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Encyclopedia > Archie Goodwin (comics)

Archie Goodwin (September 8, 1937March 1, 1998) 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, famous for the Dalton gang's attempt to rob 2 banks. But he considered Tulsa, Oklahoma--where he spent his teen years at Will Rogers HS and in used magazine stores searching for EC Comics--as his true hometown. September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years). ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...


He moved to New York 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. His first prose story was published by Ellery Queen magazine which warned him he couldn't use Archie Goodwin as a pen name because it was a Rex Stout's character in the Nero Wolfe books. They were so delighted to learn that it was his birth name that they used the happy coincidence as the theme of their introduction. (Mr. Goodwin was invited to be the keynote speaker at the 1993 Black Orchid Banquet sponsored by The Wolfe Pack--see www.nerowolfe.org--His topic? "What's It Like to be Archie Goodwin.")


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. Goodwin also wrote scripts for King Features Syndicate, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics (where he briefly replaced Julius Schwartz as editor of Detective Comics). For other uses, see Red Book. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... Warren Publishing was a publication company better known for the Warren adult comic magazines which were the major black and white horror magazines from the 1960s through the 1970s. ... King Features Syndicate is a syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation; it distributes about 150 comic strips, newspaper columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games to thousands of newspapers around the world. ... It has been suggested that Felicia (pseudonym) be merged into this article or section. ... The current DC Comics logo, adopted in May 2005. ... Julius Schwartz, editor for DC Comics Julius Julie Schwartz (June 19, 1915 - February 8, 2004) was a comic book and pulp magazine editor, and a science fiction agent and prominent fan. ... Categories: Comics stubs | Batman | DC Comics titles ...


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. See also Comic strip and Sunday strip. ... Secret Agent Corrigan a. ... Al Williamson (March 21, 1931 - ) is an American cartoonist of partly Venezuelan descent. ...


In 1976, Goodwin replaced Gerry Conway named as the eighth chief editor for Marvel Comics. 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] 1976 (MCMLXXVI) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Cover of Amazing Spider-Man #136 which was written by Conway. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII in Roman) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Cover image of Harbinger #1 from Valiant Comics Jim Shooter (born September 27, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an United States writer, occasional fill-in artist, editor, and publisher for various comic books. ... The cover of the 2004 DVD widescreen release of the modified original Star Wars Trilogy. ... Cover image of Harbinger #1 from Valiant Comics Jim Shooter (born September 27, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an United States writer, occasional fill-in artist, editor, and publisher for various comic books. ...


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. Epic Illustrated was a bi-monthly large format anthology series published by Marvel Comics between 1981-1988. ... A cover for the mini-series Havok & Wolverine by Kent Williams Epic Comics was a creator-owned imprint of Marvel Comics started in 1982, lasting through the mid-1990s, and being briefly revived on a small scale in the mid-2000s. ...


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. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Starman VII is Jack Knight, a comic book superhero in the DC Comics universe, and a member of the Justice Society of America. ... James Dale Robinson is a writer of comic books and screenplays, notably of the comic book series Starman. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV in Roman) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...


Goodwin died unexpectedly in 1998. He was honored in a special tribute issue of the magazine Comic Book Profiles; more information is available at http://www.comicsfun.com/cbprofiles/issueag.htm


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). Secret Origins #22 outlined the history of the Manhunters, as to tie in with Millennium. ... Categories: Comics stubs | Batman | DC Comics titles ... Walter or, usually, Walt Simonson (born September 2, 1946) is a comic book writer and artist. ... Categories: Comics stubs | Batman | DC Comics titles ... Walter or, usually, Walt Simonson (born September 2, 1946) is a comic book writer and artist. ...

Preceded by:
Gerry Conway
Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief
1976–1978
Succeeded by:
Jim Shooter

 
 

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