So you didn't know Mickey Spillane wrote for the comics?
Mike Hammer, embodiment of the hard- boiled detective, was originally named
Mike Danger and was to have been a comic-book hero!
Mickey Spillane was born March 9, 1918, in Brooklyn, New
York and began writing during his high school years. After graduation he
studied briefly at Kansas State Teachers College, returning to New York City to
work at Gimbel's Department Store. Bored by retail Spillane went looking for a
job closer to his passion, writing, and became an editor for Funnies, Inc., a
comics company which was later to become Marvel Comics. There he wrote scripts,
plotted stories, and wrote text fillers for features such as "Edison Bell, Boy
Inventor" and "The Human Torch".
When World War II broke out Spillane enlisted in the Air
Force, becoming a fighter pilot instructor. He married in 1945. After
completing his term of military service Spillane returned to New York, where,
needing a thousand dollars build a house, he attempted to form a new comics
company with former Funnies colleagues Ray Gill, Basil Wolverton and Mike Roy.