RARA-AVIS: Re:The Golden Age of American Crime Fiction

From: Michael Sharp ( msharp@binghamton.edu)
Date: 01 May 2008

I stopped listening to the Penzler interview when he said flatly and without explanation that he didn't read comics or graphic novels. Some of the best, most innovative crime fiction of the past quarter century has been in comics. Moore and Gibbons' Watchmen, most of Frank Miller's work, David Lapham's extraordinary Stray Bullets, etc. And, I mean, Spillane got his start writing for comics, didn't he? Why would someone who is undeniably an expert on crime fiction ignore a massive and undeniably important crime fiction medium? It would be like saying "Oh, I don't watch movies." ???


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