Max Allan Collins
|Born||March 3, 1948|
Muscatine, Iowa, U.S.
|Pen name||Barbara Allan, Patrick Culhane|
|Genre||Mystery in the following media: novels, screenplays, comic books, comic strips, short stories, and historical fiction.|
|Notable awards||Inkpot Award 1982|
Shamus Award 1984 and 1992
Max Allan Collins (born March 3, 1948) is an American mystery writer, noted for his graphic novels. His work has been published in several formats and his Road to Perdition series was the basis for a film of the same name. He wrote the Dick Tracy newspaper strip for many years and has produced numerous novels featuring the character as well.
Collins has written novels, screenplays, comic books, comic strips, trading cards, short stories, movie novelizations and historical fiction. He wrote the graphic novel Road to Perdition (which was developed into a film in 2002), created the comic book private eye Ms. Tree, and took over writing the Dick Tracy comic strip from creator Chester Gould. Collins briefly wrote the Batman comic book in 1987 and crafted a new origin for the Jason Todd character. Collins and artist Terry Beatty created Wild Dog at DC that same year in a self-titled limited series. The character later appeared as a feature in the Action Comics Weekly anthology. As of 2016, Wild Dog became a recurring character in the Arrow television series and is portrayed by actor Rick Gonzalez.
Another Collins contribution to the Batman franchise was scripting the English-language translation of Batman: Child of Dreams in 2003. He wrote books to expand on the Dark Angel TV series. He has written books and comics based on the TV series franchise CSI. In 2006 he wrote Buried Deep (also released as "Bones Buried Deep"), based on the TV series Bones.
He has written two sequel novels to Road to Perdition: Road to Purgatory and Road to Paradise. He wrote three more graphic novels starring the characters from Road to Perdition. These graphic novels, called collectively On the Road to Perdition, form the basis of the film.
He co-founded the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers with Lee Goldberg. The IAMTW is an organization for writers of tie-ins and novelizations.
Collins studied in the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.
Collins is a fan of the mystery writer Mickey Spillane from childhood and later became friends with him. The two collaborated on a comic book series in the 1990s called Mike Danger. Upon Spillane's death in 2006, Collins was entrusted to finish several uncompleted works by Spillane including Dead Street, The Goliath Bone, and The Big Bang.
In 2021, he and Canadian actor/writer Dave Thomas teamed to write the sci-fi mystery novel, The Many Lives of Jimmy Leighton. 
In addition to his work as a writer, Collins has written and directed four movies: Mommy, Mommy 2: Mommy's Day, Real Time: Siege at Lucas Street Market, and Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life (based on his Edgar Award–nominated play). All four were produced independently on location in Collins' hometown of Muscatine, Iowa. The first three are available on DVD — separately or in the Black Box set — from Troma Team Video, and the Ness film is distributed by VCI Entertainment. The DVD release of 'Real Time: Siege at Lucas Street Market' being notable for being one of the first films to take advantage of the multi-angle feature on DVD players, thus giving viewers the opportunity to watch the story unfold from different viewpoints.
Collins has written and performed music with his rock band, Crusin'.
Collins is a Democrat, describing his political views thus: "I think of myself as slightly left of center, but my father thought of himself as slightly right of center, when he was slightly right of Genghis Khan. So who knows? I do know that I veer left when the right is getting out of hand, which they frequently do."
Collins and his wife, Barbara, have a son, Nathan.
Collins received an Inkpot Award in 1982. He won the Shamus Award in 1984 and 1992.
This series features a former U.S. Marine sniper turned professional assassin after returning from the Vietnam War in 1973.
Cinemax has created a TV adaptation of Quarry. Written by Michael D. Fuller and Graham Gordy based loosely on the book series, the project centers on a Marine marksman who, upon returning home from Vietnam in 1972, finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. The disillusioned vet is quickly recruited into a network of contract killers and corruption spanning the Mississippi River. The show was cancelled in May 2017.
