Hardboiled crime fiction refers to a literary style pioneered by Dashiell Hammett in the late 1920s and refined by Raymond Chandler beginning in the late 1930s, but it refers also to one of John Woo's films and a superb comic by Geoff Darrow.
The name Hardboiled comes from a colloquial phrase of understatement. For an egg, to be hardboiled is to be comparatively tough. The hardboiled detective epitomized by Hammet's Sam Spade and Chandler's Philip Marlowe not only solves mysteries.
Dashiell Hammett's short story output, as opposed to his later novels, is very uneven. In his short stories he dwells heavily on the cliches of 1920s pulp fiction, especially on the theme of the Super-Crook or Master Criminal.
Raymond Chandler's novels have been adapted for film, most notably The Big Sleep (1946), directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Novelist William Faulkner also received a screenwriting credit for this film.
John Woo's most famous movies would be The Killer (Die xue shuang xiong) (1989), which brought Woo international recognition. Often named as the best Hong Kong movie ever made, it was widely praised by critics and fans for its action sequences, acting and cinematography,
Geof Darrow is a comic artist and designer born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. His distinctive style is meticulously detailed, embodying many elements of Japanese culture (giant fire-breathing lizards feature heavily), blended with the chrome clad style of 1950's Americana.
This one here is my interpretation of the Hardboiled item: a custom Hardboiled theme for download.