This was a fun one to do. I wanted to illustrate a book cover that wasn’t exactly a straight up take on an American pulp crime novel cover, but was an amalgamation of several other source materials as well, particularly Italian horror movie posters of the 60s and Fumetti covers (Italian comic books). I like the lurid colors they use in the movie posters (especially those of Mario Bava and Dario Argento), which really reflect they way their movies actually look and feel. (Which is sort of unusual with movie posters that are illustrated; often times, stylistically, they look nothing like the movie they are promoting.)
The name of the fake publishing company, Diabolik, is a nod the the Bava movie Danger: Diabolik.