Mickey Spillane was born in 1918 Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey of an Irish father and Scottish mother. He started writing in high school. He concocted adventures for major 1940s comic book characters, including Captain Marvel, Superman and Batman. Many of his thrillers featured his signature detective Mike Hammer. By 1980 Spillane was responsible for seven of the top fifteen all-time bestselling fiction titles in America. He died in 2006.