Oddly enough, an LA Times profile of manga pioneer Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Adrian Tomine touches on the late Mickey Spillane’s wide-ranging influence:
Tatsumi’s work, appropriately, was shaped less by other Japanese comics than by local police reports and hard-boiled American novelists. “I was very moved by his descriptions,” he says, through a translator, of the work of Mickey Spillane. “For example, in a Spillane novel, a man never merely falls to the floor. Instead, he would write something like, ‘The floor rushed up and smacked me in the face.’ That sort of writing was an enormous influence on gekiga, through which I was trying to find a new mode of expression.