Born: 1939 March 17 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 2017 July 23 in New York City, New York, United States
Biography: Florence Steinberg was a publisher of one of the first independent comic books, the underground/alternative comics hybrid Big Apple Comix, in 1975.
During the 1960s, she was hired as Stan Lee's secretary at a time when he was the only full time employee, making her the second member of the Marvel Bullpen. In addition to serving as Lee's secretary, Steinberg coordinated with and cajoled artists to turn their work in by deadline, responded to fans' letters, including sending paying members the Merry Marvel Marching Society fan-club kit, and sending artwork to the Comics Code Authority to be examined in order to carry the industry's self-censorship Comics Code seal. She also had to field uninvited fans who would appear at the office, hoping to meet the comics creators.
Steinberg became exposed to the underground comix scene after meeting and becoming friends with Trina Robbins, who had come to the Marvel offices to interview Lee. Through her, Steinberg became acquainted with contributors to the New York City alternative paper the East Village Other, and met underground cartoonists.
In 1975, Steinberg published Big Apple Comix, a seminal link between underground comix and modern-day independent comics, with contributors including such mainstream talents as Neal Adams, Archie Goodwin, Denny O'Neil, Al Williamson, and Wally Wood.
As of 1984, she was managing editor of the Manhattan-based Arts Magazine. In the 1990s, Steinberg returned to work for Marvel as a proofreader, and continued in that role at least part-time through 2017.
Notes: To be confirmed against the Who's Who entry.
University of Massachusetts ? to ?
Notes: Liberal arts degree.