This series features a professional thief, similar to and apparently inspired by Richard Stark's "Parker" character, who operates in the Midwest.
The Mallory series is about a mystery writer in Iowa who solves crimes.
Collins' longest running series and arguably his best known work is his Nathan Heller series. Heller is a Chicago private investigator who gets involved in famous crimes and meets famous people of the 1930s and 1940s, including Orson Welles, Frank Nitti, and Sally Rand. The first novel in this historical fiction series, True Detective, won the 1984 Shamus Award for Best P.I. Hardcover from the Private Eye Writers of America. Collins won his second Shamus in 1992 for the Heller novel Stolen Away, an account of the Lindbergh kidnapping. His 1999 novel Flying Blind sees Heller investigate the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, along the way becoming romantically involved with her. With the release of Chicago Confidential, Collins moved the action into the 1950s. Target Lancer, about an alleged attempt to assassinate John F. Kennedy in Chicago just weeks before the actual assassination in Dallas, was published in November 2012.
This series of novels is about real life Untouchable Eliot Ness's career as Director of Public Safety in Cleveland.
Main article: Dick Tracy
|Road to Perdition||Max Allan Collins with Richard Piers Rayner||June 1998|
|Road to Perdition Movie tie-in novel||Max Allan Collins||June 2002|
|On the Road to Perdition Book 1: Oasis||Max Allan Collins with José Luis García-López and Josef Rubinstein||May 2003|
|On the Road to Perdition Book 2: Sanctuary||Max Allan Collins with José Luis García-López and Steve Lieber||December 2003|
|On the Road to Perdition Book 3: Detour||Max Allan Collins with José Luis García-López and Steve Lieber||July 2004|
|Road to Perdition: On the Road (*)||Max Allan Collins with José Luis García-López and Josef Rubinstein/Steve Lieber||December 2004|
|Road to Purgatory||Max Allan Collins||December 2004|
|Road to Paradise||Max Allan Collins||December 2005|
|Return to Perdition||Max Allan Collins||August 2011|
|Road to Perdition: The New Expanded Edition (Novel)||Max Allan Collins||November 2016|
(*) Note: Road to Perdition: On the Road, is a single-volume collection of On the Road to Perdition Books 1–3.
Main article: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
|Double Dealer||Max Allan Collins||November 2001|
|Sin City||Max Allan Collins||October 2002|
|Cold Burn||Max Allan Collins||April 2003|
|Body of Evidence||Max Allan Collins||November 2003|
|Grave Matters||Max Allan Collins||October 2004|
|Binding Ties||Max Allan Collins||April 2005|
|Killing Game||Max Allan Collins||November 2005|
|Snake Eyes||Max Allan Collins||September 2006|
|Mortal Wounds *||Max Allan Collins||October 2006|
Main article: CSI: Miami
|Florida Getaway||Max Allan Collins||August 1, 2003|
|Heat Wave||Max Allan Collins||July 5, 2004|
|Exotic Racing Bombers Of Death||Max Allan Collins||June 19, 2003|
Main article: Criminal Minds
|Jump Cut||Max Allan Collins||November 6, 2007|
|Killer Profile||Max Allan Collins||May 6, 2008|
|Finishing School||Max Allan Collins||November 4, 2008|
A mystery series set in and around the American comic book industry during the tail end of the Golden Age of Comic Books
Main article: Mickey Spillane
Collins teamed with artist Terry Beatty to introduce Ms. Tree in the first issue of Eclipse Magazine (May, 1981).
Jason Todd's origin had been a virtual carbon copy of Dick Grayson's. However, with the clean slate offered by Crisis on Infinite Earths, writer Max Allan Collins decided to make the characters more different.
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Wild Dog was introduced at the beginning of Arrow Season 5.
Crusin’s lead singer and keyboardist Max Allan Collins is better known to fans as a prolific author of novels, short stories and comic books.