Saber Books was the second bookline of Sanford Aday and Wallace de Ortega Maxey, following quickly on the heels of Fabian Books (and one of a half-dozen book lines to emerge from the Fresno-based publishing operation of Aday and Maxey). Along with the Saber line, there were also its forerunner Fabian, and follow-ups Tropic, National Library Books (NLB), Paragon and Vega. Both an author as well as the chief editor and publisher, Aday established Fabian in 1952 (which was early in the realm of sleaze paperbacks), issuing tortured novels of his own for a short while, until branching out and publishing the works of others, including sleaze scribes Eve Linkletter, John Nemec, Roger Blake, nascent food critic Lou Hogan, and astrologer Sydney Omarr. Aday ran famously afoul of the law in 1963 when he was convicted in a Michigan pornography trial for shipping across state lines the notorious 1959 Oscar Peck novel SEX LIFE OF A COP (Saber #11). One wonders had the titular subject had been a grocery clerk, bell-hop, or insurance saleman, if the sentence of 25 years might have been somewhat less. The Saber books ran through as late as 1973. Bill Edwards was the primary cover artist for the line, and his models usually bear a striking resemblance to Tina Louise with mole placement nearly identical!
The books were produced with the thinnest of paper stock. Both the glossy covers and the paper pages are remarkable light-weight are unfortuantely susceptible to chipping and tearing.
Offices were listed as: 2919 East Belmont Avenue, Fresno 1, California
Be sure to cross-check the "Writers" and "Artists" and "Themes" areas also!
New books will be added as they become available.