The publishing world lost a legend when Leonard P. Leone Sr. passed away on July 1st, 2013 at the age of 89. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 11, 1924.
Len was the Art Director at Bantam Books for 30 years from 1955 to 1984. His innovations and the use of top illustrators helped to propel Bantam to become a giant in the paperback book world.
Len’s use of a Who’s Who list of artists included James Bama, Bob Larkin, Fred Pfeiffer, Boris Vallejo, Lou Feck, Tom Lovell, Robert Maguire, Bob Peak, Barye Phillips, Robert Abbett, Dean Cornwall, Sandy Kossin, John Berkely, Vincent DiFate, Roger Kastel, James Avati, Ron Lesser, Bernie Fuchs, Mitchell Hooks, Howard Rogers, and many, many more.
Doc Savage fans owe a huge debt of gratitude to Len as he influenced the decision to reprint the pulp stories, designed the Doc Savage logo and book lettering, hired James Bama for the art, and directed Bama to give Doc his iconic widow’s peak and musculature.
Len was a huge mentor and inspiration to Bob Larkin. "Len was like a father to me", stated Bob just hours after Len passed away at 2:10PM EST on July 1, 2013.
The world will never see another Len Leone. Thanks for all the incredible eye candy, Len, RIP.