Lancer Books was established in 1961 by Irwin Stein and Walter Zacharius, who had originally published Infinity, Monsters and Things and Science Fiction Adventures magazines. Larry Shaw, who had worked at IF Magazine, was the editor. The company did a lot of things that were very innovative during its 12-year history. They established Domino, which was an adults-only label, but interspersed some of the Domino book numbers with their Lancer line. Lancer Easy-Eye books provided one of the first large print formats in paperbacks.