DC Doc Savage Comic Completes Run with Digital Release

Hate it (most everyone) or love it (who are you?), the 2010-2011 DC Doc Savage comic came to a crashing halt with a digital only release of the final issue. Doc Savage Number 18 is available at ComiXology for the fair price of $1.99. What happened to the First Wave Doc Savage? I was listening […]


Hate it (most everyone) or love it (who are you?), the 2010-2011 DC Doc Savage comic came to a crashing halt with a digital only release of the final issue. Doc Savage Number 18 is available at ComiXology for the fair price of $1.99.

What happened to the First Wave Doc Savage?


I was listening to an interview with Brian Azarello recently – he was ‘in charge’ of the First Wave line – and basically summed up his position on the demise of First Wave by saying: “I guess people just weren’t as interested in reading about these characters as we thought they would be.”

I like a lot of Brian’s writing, and had all of First Wave been written at the level or the mini-series, I would have kept buying the series, but it wasn’t, and what kind of tics me off is that his comment is more than a little disingenuous, because they didn’t give us the characters, they gave us revisions and proxies for them – which can be fine if you improve on the original concept, but for me none of these (except, as noted The Avenger backups) were interesting enough reads. — Schnitzy Pretzelpants, Comic Book Resources

Hidalgo Trading Company readers disliked the comic from the start and, while some thought it got better with a new writer/artist team, it just died on the pulp vine.

If you must read the complete run, it’ll cost you a bit less than $36 for the digital versions.

  • Chad Cloman

    It seems like whenever they try to update Doc to the modern era, which they did in First Wave after the first couple comics, they fail miserably. The previous DC Doc Savage series had the same problem.

  • Larry

    What you really need is to have someone of an older generation in charge of these projects that have historical connections, rather than kids raised on MTV who actually believe science fiction began with Star Wars. So, when you “reimagine” a concept along with all its characters, you have no right to blame the original concept for your failure. The proof of the pudding is the wild and well deserved popularity of the new Doc Savage books currently being written by Will Murray.

  • Rip Jagger

    I finally got hold of the First Wave trade, mostly for the Rags Morales artwork. I read it with gusto, enjoyed it and was mildly eager to see the other stuff, but this discussion leads me to believe I’m better off without it.

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  • http://twitter.com/TirNaNog3 Tír-Ná-Nóg Banshee

    Where’s Long Tom? I see Doc, Renny, Monk, Ham, and Johnny. Is Long Tom hiding behind the Wooly Mammoth, or sitting this one out while inventing some new electrical device? 

  • http://twitter.com/TirNaNog3 Tír-Ná-Nóg Banshee

    Where’s Long Tom? I see Doc, Renny, Monk, Ham, and Johnny. Is Long Tom hiding behind the Wooly Mammoth, or sitting this one out while inventing some new electrical device?  Hmmmmm.