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    [Mickey Spillane]. Photograph of Spillane's Inspiration for Mike Hammer's Secretary Velda. [and:] First Edition of I, the Jury. The Spillane estate identifies the woman in these photographs as Spillane's inspiration for Velda but sadly the woman's actual name is unknown. The 8 x 10 inches hand-colored photograph depicts an attractive young woman, best described by Spillane himself the first Mike Hammer novel, I, the Jury: "She had million-dollar legs, that girl, and she didn't mind showing them off. For a secretary she was an awful distraction. She kept her coal-black hair long in a page-boy cut and wore tight-fitting dresses that made me think of the curves in the Pennsylvania Highway every time I looked at her. Don't get the idea she was easy, though. I've seen her give a few punks the brush off the hard way. When it came to quick action she could whip off a shoe and crack a skull before you could bat an eye. Not only that, but she had a private op's ticket and on occasions when she went out with me on a case, packed a flat .32 automatic - and she wasn't afraid to use it. I never made a pass at her. Not that I didn't want to, but it would be striking too close to home."

    Additionally, the lot includes many original black-and-white photographs of Spillane and his muse taken at the beach, during his military career and a fabulous shot of "Velda" showing off the legendary "million-dollar legs."

    [sold with:] Mickey Spillane. I, the Jury. E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc., 1947. First edition. Octavo. 218 pages. Publisher's original black cloth lettered in red. Dust jacket. Wear to the boards with some abrading at the edges, corners and spine ends; contents with scattered light soiling; dust jacket with closed tears and small areas of loss along the edges; portion of the lower spine panel absent, otherwise a sound copy in good condition. From the estate of Mickey Spillane.


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