Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Dante’s Divine Comedy (1966)

Published by Washington Square Press, with artwork by Harry Bennett.

The Erection Set, by Mickey Spillane

This is the eye-catching dust jacket from the 1972 Dutton hardcover first edition, featuring a photograph of Mickey Spillane’s second wife, actress Sherri Malinou. (The later paperback edition censored her breasts.)

Click on the image for an enlargement. Go ahead, I know you want to.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Complete Mike Hammer Chronology

Here’s a list of all the novels featuring New York City private eye Mike Hammer, arranged in order of the years their stories take place. The series was of course begun by Mickey Spillane, but has been extended since Spillane’s death by his friend and fellow author, Max Allan Collins. The asterisks denote their multiple collaborations.

Killing Town* (2018)
I, the Jury (1947)
Lady, Go Die!* (2012)
The Twisted Thing (published 1966, written 1949)
My Gun Is Quick (1950)
Vengeance Is Mine! (1950)
One Lonely Night (1951)
The Big Kill (1951)
Kiss Me, Deadly (1952)
Kill Me, Darling* (2015)
The Girl Hunters (1962)
The Snake (1964)
The Will to Kill* (2017)
The Big Bang* (2010)
Complex 90* (2013)
Murder Never Knocks* (2016)
The Body Lovers (1967)
Survival…Zero! (1970)
Kiss Her Goodbye* (2011)
The Killing Man (1989)
Black Alley (1996)
King of the Weeds* (2014)
The Goliath Bone* (2008)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

William Link on Columbo

William Link, the co-creator (with Richard Levinson) of the popular TV crime drama Columbo, was interviewed some years ago for the Archive of American Television; you can find the various segments of that exchange here. During the interview, Link recalled the uncertain process of getting Columbo on the air and how Peter Falk was ultimately selected to play Lieutenant Columbo. Both of those videos are embedded below.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Slow Days, Fast Company (1978)

Acclaimed artist Charles Moll painted the cover for this Pocket paperback edition of Eve Babitz’s 1977 book about Hollywood.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love Me Now, Back Cover

From the 1963 Monarch paperback edition. The front cover is here.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Bill Crider’s Paperback Collection

Back in 2006, author and blogger Bill Crider put together this video tour of the densely packed bookshelves in his Alvin, Texas, home office.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Big Fix, Back Cover

From the 1974 Pocket paperback edition. Read more about that here.