Fred Pfeiffer

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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.


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)

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  1. DD

    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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