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Archie's Corner
Dedicated to the wit and jocosity of Archie Goodwin, bon vivant

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Rex Stout's
Physical Description of Archie

Courtesy of the Stout estate; pulled from Rex Stout's own archives; here is rarely seen memorabilia. Rex Stout's own description of his beloved character, written in 1949 and not meant for publication at the time:

Height 6 ft. Weight 180 lbs. Age 32.

Hair is light rather than dark, but just barely decided not to be red; he gets it cut every two weeks, rather short, and brushes it straight back, but it keeps standing up. He shaves four times a week and grasps at every excuse to make it only three times. His features are all regular, well-modeled and well-proportioned, except the nose. He escapes the curse of being the movie actor type only through the nose. It is not a true pug and is by no means a deformity, but it is a little short and the ridge is broad, and the tip has continued on its own, beyond the cartilage, giving the impression of startling and quite independent initiative. The eyes are grey, and are inquisitive and quick to move. He is muscular both in appearance and in movement, and upright in posture, but his shoulders stoop a little in unconscious reaction to Wolfe's repeated criticism that he is too self-assertive.
Archie's Most Often Repeated Job Description
  • Bullet for One: "...as his man Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday...."  
  • Poison a la Carte: "...his assistant detective and man Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday...."  
  • If Death Ever Slept: "...Nero Wolfe's man Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday...."  
The Wit and Wisdom of Archie Goodwin

Read Yvette's blog about Archie Goodwin and the Corpus and some really great quotes from Archie: http://yvettecandraw.blogspot.com/

Lily and Archie: when Lily christens Archie "Escamillo" in Some Buried Caesar, it's a reference to George Bizet's opera Carmen. In that opera Carmen leaves the innocent man that she has corrupted for the dashing toreador Escamillo. Knowledge of this allusion adds new depth to our appreciation of Lily's quick decision-making in SBC.
Archie's Fedorras
Depictions of Archie from TV, Movies, Magazines, Book Covers, Original Artwork
(and some that just remind us of him)
  • Woodcut of Archie by Kevin I. Gordon, noted portraitist (used with permission)
  • Sketch of Archie from Rex Stout's Archives (source unknown)
  • Woodcut of Lily Rowan by Kevin I. Gordon, noted portraitist (used with permission)
  • Archie Business Card from Nadine
  • Bitter End in American Magazine, 1940, Nov.
  • Cop Killer
  • Archie in HELP WANTED, MALE (Illustration from American Magazine, June, 1945
  • Archie in IMMUNE TO MURDER (Illustration from American Magazine, Nov., 1955 by Thorton Utz)
  • Archie & Wolfe in OVER MY DEAD BODY (Illustration from American Magazine, Sept., 1939)
  • Archie & Wolfe in PLOT IT YOURSELF (Illustration from Mystery Guild, Feb., 1960)
  • Archie & Wolfe in THE RED BOX (Illustration from American Magazine, Dec., 1936)
  • Archie & Wolfe in THE RED BOX (Illustration from The Detroit Free Press)
  • Archie & Wolfe in SEE NO EVIL (Illustration from American Magazine, Aug., 1951)
  • Archie & Wolfe in THIS WILL KILL YOU (Illustration from American Magazine, Sept., 1952)
    (published in THREE MEN OUT as THIS WON'T KILL YOU)
  • Archie & Wolfe on the Cover of TROUBLE IN TRIPLICATE (early Bantam printing)
  • Archie & Wolfe on the Cover of TROUBLE IN TRIPLICATE (Spanish language printing)
  • Archie & Wolfe in WILL TO MURDER (Illustration from American Magazine, Nov., 1955)
    (published as IMMUNE TO MURDER in THREE FOR THE CHAIR)
  • Archie & Wolfe in THE FRIGHTENED MEN (Illustration by Rico Tomaso from The Saturday Evening Post, June, 1935)
    Published in book form as THE LEAGUE OF FRIGHTENED MEN
  • Archie, Wolfe, & Hattie Annis. Clipping from magazine publication of THE COUNTERFEITER'S KNIFE (Illustration by Austin Briggs, The Saturday Evening Post, Jan., 1961)
    Published in book form as COUNTERFEIT FOR MURDER in HOMICIDE TRINITY
  • Timothy Hutton as Archie in the 2001-2002 TV Series A NERO WOLFE MYSTERY
  • Tom Mason as Archie in the 1977 TV film of THE DOORBELL RANG (starring Thayer Dvid as Wolfe)
  • Lee Horsley as Archie in the 1981 TV Series NERO WOLFE (starring William Conrad as Wolfe)
  • Lionel Stander as Archie and Edward Arnold as Nero Wolfe in MEET NERO WOLFE (1936)
  • Archie Goodwin, Private Investigator
  • Archie Goodwin -- keyboarding
  • Archie Goodwin protecting St. Louis, MO
  • Archie's fedora resting on his "to be filed" pile
Woodcut of Archie by Kevin I. Gordon, noted portraitist (used with permission)
Woodcut of Archie by Kevin I. Gordon, noted portraitist (used with permission)
 

