I mentioned "well-known" authors from the 50s, which was not an evaluation of quality. The update added to the original post that captures the latest posts does add another Harry Whittington title, which means that Gary has listed both Willeford and Whittington twice.
Your comments on Facebook that I found related to Gary's posts do not include any direct statement by you to the effect of Whittington > Willeford, so I'm at a loss as to why you feel compelled to reference this in that fashion here.
Given the supercilious approach you've taken, I think it best to leave you "in the dark" regarding the extent of my crime fiction collection, as you seem comforted by the silly notion that I only have "French film noir on the brain."
I mentioned Willeford in that list because he has had more films made from his novels in recent years (including one in 2019), and because, like Goodis and Thompson, he's had (at least one) full-length bio written about him. (Emily Skinner's 13-page remembrance of Whittington doesn't quite qualify.)
My post here was in no way trying to slight Whittington or any other author of crime fiction not placed in that description. And, with all due respect--and I salute you for your early involvement with Black Lizard...I'm not changing the wording in my sentence.
But I will gladly direct everyone's attention to a very solid tribute to Whittington from Woody Haut:
And for those who want to go further into Whittington's colorful career, there are these essays at the Lynn Munroe Books site that deal with a little-known aspect of his 1960s writing output:
This last link tracks these books into genres that are a good bit more explicit than much of what appeared in the "American roman noirs" of the 1950s, so be forewarned!