Mickey Spillane is one of the most published authors living today, with a streak of seven books in the late 1940s to early 50s where each book sold in the millions.
His protagonist, Mike Hammer, became one of the most famous private detectives in literary history.
And before all that, Spillane wrote comic books.
Before World War II, Spillane began work for a company called Funnies, Inc., which instead of publishing comics, they created comics that OTHER companies would publish, mainly Timely Comics (which later became Marvel Comics). Funnies, Inc. was a pretty bush league operation, so almost all of their characters have really been lost to history.
At this same time, due to the connection to Timely, Spillane would be asked for stories FOR Timely. Mostly he was asked to write text pieces for Timely Comics that were inserted in the middle of the comics, mainly to maintain the correct page counts. This work appeared in the pages of Sub-Mariner, Human Torch, the whole Timely line basically. In addition, he did a few short stories, mostly featuring characters that have not been heard of since.
It was even rumored that Mike Hammer was originally meant to be a comic strip titled Mike Danger!
Years later, in the 1990s, Spillane's friend Max Allen Collins made Mike Danger a reality, doing a Mike Danger comic series for Tekno Comics.
Well, that's it for me this week!
Feel free to tell me some urban legends you have heard, and I will try to confirm or deny them!