RIP Mickey Spillane

Mickey Spillane died yesterday. He was 88 years old and had cancer, so the news shouldn’t come as quite a shock. It’s just that Mickey Spillane was one of those guys that seemed like he could live forever.

Although Mr. Spillane started his career as a comic book writer, it was his Mike Hammer novels that made him a superstar. The first, “I, the Jury” was a hit with readers everywhere, critics be damned. Spillane followed up with 12 other Mike Hammer books… 9 other novels… and a bunch of short stories. Most folks don’t realize that Mr. Spillane also wrote two young adult novels [one which won a prize from the Junior Literary Guild].

As much as I enjoyed Spillane‘s books, I liked his attitude even more. He considered himself a writer, not an author. Spillane was more concerned with royalty checks than reviews… and his fans dearly loved him.

I miss him already.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mickey Spillane‘s family, friends and fans.


  • stas

    Yo Craig,

    Sad news indeed – but a fate which we all face one time or another. I read every Mike Hammer novel when I was a kid – couldn’t get enough.

    Great writer doubtful – brilliant storyteller definitely.


  • Craig Zablo

    Great writer doubtful – brilliant storyteller definitely.

    I agree with the sentiment and so would Mickey!

    Thanks for jumping over to the blog, Papa!