Bio: Robert Jasper Hogan (1897-1963) was born the son of a minister in Buskirk, New York. Growing up in a time when air travel was a novelty, it became clear early on that airplanes would be a big part of his life. He trained in the fledgling American Air Corps during World War I. Though he never saw any active combat overseas, he remained in aviation as a demonstration pilot until the stock market crash of 1929. With the aircraft industry taking a big hit, he had to find other ways to make money. So he decided to try his hand at writing. Once his foot was in the door at Wings Magazine, he wrote numerous air war, cowboy, and sports stories. He is most well known for the "G-8 and His Battle Aces" pulp fiction series (possibly named after the Colorado ranch where Hogan took his first flight).
G-8 was especially popular with younger readers, and it reached a point where Hogan was spitting out a full story every month. He made enough money with the series that he could afford two homes and hire secretaries to whom he would dictate his writings. It was a credit to his imagination and readability that G-8 lasted from 1933 all the way through the Second World War - far longer than any other serial of the same kind could have survived, considering that the background and aircraft used in the stories were incredibly outdated by that time. The last installment was published in June of 1944.
As G-8 finished its run, Hogan began writing westerns and found some success selling his work to magazines like the Saturday Evening Post. He wrote a number of them in the 1950s, including "Renegade Guns," "Two-Gun Law," "Apache Landing," and "The Challenge of Smoke Wade," among other titles. These westerns, however, did not seem to have as great an impact as the G-8 series.