My Scrapbook S.S. Van Dine for Hiram Walker Gin Here’s another example of Madison Avenue invading the Shamus Game, in this 1938 newspaper ad featuring bestselling American mystery author S.S. Van Dine for Hiram Walker Gin. It joins such classic examples as Kookie from 77 Sunset Strip shilling for for Harley-Davidson and Sam Spade playing … Continue reading My Scrapbook: S.S. Van Dine for Hiram Walker Gin
My Scrapbook "I'll Have a Double" A long while back, Jeff Pierce, that rompin' stompin' international Man of Mystery and the head honcho over at The Rap Sheet, peeled the lid back on one of many nasty little truths of the publishing industry that nobody likes to admit: their covers often suck. Startling news, I … Continue reading My Scrapbook: That Double Vision Got the Best of Me
It Ain't All Booze, Bullets and Babes...(or "How Two Wrights Make a Wrong") Folks send me stuff all the time, but this clipping sent to me from John Larsen from the January 22, 2021 Chicago Tribune just really stuck in my craw. It's one hell of a way for a hardworking gumshoe to start off the … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Be Careful Out There!
My Scrapbook Owen Smith Does BART (Another one rides the bus) “I like the idea of reading a book and losing yourself on your train ride.” -- Owen Smith Four years after artist Owen Smith was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission to do a series of paintings to create a series of posters, Dashiell Hammett’s … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Owen Smith Does BART
My Scrapbook Dashiell Hammett’s San Francisco by Owen Smith In 2008, artist Owen Smith was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission to do a series of paintings to create a series of posters, Dashiell Hammett’s San Francisco, for their annual “Art on Market Street” poster series. The over-sized posters featured moments and characters from Hammett's The … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Dashiell Hammett’s San Francisco by Owen Smith
My Scrapbook Crime Illustrated Crime Illustrated was a short-lived magazine from 1955-56 which lived in a weird area somewhere between the pulps and comic books. It promised "Adult Suspense Stories" and boldly claimed to have invented "PICTO-FICTION: A New Form of Adult Entertainment." Uh-huh... It was printed on pulp paper, looked to be about pulp … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Crime Illustrated
A Cornucopia of Tear Sheets, Illustrations, Photos, Scribbles & Other Crap That I Think is Cool S.S. Van Dine for Hiram Walker Gin "I'll Be Waiting" Chandler Cracks The Saturday Evening Post. Illustrations by Hy Rubin. "By Heart" by Emily St. John Mandel Garfield's Babes & Bullets Production Cel The Hard-boiledness Scale Ten Hard-boiled Dicks, … Continue reading My Scrapbook (Index)
My Scrapbook "The Private Eye Who Couldn't See" Front cover for August-September 1952 issue of Gang Busters I came across the cover while looking, as is the way of the internet, for something completely different. I have, like, zero idea what the story of "The Private Eye Who Couldn't See" is, but that cover just intrigues the … Continue reading My Scrapbook: “The Private Eye Who Couldn’t See”
My Scrapbook A Seasonal Greeting Card from the Charleses Super-Fun-Pak Comix by Ruben Bolling for January 24, 2020 I dunno. There's just something really goofy about this one--the idea of Joe Mannix, the iconic TV eye, drifting around the universe like some tweed-jacketed piece of space debris, that appeals to me. I was pointed to … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Mannix in Space
My Scrapbook One of my favourite caricatures of Joe Mannix (Mike Connors). By master cartoonist Pete Emslie. Ottawa-born Pete Emslie published this caricature of Mike Connors (and a great little bio) for the actor's 88th birthday on his blog, The Cartoon Cave, and admitted that Mannix was "a TV favourite of mine that I've long wanted to … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Pete Emslie Does Joe Mannix!