Here at Age of Aces we will always try to give you as much information as we can about the authors and artists that appear in our reprints. And, of course, if you know something about any of them that we may have omitted or gotten wrong, please let us know.
Alden Spurr “Mac” McWilliams was born February 2, 1916 in Greenwich, Connecticut. His father, John McWilliams, was born 1882 in NYC of Irish ancestry. His mother, Florence L. McWilliams, was born 1886 in NYC. His parents married in 1914. They lived on the corner of North Street and Parsonage Road. His parents had two children. [...]
C. M. Miller’s life is something of a mystery. In trying to research the man behind the prolific byline, the only solid fact we have uncovered is that his name is not a pseudonym. We know this because we have a check he received in payment for the Chinese Brady story “The Rotting Death” (Dare-Devil [...]
Eugene Mabus Frandzen was born in San Diego,California on April 13, 1893. His father, who was also named Eugene Frandzen, was born in Texas to Danish and German immigrant farmers. His father ran a printing press business in San Diego. His mother, Charlotte Elizabeth Davies, was born in Wales. There were three children in the [...]
Frederick Manley Blakeslee was born in Buffalo, New York on December 4, 1898. Buffalo was a massive rail center with over thirty different lines moving rail passengers and freight throughout the country. It was also the head end of the Erie Canal. The canal begins in Buffalo and carries ships eastward to connect with the [...]
Harold F. Cruickshank (1893-1965) was a popular writer throughout the Golden Age of pulp fiction. He was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. Unlike many Canadian pulpsters, who eventually moved south to be closer to their primary markets, Cruickshank chose to remain with family and friends in his native country. He was, in fact, a [...]
John Gould (1906-1996) was born in Worcester, Mass., and grew up in Brooklyn, where he was childhood friends with Walter Baumhofer, future Doc Savage cover artist. In fact, when he failed to get into any engineering programs, he went to Pratt Art Institute a year behind Baumhofer. After college they rented studio space together along with [...]
John Newton Howitt (1885-1958), a graduate of the Art Students League (other grads: Homer, Gibson, Pyle), started working professionally in 1907 as a painter of portraits, landscapes, and covers, and an illustrator of interior artwork for many “slick” magazines as well. Howitt had a parallel career as a fine artist, even exhibiting his work in [...]
Norvell W. Page (1906-1961) grew up in Richmond, Virginia, the son of an executive at the Wurlitzer Music Company, and the great-grandson of the Governor of Williamsburg. He attended William & Mary College in Virginia, where he met his future wife, Audrey Rohr. He had already started his career as a newspaperman at 18, working [...]
According to pulp historian Don Hutchison, Ralph Oppenheim had never even been in an airplane, despite turning out a huge number of air war stories for the Pulps. Hutchison also reports that Oppenheim’s stories were produced in a “fiction factory”, where a team of young writers would churn out yarns based on Oppenheim’s outlines.
Robert Jasper Hogan was born in Buskirk, New York on 4 June 1897. The son of a Dutch Reformed Minister, the family name was changed from Van Hoogen. His education began in Schenectady and led through Blair Academy prep school in New Jersey to graduation from St. Lawrence University. In the summer of 1917, he [...]
Stephen Gould Fisher was born on August, 29 1913, in Marine City, Michigan and grew up in the Los Angeles area. His mother, an actress, was often out of town. She enrolled Fisher in Oneonta Military Academy. He hated it and ran away from the school when he was sixteen and enlisted in the navy. [...]
William Edmund Barrett was born in New York City on November 16, 1900. His parents, John and Eleanor Barrett, moved to Denver in 1916, where Bill graduated from Cathedral High School. Two years before moving to Colorado, Bill sold his first piece of writing, a poem, and was thus following in his father’s footsteps. He [...]