Fred Pfeiffer

Chuck Welch
December 18, 2002 - Bantam Illustrators / pfeiffer

Fred Pfeiffer took over the Bantam Doc Savage covers after James Bama left. He painted 13 covers from #68 (Quest of the Spider) through #81 (The Stone Man). The cover for The South Pole Terror was reused for The Stone Man.

pfeiffer_fred“He had to start after Bama. No one could have got that gig and not heard from the Doc Bama crowd. I don’t know anyone that could have done it and pulled it off. Time has seen many who didn’t grasp hold of Fred’s style right off are learning now what a talented creator he was. He had the guts to do his own thing with Doc and he didn’t try to copy Bama. I love his Doc covers, they are powerful and to me Doc looks metal.” — Scotty Philips, ThePulp.Net (2011)



Fred Pfeiffer took over the Bantam Doc Savage covers after James Bama left. He painted 13 covers from #68 (Quest of the Spider) through #81 (The Stone Man). The cover for The South Pole Terror was reused for The Stone Man.

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  1. DD says:

    Absolutely agree. Fred Pfeiffer’s Doc Savage paintings are moody, dark, and abstract enough to convey a sense of mystery and dread in all the shadows.
    I wish that he had done more covers, and was disappointed to see Boris Vallejo take over. Bob Larkin was an improvement , but was stuck in Bama’s style.

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