit
  • Star Wars 36: Red Queen Rising
  • Star Wars 37: In Mortal Combat
  • Star Wars 38: Riders in the Void
  • Star Wars 39: The Empire Strikes Back: Beginning
  • Star Wars 40: The Empire Strikes Back: Battleground: Hoth
  • Star Wars 41: The Empire Strikes Back: Imperial Pursuit
  • Star Wars 42: The Empire Strikes Back: To Be a Jedi
  • Star Wars 43: The Empire Strikes Back: Betrayal at Bespin
  • Star Wars 44: The Empire Strikes Back: Duel a Dark Lord
  • Star Wars 45: Death Probe
  • Star Wars 47: Droid World
  • Star Wars 50: The Crimson Forever
  • Star Wars 98: Supply and Demand
  • Marvel Star Wars Return of the Jedi 1: In the Hands of Jabba the Hutt
  • Marvel Star Wars Return of the Jedi 2: The Emperor Commands
  • Marvel Star Wars Return of the Jedi 3: Mission to Endor
  • Marvel Star Wars Return of the Jedi 4: The Final Duel

L.A. Times Syndicate newspaper strip

Classic Star Wars reprints

Sources

External links

  • Interview at Echo Station
  • Retrospective on Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson at TV Party

This article uses material from the "Archie Goodwin" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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