Leatherneck Magazine of the Marines (or simply Leatherneck) is a magazine for United States Marines.
History and profile
The Quantico Leatherneck was started by off-duty US Marines, and in large part by George Edward Bounds Sr., a Marine during World War I. The Hannibal Courier-Post reported that Bounds used $50 donated by the YMCA at the time to start the newspaper at Marine Corps Base Quantico in 1917. Bounds was editor of The Quantico Leatherneck 1917–1919, after which he was discharged. An engraved watch was presented to Bounds by General John A. Lejeune for his service in creating and editing the magazine. Later, Bounds worked with numerous publications, in public relations and promotion. He worked with the airline industry and for years in the 1950s and 1960s, and was director of advertising for Delta Airlines, based in Atlanta. Bounds retired to the Tampa, Florida area, continuing as a consultant for Delta for some time.
In 1918, "Quantico" was dropped from the publication's name.
In 1920, with the formation of the Marine Corps Institute (MCI) by Commandant of the Marine Corps John A. Lejeune, Leatherneck became an official Marine Corps publication under the auspices of MCI, and was moved to Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. In 1925, the format was changed from a newspaper to a magazine.
During World War II, many of the Marine Corps' combat correspondents were assigned to Leatherneck. In 1943, the Leatherneck Association was formed to govern the magazine, making it more autonomous and answerable only to the Commandant.
The magazine's name derives from the slang term "leatherneck" for a U.S. Marine, referring to the leather-lined collar or stock of the original Marine uniform.
Leatherneck was an official Marine Corps publication until 1972, staffed primarily by active-duty Marines. That year all active-duty positions were eliminated and the magazine returned to Quantico. In 1976, the Leatherneck Association merged with the Marine Corps Association (MCA). As of 2016, MCA continues to publish Leatherneck alongside another Marine Corps periodical, the Marine Corps Gazette.
"To be the magazine of Marines—yesterday, today and tomorrow."
Leatherneck is available in magazine form, online, and through a mobile application.
Col Mary Reinwald, USMC (Ret) became the first female editor-in-chief in 2014.
As of 2015, the magazine has over 40,000 monthly readers.
Staff and contributors
Leatherneck staff and contributors have included the following:
- Gordon Bess, creator of the comic strip Redeye
- George Booth, cartoonist for The New Yorker
- George Edward Bounds, (Sr.), one of the founders (1917-1919) of The Quantico Leatherneck, Director of Advertising for Delta Airlines
- John Clymer, animal and Western artist
- Gustav Hasford, author of The Short-Timers (the basis for the film Full Metal Jacket) and its sequel The Phantom Blooper
- Russ Jones, illustrator, novelist and founding editor of Creepy magazine
- Robert T. Jordan, associate editor, illustrator, photojournalist,author, magazine publisher
- Tom Lovell, Western painter
- Fred Lasswell, cartoonist best known for his comic strip Snuffy Smith
- Louis R. Lowery, combat photographer who took the photo of the first flag-raising atop Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima
- Mike Ploog, comic-book and movie-storyboard artist
- Robert (Bob) Southee, US Department of Commerce Art Director