Harry Smith was an important figure in the distribution of printed press in Vancouver. Immigrants from Russia, Harry and his wife Hilda moved to Calgary in the early part of the twentieth century. In 1934, they moved to Vancouver and bought a business called Imperial News Co. which Smith would rename, Harry Smith the Magazine Man Ltd. and then eventually just Harry Smith Ltd.
During and after WWII Smith began expanding the business to include toys, knickknacks, and books. The war limited Canadian access to US comic books so Smith began publishing locally produced comics. Smith passed away in 1979 after a long career in the magazine industry.