Can anyone envision Sam Spade as anyone other than Humphrey Bogart? He actually is NOT how Dashiell Hammett described him in the novel The Maltese Falcon (he was blonde!), but once the movie came out, Sam Spade = Humphrey Bogart. It was one of those serendipitous casting decisions (it was supposed to be George Raft) that created an icon. And Sydney Greenstreet as the Fat Man! It was his first movie! Peter Lorre as a gay man...in 1941! No, they didn't say he was gay (that wouldn't be allowed), but that's how Hammett wrote the character in the book, and that's how Lorre played him.
My only issue with the cast was Mary Astor. If you've seen Bogart with Lauren Bacall or, my God, Ingrid Bergman, it's hard to imagine him failing for Mary Astor. That's OK though...it's not perfect; if it was, it would be Casablanca.
Done with prismacolor markers of various widths (this was before my obsession with dip pens) on 9x12 paper. I actually wasn't going to post this at all, but then I saw that some guy over in the thumbshare forum was specifically asking for artwork related to The Maltese Falcon, and it just seemed like fate.