Titan Celebrates Mickey Spillane’s 100th With New Mike Hammer Comic

by Oliver MacNamee

To be published through their Hard Case Crime imprint, which has previously brought us Normandy Gold, Titan will be celebrating what would have been Mickey Spillane’s 100th birthday by producing new Mike Hammer series based on a story originally written by Spillane and adapted by Max Allan Collins (Road To Perdition, Quarry’s War) coming in June 2018 and illustrated by Marcelo Salaza and Marcio Freire.

 Entitled “The Night I Died,” Titan’s new comic series is based on an unproduced 1950s Spillane screenplay. Now, with this new comic book series, readers can experience an authentic yet brand-new take on the bestselling writer’s much-loved detective – written by Collins with art by rising star Marcelo Salaza and colorist Marcio Freire.

Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer is part of Titan Publishing’s wider year-long celebration of Spillane’s work and legacy which includes the Titan Books publication of Killing Town, the very first Mike Hammer novel, begun by Spillane around 1945 and recently completed by Collins. Killing Town had been set aside by Spillane to write his and Hammer’s famous 1947 debut, I, The Jury; and Hard Case Crime publication The Last Stand — Spillane’s never-before-published final novel — was completed by Spillane just before his death in 2006.

For now, here are the covers so far released, with a gorgeous Robert McGinnis cover (above) who seems to be having something of a Renaissance, thanks in some part to Neil Gaiman’s own rediscovery of him recently.

Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer #1 Cover A: Robert McGinnis

Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer #1 Cover B: Alex Ronald

Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer #1 Cover C: Mack Chater

Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer Issue #1 is available to order from the April edition of Diamond Previews.