Saturday, November 7, 2015
11/7/1950 Black Mask fires its last editor
While Black Mask started willing to publish any commercial genre it soon found its focus on hardboiled crime fiction, especially under the legendary editor Captain Joseph Shaw. Many great mystery writers found a home there including Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner, and Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon began as a serial there).
But after World War II magazines of this type started to lose their market. On this day in 1950 Black Mask fired Henry Steeger, their last editor. Steeger, by the way, was a co-founder of Popular Publications, one of the major producers of pulp magazines, including Battle Aces and Terror Tales.