Friday, October 24, 2014

FF To The Resque

Friday Comic Book Day.

Friend of blog Smurfswacker asked if I could get my hands on the Wonder Woman pages that Frank Godwin is supposed to have drawn. Well I could and here they are. I think. Anyone out there who can confirm it? Apparently the first one isn't by Godwin, but the others are. The last one is from one of those microfiche collections. I apologize for the condition. There is one more from a summer editon of another title I don't have.


Arnaud said...

Interesting to see. The second story seems to be by Godwin, but I see no traces of him in the first story, I don't believe he was able to draw that bad.

Ger Apeldoorn said...

You may be right. Accoring to the GCD he drew Wonder Woman in #17, 18 and 19. I will adjust.

fortunato said...

The WW stories by Godwin could be:
Wanted by Hitler, Dead or Alive (Comic Cavalcade 2 – spring 1943)
Riddle of the Talking lion (Sensation Comics 17 - May 1943)
The Secret City of the Incas (Sensation Comics 18- June 1943)
The Unbound Amazon (Sensation Comics 19 – July 1943)
War Against Society (Sensation Comics 21 – September 1943)

Smurfswacker said...

Thanks for posting these rarities. I wonder just how Godwin came to work in comic books, and on this character in particular. Perhaps the connection was with H. G. Peter and not directly with DC. Maybe it was a favor for someone. Maybe Godwin thought he might find a place in this comparatively new medium and this was a trial balloon.

At any rate, though I understand why Arnaud has problems with the first story, I respectfully disagree. The general shape of the non-continuing characters and their poses are very FG as long as you overlook the inking. Even more, personal quirks like the way Godwin draws trees and rolling countryside show up here. I'm thinking H. G. Peter or (more likely) a staff inker laid it on thick over Godwin's pencils. In the later stories it looks more like FG inked himself, trying to stay within the house style--though here too major characters like Etta Candy seem to have been retouched.

It's interesting to consider that at this time Godwin was still active in magazine illustration and advertising art, both of which paid a lot more than comics. I don't know what Godwin's temperament was like, but I can picture him noting his reworked art and the slimness of his paychecks and deciding to dump comic books for good.