Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Dollar Books part II - Joe Millard

Joseph John Millard was born in Canby, Minnesota on January 14, 1908, the fourth child of rancher Frank Earnest Millard and his wife Alice A. He received his education at the Pioneer School of Business in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating in 1926, before joining an advertising agency. He subsequently worked as advertising manager on Northwest Furniture Digest in Minneapolis before becoming an account executive with Minneapolis-based Kraff Advertising Agency and Chicago-based Industrial Advertising Associates.

In Chicago, he began editing How To Sell magazine, subsequently editing and publishing National Mortician, before turning freelance as a writer in 1936.

He was a prolific contributor to pulp magazines, including Thrilling Mystery, G-Man Detective, Exciting Detective, Detective Novels Magazine, Popular Detective, RAF Aces, Exciting Western, Popular Sports, Sky Fighters, Fantastic Adventures, Amazing Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories (as N. J. Westwood) and Startling Stories in the 1940s before contributing articles to Bluebook. He eventually contributed to around 100 different magazines and some 25 trade journals, including Holiday, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping and Argosy. Joe sometimes used the alias N.J. Westwood. Joe wrote six books in the ‘Dollar’ series - For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, A Coffin Full of Dollars, The Devil’s Dollar Sign, The Million Dollar Bloodhunt and Blood for a Dirty Dollar.

Millard was married to Amy Leone Lee on February 14, 1931 and had one son. He died on February 18, 1989. - Steve Holland

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