Myron Fass was probably the biggest schlock meister in magazine publishing in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He published anything that would sell 20-30,000 copies and even some that didn't. His companies magazines would use public domain photos and even ones from the USSR as they wouldn't sue in the US courts. much of what he published was made up or plagiarized. Truth or facts were not important, only what sold.
His partner until the fall of 1977 was Stanley R. Harris who now publishes as Harris Publications. They both ran the company best known as Countrywide Publications together until Myron pistol whipped Stanley and they split. The magazines published by Fass became even sleazier once Harris left.
Fass was well known for capitalizing on celebrity deaths, including Martin Luther King and Elvis Presley. It was typical of them to put together a magazine over a weekend. They usually had the magazine on the stands within days. He also did unauthorized magazines on live celebrities like The Beatles, John Denver, Farrah Fawcett, Jacqueline Kennedy, Led Zepplin, and Priscilla Presley.
The comic books he published ranged from a standard format superhero (Captain Marvel), to black & white erotic magazines (Gasm) to horror reprints/cheap knockoffs like Horror Tales, Weird and Witches Tales (Eerie Publications). All cheaply done with no respect for royalties, rights, or quality. You'd think that he'd have a little more respect for comics since he once was a artist in the Golden Age.
Under at least 10 different company names, he published an uncountable number of magazines. His men's mags had titles like Jaguar, Erotica, He & She, Him & Her, Flick, Duke, Photo-rama, Pic, Photo, Poorboy, Stud, and Buccaneer.
Most of his magazines gave you a clue to their contents with their names The American Horseman, Ancient Astronauts, .44 Magnum, Acid Rock, Choopers, Clones, Crime, Cycle Illustrated, Dog Show, Gun Pro, Kong, Mobs and Their Gangs, Murder Squad Detective, Official UFO, Outdoor Sports Life, Punk Rock, Space Wars, Street Car Racer, Hall of Fame Wrestling, True War, and many, many others.
So why should you care? First, millions of people bought his magazines. He must have touched something that people wanted to know about. If we can find out what he published we have have an idea of the trends of popular culture. Since he sold so many magazines, and most people believe everything they read in print, he must have influenced millions of people.
And, there must be a ton of untold, fascinating stories from people who worked for him, just by considering the ones I heard so far.
So, if you worked there or know anything about him, I'd love to hear from you. Him and his companies are an ongoing research project for me. I'll be sure to keep you updated as I progress.