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DONENFELD, HARRY 
 Source (some data) 
  One of his close associates via Michael Feldman  
 Name and vital stats 
  DONENFELD, HARRY [1893-1965] (publisher; business)  
 Biographical 
  Moved to USA in '00 from Romania  
 Family in arts 
  Daughter: Sonia (Donenfeld) Iger  
  Son-in-law: Fred Iger  
  Son: Irwin Donenfeld  
  Wife: Gussie Donenfeld (in whose name he owned many businesses)  
 Print Media (non-comics) 
  Co-owner: 1932-34 Partner with Joe Burten [aka Joey Bernstein] in Burdon Publishing [adult magazines] > 32 33 34 
  Co-owner: Ditributing Company: 1932-65 Independent News, magazine distributor (partner: Paul Sampliner) > 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 
  Co-owner: Irwin Publishing and Griffon Novelty Co. (partner: 1930s brother Irving) > 30 31 32 32 34 35 36 37 38 39 
  President & Owner: President: 1925 Elmo Press [NYC] > 25 
  Publisher & Owner: 1930s Merwil [owner] > 30 31 32 32 34 35 36 37 38 39 
  Publisher & Owner: Partner: Frank Armer of various imprints: Valhalla (2 hardcovers) mid-30s, Culture and Trojan pulps 1934-c45 > 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 
  Publisher: Gay Broadway [pulp]  
  Publisher: Pulps 1934+ Spicy Adventure > 34 
  Publisher: Pulps: 1934+ Spicy Western > 34 
  Publisher: Pulps: 1934+ Super-Detective Stories > 34 
  Publisher: Trojan pulp: 1937 Lone Ranger > 37 
  Publisher: Trojan pulp: Don Winslow of the Navy [Merwil]  
 Other career notes 
  Secretary: Martin Printing [NYC] 1922 > 22 
 Note on comics career 
  Backed various small comics publishers through Publishers Distribution Corp., PDC; see IRVING MANHEIMER c1939-c49 > 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 
  Bought out NATIONAL ALLIED COMICS and created DC COMICS c1938 > 38 
  Partner with Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson of NATIONAL ALLIED on DETECTIVE #1; bought him out c1937 > 37 
  Principal owner of Independemt News c1935 > 35 
  Probably silent owner of AMERICAN COMICS GROUP; see BENJAMIN W. SANGOR  
  Published comics in magazines: DIANA DAW in Spicy Adventure c1934 > 34 
  Published comics in magazines: POLLY OF THE PLAINS in Spicy Western c1936 > 36 
  Published comics in magazines: SALLY SLEUTH by A. Barreaux in Spicy Detective c1934 > 34 
  Published comics in magazines: SOB SISTER SUE by Rex Maxon in Private Detective Stories c1937 > 37 
  Was severely incapacitated and out of the business after an accident c1962 > 62 
 DC COMICS 
  Support (pres/maj own/) 1937-64 [Imprint: NATIONAL PERIODICAL PUBLICATIONS] > 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 
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