This page by Doug Moench and Tony DeZuniga appeared before the story in the second issue of Marvel's black & white DOC SAVAGE magazine. This title appeared in 1974 to tie in with the George Pal movie starring Ron Ely as Doc, but that film didn't exactly kick off a new franchise as successful as James Bond. Actually, it was a dud. My theory is that it would have been decent Saturday afternoon fun but Pal was instructed by the powers that be to Camp it up (*ack!*). So it goes and too bad.I really like the way this page introduces Doc and his five aides, the layout is attractive and the prose is just bombastic enough. It's not as etched into my DNA as the back cover blurb to the Bantam paperbacks ("To the world at large, Doc Savage is a strange mysterious figure..."), but it's decent. I hope by putting it up here, maybe one or two browsers will be curious enough to pick up a Doc reprint and become still another fan of "the greatest adventure hero of all time."The magazine also featured some Doc interpretations by other artists as well.
This appeared on the 1964 Bantam paperback of THE MAN OF BRONZE, starting a series of reprints that lasted until all 181 original novels had been put back into print, along with a handful of new adventures by Will Murray and Philip Jose Farmer
And then, today's mystery guest. What the heck, I'm not even going to provide any clues.