Tags Matching: Darwyn Cooke

The Parker Portfolio.

If you don’t know by now, I am a HUGE fan of Richard Stark’s Parker, and thus am also a HUGE fan of Darwyn Cooke’s excellent adaptions. So naturally, I am constantly searching for old versions of the Parker novels. Last night, however, when I entered my customary search for “Stark, Parker”, these popped up:

I had never even known that these existed til now. Apparently they were retailer incentives, ala The Man With The Getaway Face, and as such can be pretty hard to find (no sign of volume 1 anywhere on the ‘bay right now), not to mention pricey. So to find 3 of them at once (the first seller has 2 available)… let’s just say it’s hard to pass up. So odds are I won’t. Unless I decide I need to start saving up for this…

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NY Comic Con Day One: My Highlight.

I too am recovering from this past weekends Comic Con in NYC. Unlike Pat, however, I did not have a particularly good time; certainly not as good a time as I had in past years. Friday was chill, due largely to the Professional only period that kicks off the weekend, but the only panel I was interested in on Friday this year was the Venture Brothers panel, and that was at like 8pm. Professional time kicked off at 10am. That’s way too long to be at anything, let alone what quickly became a packed Comic Con. I did, however, get to pick up two GREAT hardcovers…

Now I’ve posted about these before, but having finally held them in my hands, I gotta say… wow. This is some great looking stuff. Not just Darwyn Cooke’s artwork either, but the entire packaging of the hardcover. In fact, that’s part of why I ended up not getting the Comic Con exclusive version that Cooke was signing all weekend: they didn’t get the dust jackets for them in time (they started taking people’s addresses to mail them when they come in, but if I’m going to be honest, the fact that Donald Westlake is deceased kind of makes me not want to get them signed at all anyways. I love Cooke’s art and really admire his dedication to Westlake’s work, but it just doesn’t feel right). The other reason was that one of the many comic book stores selling their wares had low enough prices that I was able to buy both books for the price of the Comic Con exclusive version. Though we did see Cooke getting set up for the first signing, and he was wielding a paint brush, so I feel like anyone who went for the signed copy ended up with something really cool on top of the already really cool book I’m holding in my hands right now. There’s an entire section in the middle where Cooke takes on a variety of different artistic styles to describe different heists, and it’s really REALLY neat how they segue from Reader’s Digest style prose with illustrations to a sort of 60’s instruction manual style to a Hanna Barbara cartoon style and back into normal Cooke without ever losing the overall style and flow of the book.

The above retailer exclusive of The Man With The Getaway Face I am happy to say is included as a chapter in The Outfit (I expect that’s what is going to happen with The Mourner, since he included some of the set up for that book in Outfit). What that means is that you don’t need to worry about paying the ridiculous price eBay stores have it up for… the full hardcover books actually cost LESS than what these guys are asking.

What’s the next Parker book on the block for Cooke?

So psyched. The Score is one of my favorites. Like the above cover says, a dozen crooks take over one town… chaos ensues. After getting looks at Handy McCay and Grofield in Outfit, I’m really looking forward to seeing Cooke’s take on the rest of the Richard Stark (the pen name Westlake wrote the Parker novels under) rogues gallery. And I’m even more psyched to have read recent interviews with Cooke where he mentions considering doing more than just the 4 books he had planned (The Hunter, The Outfit, The Score, and Slayground).

So, so psyched.

For more information on all things Parker, be sure to check out the Violent World of Parker.

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The Man With The Getaway Face.

It just so happens that right now, I am a third of the way through one of Richard Stark’s (aka the late great Donald E Westlake) Parker novels.

That novel is The Man With The Getaway Face.

Now, I love me some Donald E Westlake, be it the grim and violent Parker novels (written under the Stark alias) or his the comedy crime capers of John Archibald Dortmunder, or any of his numerous other crime novels, comedic and otherwise.

So, between searches for more noize fodder, I started randomly skimming for old copies of Westlake/Stark novels (because let’s face it, the old 50s and 60s paperback designs are way cooler than any of the reprint designs they get assigned as time goes on). Which eventually led me to this:

Truely, my mind was blown. A Parker comic? And not just a Parker comic but a Parker comic that is intended to be a teaser for a Parker comic to come? And one adapted and drawn by Darwyn Cooke, one of the few talents in the field who I think not only captures a silver age spirit with a modern touch in his art, but also truly gets how to properly do a comic book with film noir overtones?

Tell me more, internet.

Apparently, Cooke will be adapting not just one but FOUR classic Parker novels to comics. And according to Wikipedia, Westlake himself was so impressed with the adaption of the first book (The Hunter, which you may know better as the Lee Marvin classic Point Blank, or somewhat less better as the not very classic Mel Gibson flick Payback) that he allowed the name Parker to be used in the adaptions; something he has never let a movie do, ever (Marvin was Walker and fit the role; Gibson was Porter and didn’t).

To say I’m excited would be an understatement.

In the spirit of that excitement, and for those of you who aren’t so psyched on pulp fiction and film noir and maybe prefer your comics a little more straight forward, here are a couple Cooke originals in the superhero field that are up for grabs.

And a signed Jonah Hex for good measure.

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