Celebrating what would have been author Mickey Spillane’s 100th birthday in 2018, Titan Comics is launching a new Hard Case Crime comic book series starring his most famous creation: Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer. The series is based on an unproduced Spillane screenplay called The Night I Died, which will be adapted by Road to Perdition writer Max Allan Collins, who was entrusted by Spillane himself to finish some of his uncompleted works after he died. Marcelo Salaza and Marcio Freire are the artists for the series.
If you were thinking to yourself, “that sounds great, but didn’t this press release come with any quotes?” You’re in luck, dear reader, because it did.
“Spillane’s contributions to the genre are without parallel,” said Titan Comics editor Tom Williams. “What better addition to the Hard Case Crime comics family than his signature character, Mike Hammer? Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer is sure to become a hard-boiled classic.”
“I am thrilled to join Marcelo and Marcio in bringing Mickey Spillane to the comic book form — particularly since Mickey was a top Golden Age comic book writer himself,” said Collins. “His Mike Hammer — probably the most influential private eye of all — was initially created with comics in mind.”
“It’s a privilege to work with Max Allan Collins, Mickey’s hand-picked successor and fellow Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, to celebrate the Spillane Centenary,” said Hard Case Crime editor Charles Ardai. “No one could be a better choice to shepherd Mickey’s legendary detective, Mike Hammer, onto the comic book page than the author behind Road to Perdition, Dick Tracy, Wild Dog and Ms. Tree.”
The comic hits stores in June. Check out some interior art below, as well as covers by Robert McGinnis, Alex Ronald, and Mack Chater.