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Leo Edwards (center) reads to local kids in this promotional photo taken at the house on Lake Ripley.

Recent News

New Article [05.21.18]
Bob Anderson Remembers Leo Edwards, Part 2
By Bob Anderson, long time fan of Leo Edwards, recalls visiting Beanie Lee at Lake Ripley.

A Visit Home
By Thomas Lee, Leo's grandson. Published in the Cambridge News, Aug. 2008. Introspective article after a visit to Cambridge. Includes photos.

Photo of artist Bert Salg! [07.12.10]

I am thrilled to share pictures of famed artist Bert Salg. I was fortunate to connect with Bert's family. Please see more pictures and read about this remarkable man in the following article.

Bert Salg, Biography

For additional information on Bert, refer to: The Letter Section

Rare find on eBay: [11.01.08]
Andy Blake in Advertising For Sale with Dust Jacket

This is truly a rare find. Written under his own name, Edward Edson Lee, this is Leo's first published book. Only 1,500 copies were printed. The book is in extraordinarily good condition and has even has an original dust jacket.

Lee originally wrote Andy Blake in Advertising as a boys magazine as a series that was later collected for the book.

New Leo Edwards Letter and Picture! [12.30.07]


Imagine my excitement when I was contacted by someone who had an original letter from Leo. Nancy Fike writes, "I was going through my mother's things and came across a letter from Mr. Edwards to her. She had written him and he was replying to her letter. It's a very nice letter. It's dated 1938. As a young girl, my mother was a fan. She was 16 when she got letter. Her father (my grandfather) loved to write and read alot. My mother grew up with a love of reading, especially detective mysteries. My grandfather has done quite alot of writing and my brothers and I have managed to find and keep everything he wrote. He has written a couple of novels, his biography, and a book of poems."

The letter appears to be a form letter but with a personal note on the bottom and also included a signed, wallet-sized version of Leo's Grosset & Dunlap promotional picture. View scans of the envelope, letter and picture.

For additional letters, refer to: The Letter Section

New Leo Edwards Letters! [02.17.07]
I'm proud to report that we've been in contact with relatives of Bert Salg who have shared two letters (Letter one / Letter two) that reveal some fascinating insights into the relationship between the artist and Leo Ewards, including some information on a proposed radio project about Jerry Todd and his gang.

For additional letters, refer to: The Letter Section

Two Stan Lee Interviews Name Leo Edwards as Influence [02.18.07]
As Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics in the 1960s and 1970s, Stan Lee redefined the modern superhero, revived a dying industry, created a mythology and in the process became a cultural icon. With a bullpen of artists including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Stan introduced the world to Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surfer and countless others.

New Article [02.19.07]
Leo Edwards and his Giggling Pen
By Fredric Brewer. Article from The Wisconsin Academy Review, 1991.

New Article [01.15.07]
Bob Anderson Remembers Leo Edwards, Chapter 1
By Bob Anderson, long-time fan of Leo Edwards.

New Publication [10.12.03]
Utica, Illinois celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2002 and published a booklet containing a history on the town where Leo Edwards spent nine years of his youth. Read what the book has to say about Leo.

Elizabeth (Gates) Lee (1913 - 2002)
We are saddened to report the death of Elizabeth Lee, wife to Eugene "Beanie" Lee. Read her obituary here.

New Article [11.10.03]
Thanks to Rick Coleman of Utica, we received a recently published news article: Boyhood Tales: Popular author of 1920s, '30s used his memories of Utica in penning kids' book series.

New Article [10.12.03]
The Landers and Sons General Store in Utica, Illinois: Inspiration and workplace used by Leo in the Andy Blake books.

New Article [10.04.02]
We recently recieved permission from children's author, Betsy Byars, to republish her article "Leo Edwards and the Secret and Mysterious Order of the Freckled Goldfish".

Dust Jacket Cover Gallery
A real find for collectors is any book of Leo's with the original dust jacket. We assembled a gallery of all the covers.

Photo Album
Here you'll find all of the pictures from this site and more.

Leo's Shelby, OH house found![08.25.02]
Due to the investigave prowess of Fred Reid, the house that Leo lived in while in Ohio has been located.

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