Goodwin begin in the comics industry in the early 1960s writing stories for Harvey Comics and Warren Publishing. He then started writing scripts on the Secret Agent X-9 syndicated strip drawn by Al Williamson, as well as projects at Marvel Comics and DC Comics. In 1975 he became the editor-in-chief at Marvel a position he held at the time that they acquired the comic book rights to Star Wars.
Goodwin had a long stint on the Marvel Star Wars series, taking over from original writer Roy Thomas, and wrote over 30 issues, spanning three years. In addition to writing Star Wars, he was the title's editor and wrote the Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi comic adaptations. The artists that worked with Goodwin on most of his run were Carmine Infantino, Bob Wiacek, Terry Austin, and Gene Day.
After the passing of Russ Manning, and based on his work on the Marvel Comics series, Goodwin and longtime friend, Al Williamson took over Manning's Star Wars syndicated newspaper strip. It was on this strip that Goodwin and Williamson began story arcs bridging the gap between A New Hope and the Empire Strikes Back. On his first story arc for the strip, he used the pseudonym Russ Helm.
He was one of the first to contribute to the Expanded Universe and created many characters for its rich history. Among the more notable characters and concepts Goodwin created were: Beilert Valance, the House of Tagge and The Wheel. He left the Marvel series when he took over the "Epic" line for Marvel.
Goodwin died on March 1, 1998 due to cancer.
He was once quoted as saying, "The Star Wars universe is a great place to visit... even if I don't live there anymore."
Star Wars bibliographyEdit
- Pizzazz 7: Caverns of Mystery!
- Pizzazz 8: The Keeper's Secret!
- Pizzazz 9: The Final Fury!
- Pizzazz 10: The Kingdom of Ice!
- Pizzazz 11: The Snow Demons!
- Pizzazz 12: Treachery!
- Pizzazz 13: Death Trap!
- Pizzazz 14: Snow Fury!
- Pizzazz 15: The Ice Worm Cometh!
- Pizzazz 16: Showdown!
- Star Wars 11: Star Search!
- Star Wars 12: Doomworld!
- Star Wars 13: Day of the Dragon Lords
- Star Wars 14: The Sound of Armageddon
- Star Wars 15: Star Duel
- Star Wars 16: The Hunter
- Star Wars 17: Crucible
- Star Wars 18: The Empire Strikes
- Star Wars 19: The Ultimate Gamble
- Star Wars 20: Deathgame
- Star Wars 21: Shadow of a Dark Lord
- Star Wars 22: To the Last Gladiator
- Star Wars 23: Flight Into Fury
- Star Wars 25: Siege at Yavin
- Star Wars 26: Doom Mission
- Star Wars 27: Return of the Hunter
- Star Wars 28: What Ever Happened to Jabba the Hut?
- Star Wars 29: Dark Encounter
- Star Wars 30: A Princess Alone
- Star Wars 31: Return to Tatooine
- Star Wars 32: The Jawa Express
- Star Wars 33: Saber Clash
- Star Wars 34: Thunder in the Stars
- Star Wars 35: Dark Lord's Gambit
- Star Wars 36: Red Queen Rising
- Star Wars 37: In Mortal Combat
- Star Wars 38: Riders in the Void
- Star Wars 39: The Empire Strikes Back: Beginning
- Star Wars 40: The Empire Strikes Back: Battleground Hoth
- Star Wars 41: The Empire Strikes Back: Imperial Pursuit
- Star Wars 42: The Empire Strikes Back: To Be a Jedi
- Star Wars 43: The Empire Strikes Back: Betrayal at Bespin
- Star Wars 44: The Empire Strikes Back: Duel a Dark Lord
- Star Wars 45: Death Probe
- Star Wars 47: Droid World
- Star Wars 50: The Crimson Forever
- Star Wars 98: Supply and Demand
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 1: In the Hands of Jabba the Hutt
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 2: The Emperor Commands
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 3: Mission to Endor
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 4: The Final Duel
- 60: Pursuit!
- 94-96: Way of the Wookiee
- 97-99: The Day after the Death Star!
- 104-106: The Weapons Master!
- 107-109: World of Fire, Part I: World of Fire
- 110-112: World of Fire, Part II: The Word for World is Death
- 113-115: World of Fire, Part III The Guardian of Forever
- Planet of Kadril (as Russ Helm)
- Han Solo at Stars' End (adaptation of the novel by Brian Daley)
- The Bounty Hunter of Ord Mantell
- Darth Vader Strikes
- The Serpent Masters
- Deadly Reunion
- Traitor's Gambit
- The Night Beast
- The Return of Ben Kenobi
- The Power Gem
- Revenge of the Jedi
- Doom Mission
- Race for Survival
- The Paradise Detour
- A New Beginning
- The Final Trap
Classic Star Wars reprintsEdit
- Classic Star Wars 1
- Classic Star Wars 2
- Classic Star Wars 3
- Classic Star Wars 4
- Classic Star Wars 5
- Classic Star Wars 6
- Classic Star Wars 7
- Classic Star Wars 8
- Classic Star Wars 9
- Classic Star Wars 10
- Classic Star Wars 11
- Classic Star Wars 12
- Classic Star Wars 13
- Classic Star Wars 14
- Classic Star Wars 15
- Classic Star Wars 16
- Classic Star Wars 17
- Classic Star Wars 18
- Classic Star Wars 19
- Classic Star Wars 20
- Classic Star Wars Volume 1: In Deadly Pursuit
- Classic Star Wars Volume 2: The Rebel Storm
- Classic Star Wars Volume 3: Escape to Hoth
- Classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 1
- Classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 2
- Classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (TPB)
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - The Special Edition
- Classic Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 1
- Classic Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 2
- Classic Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (TPB)
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - The Special Edition
- Classic Star Wars Box Set
- Star Wars: The Special Edition Box Set
- Classic Star Wars: Han Solo at Stars' End 1
- Classic Star Wars: Han Solo at Stars' End 2
- Classic Star Wars: Han Solo at Stars' End 3
- Classic Star Wars: Han Solo at Stars' End
- Classic Star Wars: The Vandelhelm Mission
- Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago... Volume 1: Doomworld
- Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago... Volume 2: Dark Encounters
- Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago... Volume 3: Resurrection of Evil
- Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago... Volume 7: Far, Far Away
- "Around the Galaxy"—Star Wars Galaxy Collector 2
- Star Wars Insider 38
- Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 152