Schisgall, Oscar

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(1901-1984) Russian-born editor and author, in USA from an early age; extremely prolific in short forms, with at least 4,000 stories and articles credited, many of them for the Reader's Digest. He is of sf interest for the Baron Ixell sequence which appeared in Clues from 1927 to 1932, beginning with "The Circle of Terror" (July 1927 Clues) and ending with "The Crime of the Century" (October 1932 Clues); Baron Ixell: Crime Breaker (coll 1929) assembles earlier stories. In disguise, immensely rich, hugely clever, the Baron is a precursor of Superheroes like Doc Savage, though his adventures are relatively tame. Swastika (1939) portrays Nazi Germany in grim terms, without quite invoking the fantastic. [JC]

Oscar Schisgall

born Russia: 23 February 1901

died New York: 20 May 1984

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