Jay McKeller was the pen name for Jack Calder of Anglo-American Publishing Co.
Calder was born 1902 in Edinburgh Scotland. He came to Canada in February 1910 at the age of seven years. He was apparently Harold Sinnott’s brother-in-law and according to one employee was definitely the boss at Anglo-American.
The “Purple Rider” was one of his creations. Although at first appearance it looks like he was copying “Red Ryder” in fact he inspiration came from Zane Grey’s Riders Of The Purple Sage. Another of his ideas was “Terry Kane” and he co-created “Sooper Dooper” with Les Gilpin.
Ed Furness Nov. 27, 1985.