Henry Steeger III, a magazine and comic-book publisher who was president of the National Urban League in the early 1960s, has died at age 87.

Steeger died of bone cancer Tuesday at his home in Manhattan, said his daughter, Nancy Jennings.Steeger led the civil rights organization from 1960 to 1964, after serving as a senior vice president.

He was a co-founder and president of Popular Publications Inc., which published detective and Western-story magazines such as Argosy, Black Mask, Adventure, Dime Detective and Star Western.

It also published the Spider, a comic that inspired Batman and Spiderman.