Mickey Spillane was born 9 March 1918, and died 17 July 2006
Mickey Spillane Writing Quotes
- I was one of the first guys writing comic books, I wrote Captain America, with guys like Stan Lee.
- I’m 82 years old, wherever I go everybody knows me, but here’s why… I’m a merchandiser, I’m not just a writer, I stay in every avenue you can think of.
- Hemingway hated me. I sold 200 million books, and he didn’t. Of course most of mine sold for 25 cents, but still… you look at all this stuff with a grain of salt.
- I wrote the original Mike Hammer as a comic, Mike Danger.
- I’m a commercial writer, not an author. Margaret Mitchell was an author. She wrote one book.
- If you’re a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he’s good, the older he gets, the better he writes.
- Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it’s a let down, they won’t buy any more. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.
- Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviare.
- When I started the paperback market, there were only a few good writers, now the market’s loaded… you don’t know which one to take.
- If the public likes you, you’re good. Shakespeare was a common, down-to-earth writer in his day.
Mickey Spillane was an American author of crime novels, many featuring Mike Hammer. More than 225 million copies of his books have sold internationally.
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