Talk:Mickey Spillane

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Book list[edit]

Could someone add a list of book titles to this entry? I was very surprised not to see such a list here.Eyeresist 00:41, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

Integrity of information[edit]

are there any sources to back up the claims about spillane's life ? that he trained air force pilots, worked in the circus, was a federal agent and a writer just is not plausible -- he wouldn't have time to do it all, much less get all the training.

apparently, he has claimed all of these things to be true. I didn't believe it either when I first read it and noticed some other items that needed clarification. --Jkauzlar 23:25, 29 July 2006 (UTC)

A lot of this article appears to be written by a fan and is not encyclopeadiac. I'm a fan, too, but it makes the whole article look cheap, dimestoreish if you will.

Regardless of the quality of the article, I don't think it's that implausible as such. Take someone like Jim Steranko, who, in addition to working on comics and movies, was also a magician, an escape artist, a musician, a boxer and a fencer. Or Larry Brilliant, who has been at various points in his career a medical doctor, an actor, an author, a student of a Hindu sage, an ambassador for the United Nations, one of the people responsible for eradicating smallpox, a professor at the University of Michigan, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and the co-founder of The Well. Currently, he's the executive director of Not that I'm saying that Spillane was necessarily all of these things, but I don't find it at all implausible that he could've been. Hell, compared to someone like Brilliant -- or Leonardo Da Vinci, for that matter -- he didn't keep that busy. -- Captain Disdain 13:41, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

Date of death[edit]

Although his death was announced on July 17, the story says the exact details haven't been released. Has the actual date of his death been announced? For all we know he might have died on the 16th. 23skidoo 22:23, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

The story says he died Monday (today?)

That would be either 17 July, or possibly last Monday 10 July. Recent deaths shows him dying on 11/7, a Tuesday. Something does not gel. JackofOz 00:34, 18 July 2006 (UTC)
  • This Reuters article establishes that his date of death was 17 July [1] ""Mr. Spillane died this morning at his home here. His family was with him," said Brian Edgerton, funeral director at the Goldfinch Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina."Capitalistroadster 03:07, 18 July 2006 (UTC)

Bio Material[edit]

This article from FoxNews contains some good bio material. Maybe a better writer than I can work some of it into the Wiki article...,2933,204038,00.html

Jake b 04:06, 18 July 2006 (UTC)

RE: Edits to publication dates[edit]

Wing Nut claims "if FOX news can be trusted" for the publication date of I, the Jury. Well, they can't be trusted. Every site I access including <a href="" target="blank">The Unofficial Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer Site</a> gives 1947 as the publication date. The date for the Signet paperback publication comes from my own Signet copy of the novel, listing first printing as December 1948.

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BetacommandBot 00:41, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

two successful children's or young adult books[edit]

Junior Literary Guild Award winner The day the sea rolled back (1981) The Ship That Never Was (1982) (talk) 22:56, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Mike Hammer Novels vs. All Novels list[edit]

I'm deleting the Mike Hammer Novels list since the all novels list notes which main character the book pertains too. Dagrrl (talk) 03:38, 11 September 2010 (UTC)

Missing Novels[edit]

I have four (4) novels that are not currently listed. If there is no objection (e.g. they were ghosted) I will add them:

  • 1963 Me, Hood
  • 1964 Return of the Hood
  • 1964 The Flier
  • 1965 Killer Mine

Paul Magnussen (talk) 23:09, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

Done. Paul Magnussen (talk) 17:07, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

Timeline issue: literary career & religious afiliation[edit]

Spillane's literary themes and story content contrasting with his Jehovah's Witness religious affiliation is often brought up. The article as it stands does mention his Jehovah's Witness affiliation, but just sticks it in - no sense of where that fit into his life, or how it contrasted (or harmonized?) with his noir themes of coruption, violence, and sex and with the hard-boiled characters who populate his novels.

To me, this begs for a little bit of work. At what point in Spillane's life & career did he get involved with the JWs? (Deeper question, which possibly can't be answered so easily: Did this then have any effect in what or how he wrote?) As it is now, the mention of his affiliation is just a puzzling non sequitor.Joel Russ (talk) 15:19, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

Seven of the top 15?[edit]

I've removed the claim that "In 1980, Spillane was responsible for seven of the top 15 all-time best-selling fiction titles in the US."

There are two problems with this:

1. No citation. 2. What does "In 1980" mean? That during 1980 Spillane had sales figures to make him still popular? During the 1980s? Before 1980? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Guyburns (talkcontribs) 03:07, 7 August 2015 (UTC)