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July 18, 2006

Mickey Spillane, 1918-2006

Mickey Spillane, the hard-boiled crime writer with roots in the pulp era of American comic book publishing, died yesterday at his home in South Carolina. He was 88 years old.

imageBest known for an approach to hardboiled crime fiction and his Mike Hammer character, a significant element of Spillane's writing career was a period contributing text pieces to comics magazines for publishers like Marvel, Novelty and Bonanza. Spillane was late in his career one of the creators that contributed a character concept to the Hindenburg-like Tekno Comics line, in Spillane's case a Mike Hammer precursor intended for the comics named "Mike Danger."

Nice catch by Heidi MacDonald to notice that manga author Yoshihiro Tatsumi talks about Spillane as an influence in a recent profile.
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