Darwyn Cooke’s Parker

Here it is, Darwyn Cooke’s new project from IDW Publishing, an adaptation of Richard Stark’s Parker novels, hard-boiled crime books about a professional thief.  Check out the full issue length preview, and you’ll see a stripped down, blue toned version of Cooke’s masterful cartooning.

Take a good long look, then get back here and tell us what you think.

And if you’re in the mood, there’s always our interview with Cooke from last year, shot on a bleary eyed morning after a long and late party.


  1. YES!  just read the hunter like two months ago and im dying for this!

  2. WOW. This is his best art yet.

  3. Looks fantastic

    Sorta has a Will Eisner feel to it

  4. I think when Ron reads this, he should be listening to "Eiffel 65 – Blue (da ba dee)".  If I were to get Cooke a birthday or christmas present, I would get him the deluxe crayola set, but only leave the blue crayon as a joke.

  5. I am getting this as soon as it comes out.

  6. can’t wait for this. think i’ll re-read the book as a primer.

  7. As I said before I love Darwyn Cooke’s art, I can’t wait.

  8. I’ve noticed the Parker books mentioned as an influence by a ton of today’s comics creators, maybe more than any other prose series.  It’s really cool to see them translated into this medium.  And, well, Darwyn Cooke is awesome.  Can’t wait!

  9. Looks amazing. Can’t wait.

  10. Always been a fan of Cooke.  This looks great, and right up his alley with the time period.  Looking forward to it!

  11. IDW? This is going to be expensive, isn’t it?

    Still, I love me some Cooke so I’ll keep an eye out for a decently priced copy when it comes out.

  12. I could not be more excited for this.

  13. Such a good flow and feel. Must buy

  14. Yep, I think I’ll definitely be picking this up.  Looks fantastic.

  15. I remember this being mentioned in Criminal. I wish it wasn’t IDW publishing though. They overprice probably the worst out of all the publishers.

  16. I’ve been counting down the days for this book.  It’s like Darwyn Cooke knew of my love of these great novels and his work and decided to do this just for me.  I can’t wait.

  17. 144 pages, $25. Ouch.

  18. One of my favorite artist and one of my favorite works of prose.  This looks so good.  He is doing the first three or four books of the Parker novels.


  19. I agree that the art does look fantastic.  Darwyn Cooke is probably my favorite artist working in comics today.  I have been eagerly anticipating this project since it was announced.  The only thing that concerns me is the lack of dialogue or narration on the pages.  I have never read the novel "The Hunter" but I have scene the film adaptation, "Point Blank" with Lee Marvin, the original badass in my opinion.  I understand that much of Parker’s character development is conveyed through physical action.  It is the whole inner made outer technique.  I just feel that comics are the blending of pictures and text and without a lot of text it might seem more like a film adaptation; mainly visuals.  I am definitely picking this up, but I just wanted to voice my opinion.  Also, does anyone know how many adaptations of the novels Cooke is doing?

  20. I think there will be 4.

  21. Sweet!

  22. The art reminds me of Hawaiian Dick… but more serious.  Should be fantastical.

  23. Looks great. I’m reading the Outfit right now and have been looking for something of Darwyn Cooke’s to try out

  24. I just finished "The Outfit". This adaptation is highly anticipated.

  25. I was afraid with the death of Donald Westlake recently, this project would kind of vanish, as he was heavily involved with the adaptation of his work. Westlake is my father’s favorite author of all time and he has every one of his books, so I grew up reading a ton of his work. His Parker novels (written under the name Richard Stark) are excellent and Darwyn Cooke is a perfect choice for the adaptation. I will definitely be buying two copies of this, one for me, one for my father. VERY looking forward to this.

  26. I skipped the preview pages. I’m so in love with everything Darwin does that I’m sold before I even see the project.

  27. Wow.  Is this the novel that was adapted into Payback?  The directors cut was really good and with this art I am completly sold.

  28. @Spoons

    yeah, it was made into Payback. It’s been made a few times, i believe.

  29. ‘The Hunter’ is the basis for ‘Payback’ (and I keep hearing the director’s cut of that is much better than the theatrical release).  It’s also the basis for the great great Lee Marvin fan ‘Point Blank’ — which you might remember was the name of the prequel to Brubaker’s ‘Sleeper.’  The comic Point Blank is not an adaptation of the movie Point Blank, but it definitely shares some similarities of narrative structure.


  30. The book’s not being done in full color is it?

  31. looks brillant

  32. I would buy The Illustrated Yellow Pages if it was done by Mr. Cooke.

  33. It’s a tough call but I think he’s the best artist at work right now, and I can’t wait for this.  It’s perfection, from what I can see, the best stuff he probably ever done, which is saying something.  Breathtaking

  34. I heard about this preview and plan to avoid it so that when I get this book I can go in Fresh.  I’ve been excited about this for some time.

  35. oh man i cant wait!!

  36. D.C. is one of those guys that was tailor made for a premium format! The bigger his art gets the better it gets. I will check out the issues, but give me a prestige or bigger version because he deserves it.

    PS- After watching that interview when it originally aired, you could tell that there is a lot there in that guy.

  37. thats some really pretty art.

  38. Oh man!  What can I say?  I’ve always loved Cooke’s work, but, I think he’s really at his best when he’s doing crime stories! Plus, I he has that throwback style that totally evokes the graphic sensibilities of the 60’s.

    I really hope they keep the book as is art wise.  It’s a glorious thing to see a man so into his craft that when he pushes he own boundaries you get something wonderful. 

    I hope he keeps reaching and stretching what the art form can do.  I love the fact that you don’t get a good look at the character until you see his reflection in the bathroom. 

    AHHH!!  I’m definitely picking this one up!!!

  39. OMG! I want it now! I love Cooke’s work and can’t wait to get my hands on this.

    It better not suck, but by the looks of the ad on page one, IDW’s spending some money on this bad boy–hopefully they don’t dissapoint.

    I agree with miyamotofreak, 25$ is a little steep for a 144 pg book, however if I could consider it art my issues are laid to rest.