Jesse Francis McComas editor extraordinaire

Posted on 9 June 2010. Filed under: Authors |

Born on this day (9th of June) back in 1910 was Jesse Francis McComas. I’m sure his parents had no idea of the heights he’d reach in publishing and without better resources I can’t begin to find out at what point he became interested in writing and publishing but it happened at some point in his life.

McComas was a salesman and editorial representative for Random House starting from 1941, spent some time as the Pacific Coast editorial representative for Henry Holt and Company and also some time with Simon and Schuster as their Northern California sales manager and general editorial representative. He co-edited the anthology, Adventures in Time and Space with Raymond J. Healy in 1946 and along with Anthony Boucher was the co-founding editor of The Magazine of Fantasy which later became the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

As if this wasn’t enough he also wrote under the pseudonym of Webb Marlowe. The two books I know he wrote are Shock Treatment (1954) and Parallel in )1955).


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