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November 13th, 2009
12:16 am


Batman/Doc Savage Special #1
First impression )

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November 6th, 2009
10:02 pm


...at DC's Source blog.

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November 4th, 2009
08:17 pm


First Wave

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October 14th, 2009
06:15 pm


Doc Savage meets Dracula, Godzilla, the Rocketeer
What an unexpected treat for Doc fans. Keith "Kez" Wilson has fabricated forty of these "What If" covers using art by the great James Bama from the Bantam paperbacks. In the original pulps, the seemingly supernatural menaces which the Man of Bronze faced always turned out to have a rational explanation. But imagine Doc coming up against the likes of the Wolf Man, or Count Dracula? Or science fiction threats like the Blob, the Creature from the Black Lagoon or Klaatu and Gort? The Doctor in his Tardis? Fu Manchu? IF these books were authorized by Conde Nast and someone like Will Murray was writing them, I'd cash in my life insurance to buy them if I had to.Wilson has also done clean-ups and make-overs on those Bantam Doubles where the Bob Larkin art was reduced to teeny little images. It's great to see how they would have looked as regular covers.

Thanks, "Kez!" I hope you realize how much your efforts are appreciated. It made my day brighter.


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September 11th, 2009
08:45 pm


Detective skills for super-heroes

See, this sequence is the sort of thing I would like to see Batman stories emphasise more. Observation and deduction are skills essential to solving mysteries and catching criminals. You don't see much of this lately, partly because it's harder for the writer to come up with than fight scenes and gore, but also because CSI-type gadgetry and doubletalk has taken over. One great aspect of the Doc Savage pulps was that (having been trained since infancy by experts),he was a multi-skilled genius with Olympic-level physical prowess ("Sherlock Holmes in the body of Hercules"). In one story, he ran up stairs with a full-grown man under each arm, then glanced into a ransacked room and could tell it had been searched twice-- because spilled liquids which dry at different rates were equally gelled. (This is one reason his fans say, "Doc Savage: adventure hero or THE adventure hero?").

This sequence is from Marvel's black & white DOC SAVAGE magazine, second issue from October 1975. Story by Doug Moench, art by Tony DeZuniga. Most of the story is a wild yarn about a huge cavern civilization of Reptilian people, a Mad Viking, lost treasure, that sort of thing. But to learn about this, the Man of Bronze casually shows some impressive detective ability. It's exactly the sort of engimatic clue that Lester Dent used to toss around in the pulps. What is that strange coin?

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August 25th, 2009
10:35 pm


Rock Bottom Comics: DOC SAVAGE, 1966
Whew, this is just poor.In 1966, a Doc Savage movie was planned. This was the phase where the Batman TV series and the James Bond movies were at their peak of popularity. Chuck Connors was chosen to play the Man of Bronze, and he would have been a surprisingly apt choice. Check out the way he looks in the opening of BRANDED and you can see him doing a good job as Doc. THE THOUSAND-HEADED MAN might have started a new franchise. But the movie deal fell through because of a dispute over the rights, and all we have to show for it is a one-shot comic from Gold Key. Unfortunately (although it's a bit of a completist's collectible) the comic just isn't any good. ("Hey mister! I want my lunch money back, this funnybook stinks!")

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March 8th, 2009
06:13 pm


Gallery in Bronze and today's mystery photo

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.

Ed Davis art, with the cast and some bad guys )

Neal Adams, complete with the Doc Savage oath )

James Bama, THE definitive portrait )

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.

not a fat balding middle-aged guy with a cigar )

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