It was announced back at NYCC that IDW was going to republish the Parker prose novels by Donald E. Westlake writing as Richard Stark with new Darwyn Cooke illustrations. Now we are getting more information about the project.
Cooke is providing all-new illustrations for the classic Parker novels presented for the first time in a deluxe format. The series will be released in chronological order, and launch with The Hunter, the inaugural Parker story. Each book will contain 10 paintings by Cooke, and, with the design and typography overseen by the artist.
"Adapting Donald Westlake's novels into graphic novel form has been incredible, a dream come true," said Cooke, "and providing paintings that illustrate this seminal crime classic…well, it scratches a completely different kind of itch, but one just as creatively fulfilling."
Parker: The Hunter, will be available everywhere this June. But the debut of the book will come earlier as it makes a special advance unveiling on May 10th & 11th
at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Cooke, a special guest of the show, will be appearing both days to the sign the book, which features a unique dust jacket and signature plate.