Race Williams

Created by Carroll John Daly (1889-1958) "Sometimes... one hunk of lead is worth all the thought in the world" -- from "Not My Corpse" "I have brains, I suppose." -- from "The Snarl of the Beast" New York City's RACE WILLIAMS is generally considered to be the first "private eye," at least as we understand … Continue reading Race Williams

It Wasn’t Easy

Mike Hammer Comes to Television By Kevin Burton Smith "I said, 'This is ridiculous! I mean, you can't take this shit seriously.'" -- Darren McGavin How do you turn the darkly violent, psychologically bruising revenge fantasies of Mickey Spillane's bestselling Mike Hammer novels into a weekly television show, in the squeaky clean surface puritanism of … Continue reading It Wasn’t Easy

Mike Hammer

Created by Mickey Spillane (1918-2006) "The monicker is Mike Hammer, kid. I'm a private eye." -- please allow him to introduce himself (I, the Jury) ONE TAKE Whatever else you may think about MIKE HAMMER, one word may well be appropriate: extreme. The Hammer books are not only extreme in their subject matter, but they … Continue reading Mike Hammer

Mickey Spillane

Frank Morrison Spillane (1918-2006) "Anyone who doesn't recognize Spillane's importance is an idiot." -- Max Allan Collins Frank Morrison Spillane was a Brooklyn kid, born on March 9, 1918, the only child of Catherine Anne and John Joseph Spillane, an Irish-American bartender who nicknamed him "Mickey." He passed away July 17, 2006 at his home … Continue reading Mickey Spillane

Salted Peanuts Department

If Mickey Spillane Wrote Nancy This one comes from MAD Magazine, circa 1959. The name of the original article was "If Famous Authors Wrote the Comics," (from the "High Flown Balloons Dept.," of course), and featured dead-on parodies of not just the authors (who include the likes of Paddy Chayefsky, Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling … Continue reading Salted Peanuts Department

Dear Mr. Daly

A Fan Letter From Mickey Spillane Just in case anybody doubts that Spillane's Mike Hammer was inspired by Carroll John Daly's Race Williams, check this out: The story goes (at least as far as Spillane told it) that when Daly's agent at the time saw the letter, she instituted a plagiarism suit. Whereupon Daly canned … Continue reading Dear Mr. Daly