Hard Case Crime has been keeping pulp fiction alive with both reprints and new works. They’ve also been keeping the art of the good pulp cover alive with retro artwork by some of the best artists around. I’ve shared many Hard Case covers in the past. Here are some of the more recent covers to come out of Hard Case Crime:
2018 is the centennial anniversary of Mickey Spillane’s birth! Spillane got his start in comic books, then caused a sensation with his 1947 novel I, THE JURY, introducing the world to that hardest of hardboiled PI’s, Mike Hammer. Hard Case Crime, an imprint every pulp fiction fan should know about, celebrates Spillane’s birth by releasing THE LAST STAND, The Mick’s last completed novel, with a bonus unpublished novella from the early 1950’s.
Mickey’s literary executor and friend Max Allan Collins writes the introduction. Collins is no stranger to the hardboiled genre himself, having been Chester Gould’s replacement on the long-running comic strip Dick Tracy from 1977-92, author of the graphic novel ROAD TO PERDITION, and the Quarry series of books (made into a Showtime series in 2016). Since Spillane’s death in 2006, Collins has been editing and completing the writer’s (“I’m not an…
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The legendary Robert McGinnis was one of the first artist that I ever profiled on this site. At the age of 91, he is still working. Below are some of the covers that, over the past few years, he has painted for the Hard Case Crime paperback imprint:
I’ve always liked the covers of the Hard Case Crime paperbacks. Hard Case Crime is mix of reprints of classic pulp novels and new works written in the hardboiled style of old. Each novel features a cover painted in the retro style of the pulps, by artists like Michael Koelsch, Robert McGinnis, Glen Orbik, and Greg Manchess.
All of the covers below were done for Hard Case Crime by Chuck Pyle, who along with being an illustrator is also a beloved instructor at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. Click here to read a good profile of him from 2015. He sounds like the type of instructor that every artist should be lucky enough to study under.