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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Mickey Spillane 1918-2006

"Basic Military Journalism?" Who do you think you are, Mickey Fuckin' Spillane?!?

I always loved that line from Full Metal Jacket. Not just for the swears (he said Fuck!) but for the idea behind it. Sure, Joker wasn't going into the mystery writing business. But, yeah, what writer that ever tried his hand at the hard boiled detective didn't think he was Mickey Spillane?

Sadly, there was only one. Even more sadly, he's gone now.The legendary mystery writer, author of the hard-boiled "Mike Hammer" stories and "Mike Danger" graphic novels has died at the age of 87.

He will be missed, but thankfully, we got loads of his stuff lying around to fill the void. Not to mention the imitators and the authors out there that trained at his teet. I'm sure Azzarello, Bendis, Parker and the like would happily count Spillane as one of their heroes.

If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes. -- Mickey Spillane

Bye Mickey.

Stacey Keach as Mike Hammer


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