Monday, 25 July 2016

PARKER...WELL DONE (AND YOU TOO, DARWYN)...


Images copyright IDW PUBLISHING

Something I discovered only recently is this series of books by
RICHARD STARK (pseudonym of DONALD E. WESTLAKE)
and DARWYN COOKE, the latter having adapted and illustrated
the former's novels about hard-as-nails master thief PARKER -
not to be confused with LADY PENELOPE's chauffeur.

Graphic novels in the truest sense, Darwyn Cooke was initially
contracted to adapt  four books, which was then extended to five,
but, alas, the fifth one never happened.  The four he did do 'though,
are riveting reading, and I'm looking forward to starting the original
novel of The HUNTER, for which he provided full-colour illustra-
tions.  IDW intended that he'd illustrate all 16 Parker books, but
disappointing sales of the first put paid to further editions.

Available from FORBIDDEN PLANET and all good book-
shops, add them to your Darwyn Cooke collection today.








4 comments:

Graham said...

I've read The Hunter and The Outfit and really enjoyed both of them. I wish he'd gotten to do them all.

Kid said...

Yeah, G, that would've been some set to have in one's own personal library, eh?

Colin Brown said...

Hi Kid
Just to clarify, Darwyn never intended to adapt all 16 original Parker books. The contract was originally only for 4, but was extended. The next one was to be Butchers Moon which was the last of the 16 and would have been epic, being the longest and one of the best of the series. Westlake returned to the character decades later for another series of 8 before passing away. There are also 4 books about the Grofield character.
You're right about the intention to release illustrated editions of the whole original series but the first one made a loss and they stopped. The first two graphic novels were packaged into a big beautiful slipcased edition with tons of extras called Parker The Martini Edition and I would recommend that to anyone interested in collecting Darwyn's work.

Kid said...

Ah, right, CB. I must've mixed up the intention for the hardback novels with the plan for the graphic novels as well. I'll amend the text. Ta much.

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