Flashback: Brian Azzarello’s 100 Bullets: An Appreciation Jul13

Flashback: Brian Azzarello’s 100 Bullets: An Appre...

This originally appeared in issue 8 (Sept/Oct 2005) SHOOT TO THRILL: Brian Azzarello’s 100 Bullets: An Appreciation by Duane Swierczynski Hardboiled comic fans are a rare breed; tough guys don’t usually do funnybooks. Yeah, yeah, I know—Mickey Spillane got his start in the comics, and his illustrated private eye Mike Danger eventually begat Mike Hammer. Batman calls himself a “detective,” and he’s certainly tough, but there’s all that fetishistic rubber to deal with. (Not knocking Christopher Nolan’s reimagining of the series, though—that was cool.) And while Sin City has been around since the early 1990s, I’m willing to bet you never heard...

Flashback: CALL IT MURDER IF YOU LIKE: RACE WILLIAMS AS CREATED BY CARROLL JOHN DALY Jul06

Flashback: CALL IT MURDER IF YOU LIKE: RACE WILLIA...

This originally appeared in issue 8 (Sept/Oct 2005) CALL IT MURDER IF YOU LIKE: RACE WILLIAMS AS CREATED BY CARROLL JOHN DALY By Gary Warren Niebuhr Carroll John Daly (1889-1958) is credited with being the father of the private eye novel. When the short story “The False Burton Combs” appeared in BLACK MASK MAGAZINE (December, 1922), it heralded a new type of character: a nameless professional detective independent of the police force, identified as a “gentleman adventurer.” Three Gun Terry Mack, featured in the BLACK MASK (May 15, 1923) story “Three Gun Terry” followed. The famous quote, “I ain’t a crook and I ain’t a dick,”...

Flashback: An Interview with David Bowker Jun29

Flashback: An Interview with David Bowker

Originally published in issue 7 (Jul/Aug 2005)   The Lord of Misrule’s Favorite Son An Interview with David Bowker By Jennifer Jordan Do a Google search for David Bowker and you’ll turn up the books and little else. Except for reviews (“Bowker’s writing is poignant, moving and funny, bristling with a new breed”; “A perfectly paced rollercoaster ride. If you care about world peace, don’t read this book”), you’ll see confusion and consternation. “I love his books but he has no web presence.” “Just who is David Bowker?” After reading every book of his I could get my greedy hands on and becoming mightily addicted to his literate,...

Flashback: Why I Love New York Jun01

Flashback: Why I Love New York

Why I Love New York By Rhys Bowen First published in issue 6 Until I started writing a mystery series set in New York in the year 1901, I never really noticed the city around me. I visited, took taxis, ate, had meetings, saw shows, shopped and left again. Now that New York is the place I write about, my senses are fine-tuned. In an apparently modern city of skyscrapers and speed, so much of that turn-of-the-century New York still exists. It is exciting to walk along Canal Street into the Lower East Side, and see streets still cobbled with the old granite blocks, tenements that would have housed immigrant families, corners on which gangs...

Flashback: You Aren’t What You Eat Apr27

Flashback: You Aren’t What You Eat

You aren’t what you eat Simon Kernick June 2004   The thing about food is that when you’re at an age that you can gobble up as much of the stuff as you like without putting on a pound in weight, you never appreciate it. Then, when you get a bit older and learn to love the taste, texture and smell of the various exotic dishes on offer to the consumers of the Western World, it’s all too damn late. You’ve got to watch your diet. It’s one of life’s great disappointments, like getting married for regular sex.   When I was younger, back in my teens and twenties, I ate crap. Burgers, potato chips, pies, pizzas- the sort of food you only...