Born: 1898 February 25 in Winchendon, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1971 September 24 in Brewster, Massachusetts, United States
Biography: Additional biographical material found in:
American Daredevil: Comics, Communism, and the Battles of Lev Gleason (Chapterhouse Publishing Inc.) by Brett Dakin, 2020;
Comic Book Marketplace (Gary Carter, 1981 series) #v1#4 (August 1991).
Lev Gleason was hired in 1925 to sell advertising for and later in 1931, was the advertising director for The Open Road for Boys (Open Road Publishing Company, 1925 series). Gleason worked under Harry Wildenberg as advertising manager in the Manhattan office of Eastern Color from 1932 to circa 1934. At Eastern Color, Lev was a part of the team that created Gulf Comic Weekly (Gulf Oil Company, 1933 series).
He worked as an editor for United Feature Syndicate in 1936, where he created and edited Tip Top Comics (United Feature, 1936 series). While at United Feature, Lev Gleason was one of those who rejected the submission of Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. In 1940, he partnered with Dan Gillmor on a newsmagazine Friday (Friday, Inc.) where he worked as its circulation manager from March 15, 1940 to June 27, 1941.
In 1941, Gleason started his own comic book company, working as its treasurer in 1941 and its publisher from 1942 to 1956. He did support work as an editor on Captain Battle Comics and Daredevil Comics in 1941. He also published the digest Picture Scope, from October 1942 to July 1944, then renamed as Reader's Scope, from August 1944 to July 1948. From November 1, 1945 to September 28, 1951, Gleason was the publisher of the New Castle News (New Castle Township, New York) newspaper.
He also published several paperback books and the magazines Salute (from 1946 to 1948), Scoop (in 1941), and Unbelievable (in 1940).
Lev Gleason worked in real estate after the end of his publishing career until his retirement in 1969.
Harvard University 1916 to 1920
Notes: Did not graduate. There was a break in his time at Harvard for service in the U.S. Army from 1917 to September 1919, but he was still considered a member of the Class of 1920 by Harvard and its alumni.
Spanish Refugee Appeal Board Type: member
Association of Comic Magazine Publishers (ACMP)
Duration: 1949? - 1951?
Notes: Gleason was a board member and elected president of the association in 1949.