Saturday, January 21, 2006

Doc Savage


This weekend, the ever-popular website,This is Pop! is offering a large selection of DOC SAVAGE pulp covers so it seemed like a good time to do the DOC SAVAGE piece I'd been meaning to do.. Clark Savage, Jr., AKA "Doc", was originally a pulp hero of the 1930's who, along with his team of experts (and comic relief), the fabulous five, righted wrongs throughout the world. Author Lester Dent created the character and wrote most of the monthly issues under the publishing house pseudonym, Kenneth Robeson. (It's my understanding that Dent did not create or write THE AVENGER, also credited to "Robeson.")Doc was revived in a long-running series of paperback reprints (and eventually new material by Phillip Jose Farmer and others) that ran through the seventies and eighties. During the mid seventies, though, the series' popularity peaked. During that period, you had Ron Ely as Doc in the not completely unworthy George Pal feature film, DOC SAVAGE, THE MAN OF BRONZE (a much better variation on Doc would come along later as BUCKAROO BANZAI!) and Marvel Comics (ever the bandwagon jumper) offered both a color (drawn by Ross Andru) and a later, better black and white version.

In fact, the picture at top is a detail from Jim Steranko's cover to Marvel's 2nd color DOC SAVAGE issue. This particular image, however, is taken from the cover of the very first issue of Steranko's newsletter, COMIXSCENE (which would change its name more times than Liz Taylor changed husbands). Inside that issue was a big article on Doc and a centerfold in which were presented various drawings of Doc as he would have appeared had other Marvel artists been given the nod. Thus we have here, Steranko's own variation as well as illustrations of the Man of Bronze by Marie Severin, Dan Adkins, Gene Colan (not that you could really tell that's Doc) and, my favorite, Mike Ploog with his off-model, Hamletesque version.

2 comments:

Chuck Welch said...

A nice Doc page. Many fans of the series never get to see those images.

Actually, Dent did have a little to do with The Avenger, he and Walter Gibson wrote the Avenger bible that Paul Ernst used to write the first novels.

There is a really good Avenger page here:

http://hometown.aol.com/macmurdie/home.html

You can check out my Doc Savage sites for more on the Man of Bronze.

Chuck Welch

wayne moises said...

He is the man of bronze a descendant of 18th century explorer and he is a scientist author physician/surgeon teacher adventurer mercenary and philanthropist debuted in 1933 was based in a comic book series novels radio serials and 1975 live action movie starring Ron Ely in a tv/movie set in the 1930's era together with his sidekicks famous five they are former military men and hired loyal backup to the action hero and soon will be a remake of a classic novel/comic strip turned into a 21st century hero long before Indiana jones long before crocodile Dundee and a hero is reinstated back to comics stories once again now serialized in radio magazines action figures/dolls and media.and remains an icon and a legend if all time.thanks for the information about your comments in your opinion.from:Wayne