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Rejoice, lovers of adventure! Doc Savage is back in print! Jun 10, 2007
Doc Savage stands as one of the most remarkable series in the history of heroic science fiction. Although little known to today's younger generation of sci-fi adventure, Doc's remarkable career as the star of his own monthly magazine through much of the 1930s and 40s surely places him in contention for the greatest adventure hero in the history of fiction. Certainly his record of derring-do, exploration, invention, crime fighting and mystery solving stack up against any other character that can be named. This career spans 182 novels (all but a handful written by his creator, the prolific Missouri pulp writer Lester Dent). And now with this brand new series of reprints, a new generation of readers is ready to discover Doc again. During his career, Doc, with the help of his five remarkable friends, did some pretty amazing things. He battled colorful villians and saved the U.S. and the world from the most insidious of plans. He also came up with some spectacular inventions and innovations; and, in the course of his exploits, discovered dozens of lost civilizations and legendary artifacts. His popularity during his time was so great that the creators of Superman borrowed from him several aspects of Superman's character, including the concept of the fortress of Solitude. However, Doc as a hero is more similar to Batman than to Superman, as there is nothing supernatural or extraterrestrial about his powers - rather they are the result of pure physical and scientific development, the result of an experiment in which Doc was trained from infanthood to become a superior human being. The selection of the two novels in this mini-omnibus constitute the entire "John Sunlight" saga. Sunlight was Doc's Moriarty, the only villian to survive an encounter with the Man of Bronze for a return engagement. In "Fortress of Solitude" Sunlight establishes himself as one of Doc's most formidable adversaries by stealing some of Doc's most secret powerful weapons and using them for his own campaign of evil. And in the sequel, "The Devil Genghis", Sunlight is back again, with world domination as his goal and only Doc standing in his way. While I'm disappointed that the editors of these new reprints chose not to follow a straight chronological reprinting of this series, starting with the first volume (the best introduction to the series) and moving on from there, I must say they couldn't have picked two more representative stories than these. And even if you already possess the text of all 182 original Doc novels as I do, these reprints would be worth owning because of the original pulp presentation and art - I've also heard that some of these new reprints actaully offer restored text that never appeared in any published version.
The Original Superhero! May 11, 2007
Doc Savage was the first superhero. He was the inspiration for Superman, Batman and many other of the heroes everyone knows today. An interesting thing to note is Doc Savage's first name is Clark, and Kenneth Robeson's Real last name was Dent. Put them together and you get Clark Dent. HMM. . . Where have I heard that name before?
If you enjoy Science fiction, action, adventure, or just a good old mystery, these books are for you. Written is a fast paced manner, they read very well and keep the action moving as fast as you can read. Unlike many books today, where the author adds so much detail that a minute's worth of dialogue and activity takes 6 pages to read, these novels keep you moving at the speed of an action movie, not a documentary.I have been a fan of Doc Savage since about 1978. I grew up reading and collecting the Bantam editions. In college, I lost my focus and missed the last years of the series and have been trying to find them, ever since. I was excited when I heard this was coming, but after reading my copy, I can only say one thing. Awesome!
This book reprints the two appearances of Johnny Sunlight, one of Doc Savage's most challenging opponents. He is introduced in the first story, where he discovers the hidden research and storage lab of Doc. Doc chases him across the continent back to his fortress, where you think Johnny has been killed, but returns to menace the entire world even worse in the second story.
This book is printed in the original pulp magazine style. in the 1930's entire novels were printed on 7X10 paper with illustrations and extra articles and such. This edition is a true book, with quality covers, printed spine and heavy paper. Even the original illustrations have been used, along with the original cover paintings from the first editions. Additional articles about the author and the series add interest over and above the enjoyable stories.
This edition reprints the famous cover painting by James Bama.
Buy yours today! You won't regret it.
Doc Savage Returns! Feb 13, 2007
After an official 12 year hiatus, the adventures of Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, are coming into print for a new generation. This is landmark day for die-hard Doc Savage fans such as myself and an opportunity for new fans to discover him. Doctor Clark Savage Jr. was raised by scientists to be a "super-man" who righted wrongs and defended the innocent. He made his headquaters on the 86th floor of the "tallest building in New York" and with his five aides -- all experts in different fields -- he travelled the world looking for excitement and adventure.
The series was written (mostly) by Lester Dent and explored many ideas that were later borrowed by other charaters. (Yes, Virginia, Doc Savage had the ORIGINAL arctic Fortress of Solitude in 1933 fully 5 years before Superman was even published.) Virtually every adventure character since then has "borrowed" from Doc. It is good to have his original adventures back in print.