Fred Iger

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Fred Iger
Born (1924-07-12) July 12, 1924 (age 91)[1]
Occupation American Comics Group owner
National Periodical Publications co-owner (1948–1961)
Spouse(s) Sonia Donenfeld (1943 – c. 1962)
Arlene (c. 1962 — ?)
Relatives Harry Donenfeld (father-in-law)

Frederick H. Iger was an American comic book publisher,[2] associated for many years with the media figure Harry Donenfeld. (Iger's first marriage was to Donenfeld's daughter, and his second marriage was to Donenfeld's ex-daughter-in-law.) Iger was an owner of American Comics Group from 1943 to 1967,[2] and co-owner of National Periodical Publications (otherwise known as DC Comics) from 1948–1961.

Iger is not related to pioneering comic-book packager Jerry Iger.

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

Iger started out as a radio producer, working with Robert Maxwell from c. 1939 to 1941,[2] including on The Adventures of Superman radio show.

Sangor Studio and American Comics Group[edit]

In 1940 Iger joined Benjamin W. Sangor's "Sangor Shop" until 1943. (Harry Donenfeld was co-owner of the studio during this period as well,[2] up until the early 1960s, though he was severely incapacitated and out of the business after an accident in 1962).[3] Sangor started American Comics Group (ACG) in 1943, and in 1947 Iger bought in (thanks to his father-in-law Donenfeld).[4] At ACG during this period Iger edited, ordered paper, negotiated with printers, and did the taxes.[citation needed] His title was Business Manager and, later, Publisher.[citation needed]

In 1955, Iger bought out Sangor's share from his widow Francis[5] (Sangor having died c. 1953[6] or 1955;[7] sources differ) becoming sole owner of ACG for the rest of the company history.

DC Comics[edit]

Iger's father-in-law Donenfeld staked Iger again in 1948, when Iger was made a co-owner of National Periodical Publications, a major part of Donenfeld's comic book empire. Iger's association with DC ended in 1961,[2] when the company went public.

Later career[edit]

In the mid-1990s, Iger owned the commercial photo board company Film Reproductions, from 1993 to 1997.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Iger was married twice, the first time from 1943 to c. 1962 to Sonia "Peachy" Donenfeld, daughter of Harry Donenfeld. His second marriage[8] was to a woman named Arlene, the ex-wife of Harry's son Irwin.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vance, Michael, ed. (1996). Forbidden Adventures: The History of the American Comics Group. Jan 1, 1996: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0313296782. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Bails, Jerry; Ware, Hames, eds. "Iger, Fred". Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. 
  3. ^ "Donenfeld, Harry" at Bails, Ware
  4. ^ Jones, Gerard. Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book (Basic Books, 2004), p. 222.
  5. ^ "Sangor, Francis" [sic], at Bails, Ware
  6. ^ "Sangor, Ben" at Bails, Ware. Archived March 30, 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Vance, Michael (1996). Forbidden Adventures: The History of the American Comics Group. Greenwood Press. p. 8. ISBN 0-313-29678-2. 
  8. ^ Irwin Donenfeld entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
  9. ^ "Donenfeld, Sonia" at Bails, Ware

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