IDW To Publish ‘Parker’ Prose Novels Illustrated By Darwyn Cooke [NYCC 2013]
Though Darwyn Cooke‘s Eisner Award winning graphic novel adaptations of Richard Stark’s classic Parker novels are nearing their conclusion, the acclaimed cartoonist isn’t quite done with the series yet. Encouraged by Cooke, IDW will publish new deluxe hardcover versions of the novels, featuring new cover designs and illustrations by Cooke.
There have been several film adaptations of the series of crime books by Donald E. Westlake — who wrote all of the Parker titles under the pseudonym of Richard Stark — including Point Blank, Payback and most recently Parker, starring Jason Statham. But Cooke’s celebrated adaptations, along with the recent Chicago Press releases of the first 16 books in the series, have reintroduced Westlake’s amoral thief to a new audience. Unlike the Chicago Press editions, which feature a simple and uniform design, these deluxe hardcovers will have a look that echoes the design of pulp and detective novels from the era in which the stories were initially published, a move that will no doubt further endear Parker to longtime fans of the series.
The first edition, The Hunter, will go on sale in the first half of next year.