Charles Lee Riddle’s 1947-58 fanzines Peon and LEER have been scanned and made available online by his son, Bob Riddle, who says:
While the name Peon was probably his humorous way of describing a poor man’s magazine, LEER is definitely a play on his name. He was always called Lee, and so Lee Riddle became LEER.
Because Riddle’s first title Peon is a word in Spanish, I wonder if the second title was equally a play on his name and the Spanish word leer meaning “to read,” the quintessential fannish activity?
Maybe if I read the zines I’ll find out.
[Thanks to Bill Burns for the story.]