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Archie Goodwin (b. September 8, 1937 – d.March 1, 1998) was a writer.

Personal History

Goodwin was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He studied at the Will Rogers High School located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Goodwin then moved to New York City to study at the School of Visual Arts. After a long career at the comic book industry, he died of cancer in 1998 at the age of 60.

Professional History

Archie Goodwin was an American comic book writter and editor. At first he worked as an artist drawing newspaper comic strips. His career started when he first wrote for Warren Publishing on the Creepy series. He became the main writter at Warren and later on he became the editor.

In the 70's, Goodwin edited some war comics for DC Comics such as G.I. Combat Vol 1; Our Fighting Forces Vol 1 and Star-Spangled War Stories Vol 1. He replaced Julius Schwartz as the editor of Detective Comics.

Goodwin worked for Marvel Comics as the writer for Iron Man and The Fantastic Four. He created some of Marvel's popular characters such as Spider-Woman. He became editor-in-chief of Marvel for a short period of time. He would later work on Star Wars comics as a writer. After that, he worked for Epic Comics.

In 1989, he returned to DC as a writer and an editor. His first notable work was Batman: Night Cries. He edited the elseworlds miniserie Batman: Thrillkiller and Batman: Mitefall. Goodwin collaborated with Dennis O'Neil and Dan Jurgens when creating Armageddon 2001. Some of his most recognized works as an editor in DC are: Starman; Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special 1; Batman: The Long Halloween and also the monthly series Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight and Azrael.

Work History


  • Mark Chiarello has stated that Goodwin's work on Creepy inspired him for making Batman: Black and White.
  • After Goodwin's death, DC Comics had a special comic issue dedicated to Goodwin, in the Hitman comic series. It was the Eisner Award for "Best Single Issue" in 1999.

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