June 15, 1915 — February 8, 2004
He was born in 1915 in New York City and in 1932, he published (co-edited by Mort Weisinger and Forrest J. Ackerman) Time Traveller, one of the first fanzines. With Weisinger he founded the Solar Sales Service literary agency in mid-1934 which represented such writers as Stanley G. Weinbaum, Robert Bloch, Alfred Bester, Ray Bradbury, and H. P. Lovecraft and was the first SF specialist agency. He helped organize the first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939. He was the inspiration for the character M. Halstead Phynn in Rocket to the Morgue.
Starting in 1944 he left his literary agency and became an editor at a predecessor of DC Comics where he spent the rest of his career, working on such titles as Batman and Superman.
He continued to be active in fandom and comics until shortly before his death. In 2000 he published his autobiography, Man of Two Worlds -- My Life in Science Fiction and Comics, co-authored with Brian Thomsen.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1984 — Forry Award
- 1985 — Pulpcon 14
- 1986 — First Fandom Hall of Fame
- 1987 — Con*Stellation VI
- 1988 — Toastmaster at MidSouthCon 7
- 1989 — Archon 13
- 1990 — 16th World Fantasy Convention
- 1991 — Rovacon 16, Big Heart Award
- 1992 — Windycon XIX, AggieCon XXIII
- 1993 — Con*Stellation XII
- 1994 — Loscon 21, AggieCon XXV, Marcon 29
- 1996 — Toastmaster at Archon 20, First Fandom Hall of Fame (for the second time), ISFiC Guest at Windycon XXIII
- 1997 — Raymond Z. Gallun Award