Really, really, dig the Michel Fiffe piece in this great tribute article, and Josh Bayer’s piece calls up images of Mark Twain, which is a pretty great coincidence.
I’m obsessed with Goodwin. I don’t know why. But that’s the fun of research, right? I guess that’s why this blog has kind of transformed into a gathering of information on Goodwin as I’m beginning to figure out what it is that fascinates me about him, and why I would like to write something about him. Right now, I’m thinking an oral history slash personal story. I think John Jeremiah Sullivan’s influence has rubbed off on me.
I just finished the hard cover DC put out collecting a bunch of Goodwin’s Batman work. Including the complete Manhunter series and Batman: Night Cries. The collection was a mixed bag, but the range—the span of time from Goodwin’s early work in the 1970s to the late ’90s—is quite significant. The silent Manhunter: Final Chapter is a heartbreaker and some of the finest short comics I’ve ever read. It’s quite something to see the difference in storytelling and artwork as Goodwin and Simonson grow together over the Manhunter back-ups.
Batman: Night Cries, on the other hand, was also quite a change in style given the years covered in the collection. It really showed how he grew as a writer. Overall, if you have any interest in Goodwin, I think you should pick up the book.