The Press: Blend

For six years owlish, opinionated Eugene Lyons has edited the American Mercury (circ. 74,558). Lately Editor Lyons (who was the first U.S. foreign correspondent to interview Joseph Stalin and is an ex-admirer of Communist Russia) has pined for a bigger audience.

For six years bulbous, balding Alex L. Hillman has successfully competed with Macfadden and Fawcett in the lucrative magazine fields of true confessions (Real Story, Real Confessions, Real Romances) , crime (Crime Detective, Real Detective, Crime Confessions) and comics. A onetime book publisher, Alex Hillman has lately pined for prestige.

Last week the product of these combined yearnings appeared on...

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