(1920-1998) UK publisher, senior partner at John Spencer and Co, best known for its Badger Books imprint. With his fellow-publisher Maurice Nahum (1916-1994), Assael co-edited the four 1950s Spencer magazines given separate entries in this encyclopedia: Futuristic Science Stories under the pseudonym John S Manning, Tales of Tomorrow uncredited, Wonders of the Spaceways uncredited, and Worlds of Fantasy uncredited. All were juvenile, undated and of poor quality. Assael also edited some issues of Badger's Supernatural Stories under the John S Manning pseudonym.
In previous editions of this encyclopedia Assael's forename was given as Sol, which may have been a nickname; R L Fanthorpe invariably referred to him as Sol Assael, and to Maurice Nahum as Michael Nahum. [DRL/SH]
born London: 27 May 1920
died London: April 1998
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