About Leo Margulies
Leo was hired at 19 when he was at Columbia University, by a top editor at Munsey Magazines, in 1919. It was then the largest publisher of pulps magazines.
Thirteen years later, he was the editor-in-chief of Standard Magazines, eventually editing over 55 titles. He had worked at three companies and ran three literary agencies.
At Standard Magazines, Leo and his boss Ned Pines published Phantom Detective, Popular Detective, Popular Western, Ranch Romances, Texas Rangers, Thrilling Adventures, Thrilling Detective, Thrilling Love, Thrilling Western, and many other pulp magazines. Writers included Louis L'Amour, Ray Bradbury, Brett Halliday, L. Ron Hubbard, Johnston McCulley and Isaac Asimov. The company published reprints of books under the brand names of Gateway Books, Hampton Publishing, and Popular Library.
During World War II, Margulies was a correspondent, in the Pacific, and was aboard the USS Missouri when Japan surrendered. Then his adventures in Japan gave him mind-boggling experiences.
He later established his own companies - most famously Renown Publications, which published Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, one of the most successful crime magazines. He bought the name of Zane Grey and published the author's stories and others for many years. He was a master anthologist, publishing 36 anthologies over a thirty-five-year span. Leo's wife, Cylvia Kleinman Margulies, was his co-worker and editor in these endeavors, which lasted for twenty-five years.