Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Black and White Wednesday: "The Homecoming" by Goodwin and Williamson

You're gonna love this one, Groove-ophiles! From Creepy #112 (August 1979), it's spooky sci-fi courtesy Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson. Is it any wonder this dyn-o-mite duo was tapped to do the Star Wars newspaper strip in the early 1980s? Welcome to..."The Homecoming!"









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  1. Goodwin and Williamson were always a terrific team. The black and white medium here brings out the best in Williamson's art.

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  2. I so agree. Just gorgeous!

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  3. How did I miss this one the first time around? That was one of the best sf stories I've ever read, rivaling the best of the old EC stories. Did Archie and Al ever disappoint? Not that I've ever seen! Thanks for the treat, Groove!

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    1. Hello, since you read the story can you help me out? (I'm feeling a little stooopid here, so take it easy on me!) What is implied by the 2nd to last panel about Lara? She is somehow still alive? I'm confused given the earth was destroyed. Thanks!

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    2. My take is that the original Lara is still waiting, but it could take an eternity of lifetimes to ever find her.

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  4. There's an interesting anecdote about this story. Williamson was originally sent a Bruce Jones script, but after working on the first three pages decided to send the script back because it was too racy for his tastes. When he called Goodwin and told him what had happened, Archie got a description (over the phone) of the finished pages and wrote a new story around the completed art. A beautiful story.

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    1. How fascinating Russ, I wonder what ever happened to the Bruce Jones story? He was almost Goodwin's equal as a writer, at times even surpassing him.

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    2. Jasper, since Warren had purchased the script, my guess is that it was given to another artist and eventually saw print. Jones is still around, so maybe someone can ask him. I agree he wrote some great stories, including collaborations with Williamson that were completed and published. He also seemed to bring the best out of artists like Corben and Wrightson during one of Warren's better periods.

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  5. What a wonderful and poignant story and what a fabulous concept, like an episode of the Twilight Zone that could never be filmed due to budget constraints.

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