Parker - Written by Richard Stark and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke

IDW Publishing proudly presents The Hunter, the first of the Parker Hardcover Series.

IDW Publishing proudly presents the first of the Parker Hardcover Series. The hunter is the seminal novel from Donald E. Westlake that electrified readers with it's revolutionary style and launched two of crime fiction's most famous bad boys; Pen name Richard Stark, and his magnetic bastard, Parker. This is the first time the entire run of Parker novels will be published in hardcover in in a deluxe format featuring color illustration plates painted by Darwyn Cooke.
The Hunter is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only one thought burning in his mind — to coldly exact his revenge and reclaim what was taken from him!
For fans of gritty in-your face crime-fiction graphic novels, there is no comparison.

Cooke brilliantly captures New York's early-'60s skyline, fashions, & cars, integrating cool gradations against black brushwork as smoothly as a jazz soundtrack. —The Village Voice
A magnificent comics recreation of Stark/Westlake's noir classic of crime & vengeance & a stylish evocation of his stony, relentless protagonist. —PW

Parker News

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Darwyn Cooke Takes Aim At The Hunter In A New Way

The First Of Donald E. Westlake's Acclaimed Parker Novels At IDW

San Diego, CA (May 2, 2014) - It's no secret that Darwyn Cooke has garnered wide acclaim, including multiple Eisner and Harvey awards, adapting Donald E. Westlake's world of Parker into graphic novels. But what should catch your attention today is that the acclaimed writer/artist is providing all-new illustrations for the classic Parker novels by Richard Stark (Westlake's pen name), 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 gorgeous paintings by Cooke, and, with the design and typography overseen by the renowned artist, this series promises to be a stylish tour-de-force.

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. For more information please visit the TCAF website:

"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."

The Hunter debuted in 1962. Stark's resilient creation would become one of the most influential American literary characters of the 20th century. The crime-infested world of Parker has been translated to the screen multiple times feature films like Point Blank,Payback, The Outfit and, most recently, One of the paintings in Parker: The Hunter Parker. Darwyn Cooke and IDW Publishing have teamed up to release four graphic novel adaptations thus far: The Hunter, The Outfit and The Score. The fourth, Slayground was released in December 2013 to high praise and critical acclaim. "I'm always amazed by Darwyn's versatility as an artist," said editor Scott Dunbier, "he brings something new to everything he does. His work on the Parker graphic novels is phenomenal, and so are the paintings he has created here for the prose novels, but they are also completely different from one another-which is a big part of the fun!"

Lauded as a classic of the genre, The Hunter follows Parker on a cold-blooded mission of revenge. Betrayed by those closest to him, Parker sets out for retribution in a world of corruption, violence, and crime. Whether you're a fan of Stark, Cooke, or both, Parker: The Hunter will be an essential addition to any library this June.

IDW Honored With Nine Eisner Award Nominations

Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014

Diverse 2013 Line Rewarded 

San Diego, CA (April 16, 2014) - The 2014 Eisner Award nominations recognized IDW Publishing with nine nominations, with books being represented in multiple categories. The prestigious award ceremony, held annually at San Diego Comic-Con International, honors exemplary work from the past year in comics.
"We're thrilled by the Eisner recognition, which once again recognizes the breadth and diversity of IDW's publishing line," said Chris Ryall, IDW's Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. "We appreciate the nominations and want to congratulate all nominees across every category, too. There's an amazing amount of great material being released every month from all publishers, and it's great to have the Eisner Awards help shine the spotlight on some of those titles."
IDW's 2014 Eisner Nominations: 
Best Adaptation from Another MediumRichard Stark's Parker: Slayground, by Donald Westlake, adapted by Darwyn Cooke
Best Archival Collection/Project-Strips:
Percy Crosby's Skippy Daily Comics, vol. 2: 1928-1930, edited by Jared Gardner and Dean Mullaney
Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, vol. 1, edited by Dean Mullaney
Best Archival Collection/Project-Comic Books:
Best of EC Artist's Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier
MAD Artist's Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier
Will Eisner's The Spirit Artist's Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier
Best LetteringDarwyn CookeRichard Stark's Parker: Slayground
Best Comics-Related BookGenius, Illustrated: The Life and Art 
of Alex Toth, by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell
Best Publication DesignGenius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, designed by Dean Mullaney
Best ColoringJordie BellaireThe Manhattan ProjectsNowhere MenZero (Image); The Massive, Pretty Deadly (Dark Horse);Tom Strong (DC); X-Files Season 10  (IDW); Captain Marvel,Journey into MysteryVenom (Marvel); Unity (Valiant)
IDW would like to thank those who made these nominations possible with their hard work, and congratulate all of the nominees for this year's Eisner Awards. 


