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Reginald Thomson Eves was born in Hackney, London, on 12 December 1893, joined the Amalgamated Press in 1908, and during the First World War was assistant editor, under editor John Nix Pentelow, of the boys' story papers The Magnet and The Gem. He was impressed by the letters he received from female readers of The Magnet, and after the war, when AP were seeking to expand into new markets, he launched the girls' story paper School Friend in 1919, becoming its first editor. However, he primarily used the male writers he was familiar with from the boys' papers, like Charles Hamilton.

In the 1920s he took charge of a group of papers, including The Champion, The Rocket and The Triumph. In 1954 he was the editor of Lion, a new weekly comic launched to compete with Hulton Press' Eagle. Despite having no interest in science fiction, he was under orders from management to have a space hero to compete with Dan Dare, and commissioned "Captain Condor" from writer Frank S. Pepper. He retired in 1959, and died in Dartford, Kent, in 1972.


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