Dancing with Archie: Why Women Swoon
Archie and Lily regularly dine and dance at the Flamingo Club, which has long been assumed to be an alternate name for the renowned Stork Club. Archie takes many others there as well, and quite often those he meets in his investigations have either seen him there or he has seen them.

Not only does Archie excel at this job with bravery, resourcefulness, and intelligence, but he has the savoir faire to dance, dine, and socialize with even the most famous and affluent of New York.

In the time of Swing, Jazz, and Big Band, Archie danced the night away.

Please take a minute view the photo montage of this important aspect of Archie's life and to read Jane Cleland's 2010 Black Orchid Banquet Toast to Archie Goodwin, "Dancing with Archie."

The Eating Habits of Archie Goodwin

Archie frequently tells us what he (and sometimes Wolfe) eat. He tells us what his likes and dislikes are. He has Fritz to prepare most of his meals, but from his work schedule, his social life, or just for a change, he also eats out, and not always at Rusterman's or an equivalent restaurant. Click here to read all about what Archie has to say about his eating habits.

Archie Goodwin -- "I am a Self Made man,
and am a roughneck, but not rowdy."


Archie Goodwin, renowned illustrator
AG
Another Archie Goodwin was a very famous (and real) person. Archie Goodwin (9/18/1937 -- 2/28/1998) was an editor, writer, and artist on a wide variety of projects at Marvel, DC, Warren, and other publications. He also wrote several newspaper comic strips including Star Wars and Secret Agent Corrigan. Mr. Goodwin was the keynote speaker at the 1993 Black Orchid Banquet.  His topic? "What's It's Like to be Archie Goodwin." 

Click here for a complete listing of his Spider-Man credits. For more information, go to the Comics Fun page with a number of links to sites with information regarding Mr. Goodwin: http://www.comicsfun.com/cbprofiles/links.htm#anchor425802

Origin of Archie's Name

According to the Topeka Capital Journal (boyhood home of Rex Stout), in 1905, when Rex Stout was 18, his phonograph player was stolen. The name of the policeman credited with tracking down the thief and returning the phonograph to the teenager was A. G. Goodwin. Click here to read the full story, along with Mr. Stout's comment.

In Rex Stout's first known interview, which appeared in the Topeka Daily Capital in 1907 while he was on leave from he assignment on President Theodore Roosevelt Navy yacht, he notes that "...Archie Roosevelt is a badly spoiled child and is not liked by the crew of the Mayflower." Click here to read to the full article.
Brett Maverick


FIRST YOU READ, THEN YOU WRITE
by Francis M. Nevins

Archie Goodwin & Maverick

Sun 31 May 2009
Speaking of Nero, it was my good fortune that I began reading Rex Stout in the late 1950s, when I was in my middle teens and also pigging out on a dozen or more TV Western series a week.

Why was this a lucky break for me? Because one of those Western series saved me from misunderstanding Archie Goodwin.

If you were following the Wolfe saga during the Hammett-Chandler era when the novels and novellas were first coming out, you might easily have tried to assimilate Archie to the legion of wisecracking PI/first person narrators of the time, and then rejected the character when you sensed what a poor fit that was.

Even so astute a critic as John Dickson Carr, writing in 1946, referred to Archie as "insufferable" and a "latter-day Buster Brown."

But if you were fortunate enough to discover Stout in the late Fifties, at a time when millions of Americans including myself were watching Maverick every Sunday evening, you might have recognized Archie Goodwin and Bret Maverick as soul brothers.

You might have credited Rex Stout with having created in prose the Great American Wiseass prototype which James Garner brought to perfection on film. You might have longed to see one of Stout's novels filmed with Orson Welles as Wolfe and Garner as Archie. At least I did. What a shame that it never happened!

From Mike Nevins blog, Mysteryfile.com: http://mysteryfile.com/blog/?p=1178
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