I just got the new TwoMorrows book, The Krypton Companion, and I'm slowly making my way through it. But one of the early chapters startled me in its content, an interview with Mort Weisinger's son Hank. After admitting that his father had an abrasive personality, Hank says this:
"So yes, he was abrasive and critical and he was a tough boss. A lot of people probably didn't like him because of this. Now, here's what is not said. One of the reasons my father was a difficult boss was that he thought the people working with him were "idiots." He felt very few were creative and could write well. As a result, this created much more work for him. He would give a writer a story idea, then the writer would do it. Problem was that it was so bad he would have to do it over. No wonder he was abrasive. [....] A lot of the other editors were jealous of [his] success. And yes, my father would love to gloat, which I am sure did not make him more likable. So he was abrasive and critical, but from what he used to tell me, I think it was because of his frustration from having to work with low-level creative people.
"Next, it is often written that my dad would take credit for other peoples' ideas. No way; it was just the opposite. He thrived on creativity, on being original, and he despised mediocrity. The fact is, his job would have been a lot less stressful if others had made significant contributions. That's what he wanted. He would always give credit to others."
This last sentence is contradicted by the previous article (written by Will Murray, probably my favorite writer about comics history) in the book which states that Weisinger had "written" a best-selling novel titled The Contest which was actually only plotted by him, and actually written by many other writers.
Hank Weisinger says that his father respected writers Ed Hamilton, Otto Binder, and Alfred Bester. Hank doesn't provide names of who some of these "idiots" and "low-level creative people" who were making Mort's job harder. I find it hard to believe someone who had the stable of writers and artists that he had working for him could have such a low opinion of them.