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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 110

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson’s Star Wars comic strip…

The only way I’ve ever read Goodwin and Williamsn’s Star Wars strips is in Dark Horse’s Star Wars Classic series, where they chopped up the strips and colored them so that they could be read as a comic book. It worked really well, I think, but I suppose it’s worth showing the originals, as well, for comparison’s sake…

Now on to the way I first read them!

As you probably know by know, Archie Godwin and Al Williamson are two of the most acclaimed creators in the comic book field, so there really isn’t anything surprising about their work on Star Wars – it’s just good, solid well-written and well-drawn comics.

Granted, they did have the added difficulty of working with characters that they really did not know that much about, but the Star Wars people seemed to give the comic strip a lot more freedom than they gave other media, so they added to the mythos often, and felt free to use Darth Vader as they pleased (without, of course, having scenes directly between Vader and the good guys, which IS tricky to pull off, I know)…

The end result was some damn fine comics. We have sadly lost Archie Goodwin, but we should be grateful that a great like Williamson is still with us, even if he is pretty much retired from the business.


A great pick, Brian. Al Williamson is one of the all time greats. For further evidence of his skill in drawing licensed properties, check out his brilliant adaptation for MARVEL of Ridley Scott’s BLADERUNNER.

By the way, Brian, way off topic, but you simply have to pick some (or all) of Moench’s work on MASTER OF KUNG FU for a Cool Moment. I was just re-reading some of the issues that he did with Gulacy and Zeck, and it is superb stuff.

That artwork is fantastic.

I’ve got a collection of one of these; not a Star Wars guy, me, but it’s excellent comics.

Just thought that I would add that the art that Russ Manning did prior to Williamson’s arrival was also top notch, as befits the man who created MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER.

The art is far too static to me, it looks like a ton of screen grabs and set photos.

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April 22, 2010 at 8:21 pm

To each his own I guess Stealthwise. I think the artwork is stunning, of course I think it looks even better in the original b&w.

I wish our paper had carried this when I was a child I would have been in heaven.

Missed day 110 but am here from the link from Al Williamson dying. So sad. Loved this strip when it ran! Would cut each days out of the paper and saved them. The art was so fantastic!

Thanks Al. We’ll miss you.

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