Re: RARA-AVIS: Mike Hammer's strength and heroism

From: Bill Crider (
Date: 17 May 2004

MrT said: "That would presuppose a very primitive reader. Since the stuff came out long before my time, I cannot say how readers in the fifties reacted. Some critics thought it was primitive and adolescent, though."

Well, being an Old Guy, I was around in the fifties. And in fact, I was pretty primitive (and definitely adolescent and certainly no critic) at the time. I still remember when a friend of mine named John Black parked his pick-up in front of my house and started honking the horn. When I went outside, he handed me a copy of KISS ME, DEADLY and said, "You gotta read this!" So while he drove around town, I read the first few pages. I didn't know a thing about Art, but I knew what I liked, and Spillane was giving me something I liked. (I don't know how old I was, as John got his driver's license when we were 14. Could have been any time after that until I was 18.)

Bill Crider

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