I got this cartoon strip earlier today which triggered off a long forgotten memory of detective fiction.
I don’t know how many of my regular readers will remember a character called Mike Hammer. He was a detective in novels written by Mickey Spillane. I think that I have read all Mickey Spillane’s novels as during those days, there was no television or diversions other than cinema and willy nilly one read. Since I was also travelling a lot, I used to buy books in railway station book stalls and was quite well known in some of them.
There were other writers too but, this particular opening that Snoopy uses is a classic Mike Hammer one if my memory serves me right.
It is a pity that he stopped with just a few stories of that particular genre. He was very entertaining and easy to read.
Have you read Mickey Spillane? Do you think that the criticism that he got from the regular literati was justified?