Darwyn Cooke To Illustrate Parker Prose Novels At IDW

Sunday, Oct 13th, 2013

Donald E. Westlake's Classic Stories Accompanied By Gorgeous Paintings By Cooke

San Diego, CA (October 13, 2013) - IDW Publishing announced this morning its plan to expand their relationship with Darwyn Cooke and the Estate of Donald E. Westlake to include illustrated Parker novels. Cooke, who will continue producing his award-winning Parker graphic novel series for IDW, will now also illustrate Westlake's ground-breaking crime novels. For the first time, the Parker novels will be published in a deluxe, hardcover format, and with Cooke designing the series, as well as providing stunning color illustrations to accompany Westlake's (AKA, Richard Stark's) crime classics! The first book, The Hunter, will arrive in the first half of 2014. Additional editions will be released in chronological order thereafter.

"The Parker novels written by Donald Westlake had aprofound effect on me as a young man," said Darwyn Cooke, "to first be able to adapt them in graphic novel form, and now to illustrate his prose as well... for me, it just doesn't get much better than this."

Darwyn Cooke and IDW Publishing have released three Parker graphic novels to date, with the trio winning multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards. The fourth graphic novel, Richard Stark's Parker: Slayground, will be released in December.

Richard Stark was the most famous pseudonym of world-renowned author Donald E. Westlake. In 1962 he created the master thief Parker and began a series of novels that have been recognized as seminal works in crime fiction. Several of Westlake's books have been adapted by Hollywood, including PARKER earlier this year. He has won numerous awards for his fiction, including being named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, that prestigious society's highest honor.


Darwyn Cook: Award winning illustrator, animator, graphic Designer


Darwyn Cooke is a graphic designer and animator who turned his attention toward cartooning in the late nineties. Known primarily for his work on the DC line of superheroes, Cooke has always had an affinity for crime fiction and has often cited the Parker books as a great source of creative inspiration.

Cooke has won multiple Eisner, Harvey and Shuster awards, as well as the National Cartoonist Society's Best Series award. In 2008 Cooke was Emmy-nominated for the animated adaptation of his magnum opus, The New Frontier.

Darwyn Cook: Award winning illustrator, animator, graphic Designer

Richard Stark

Richard Stark is the most famous pseudonym of the world-renowned author Donald Westlake (1933-2008). In 1962 he created the master thief Parker and began a series of novels that have been recognized as seminal works of crime fiction. Several of Westlake’s books have been adapted by Hollywood and Westlake’s adaption of the The Grifters earned him an Academy Award nomination for best motion picture screenplay.

Westlake has won numerous awards for his fiction and in 1993 the Mystery Writers of America named him a Grand Master, the highest honor bestowed by that prestigious society.


“Deliciously brutal.”
-The New York Times

“...A masterpiece...”
-The Los Angeles Times

“As much as I love Darwyn Cooke's take on superheroes, this is the kind of stuff he was born to do.”

“Cooke's adaptation of the Westlake novels have been a high point of crime comics.”
-Todd Allen, The Beat

“I absolutely adore the new Parker books by Darwyn Cooke”
-Frank J. Barbiere, Robot 6

“Darwyn Cooke delivers another gripping illustrated epic.”
-Valerie Swayne, The Hollywood Reporter

Best Graphic Novel of the Year
-The Village Voice, 2009



Best Graphic Album - Reprint (2012) Best Short (2012)


Best Writer/Artist (2011)


Best Adaptation from Another Work (2010)



Best Graphic Album of Original Work (2013)


Best Artist (2011) Best Cartoonist (2011)


Best Cartoonist (2010)


  • Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter, illustrated by Darwyn Cooke

    Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter

  • Richard Stark's Parker: The Outfit, illustrated by Darwyn Cooke

    Richard Stark's Parker: The Outfit

  • Richard Stark's Parker:The Score, illustrated by Darwyn Cooke

    Richard Stark's Parker:The Score

  • Richard Stark's Parker: Slayground, illustrated by Darwyn Cooke

    Richard Stark's Parker: Slayground

  • Richard Stark's Parker: The Martini Edition, illustrated by Darwyn Cooke

    Richard Stark's Parker: The Martini Edition

  • Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter TPB, illustrated by Darwyn Cooke

    Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter TPB