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Nanovic, John L

Entry updated 17 April 2023. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1906-2001) Austro-Hungarian-born US editor and author, in the USA from early childhood; Sam Moskowitz, in "Me and My Shadow" (May 1990 Pulp Vault #7), records an interview with Nanovic in which he claims to have been born in Palmerton, Pennsylvania on 7 October 1907. From 1931 he was associated with Street & Smith, for whom he edited The Shadow from 1932 to 1943 (see The Shadow); and was also involved in developing the figure of Doc Savage for the firm, writing the initial treatment which was published, long afterwards, as Doc Savage, The Supreme Adventurer (1980 chap), and editing the actual journal, Doc Savage magazine, from 1933 to 1943. He was responsible for the successful choice of Lester Dent as principal author of the series; Dent wrote most of the Doc Savage stories published under the House Name Kenneth Robeson [see this entry and the entry for the magazine Doc Savage itself for fuller details on the series]. Nanovic also edited The Avenger from September 1939 to September 1942. [JC/MA]

John Lenord Nanovic

born Vágújhely, Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire [now Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Slovakia]: 7 October 1906

died Lansdale, Pennsylvania: 9 February 2001



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