Clontz set the tone for the staff that turned out such classic Weekly World News stories as Bat Boy, a half-bat, half-human creature with razor-sharp teeth that was supposedly discovered by a research team in West Virginia.
Clontz also took pride in writing the famous 1988 "Elvis Is Alive!" headline, whose subhead read: the "King of Rock 'N' Roll Faked His Death and Is Living in Kalamazoo, Mich.!"
The Elvis edition became the tabloid's biggest seller, gave birth to the Elvis-is-alive phenomenon and led to dozens of spin-off Elvis-sighting stories.
The tabloid became so associated with the Elvis phenomenon that in 1993, Clontz received a phone call from Washington Post humor columnist Gene Weingarten, who passed along a suggestion from Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry: that the Weekly World News consider reporting that Elvis had just died.