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  • Ty Smith on 069 05/34 The Mystery on the SnowJust re-read this after nearly 40 years in a Nostalgia Ventures/Sanctum edition and enjoyed it very much. Yes, hard to...
  • rgdmalaysia on 029 01/40 The Other WorldOf the Doc in a prehistoric world stories, The Other World is the best. If just for the scene where...
  • rgdmalaysia on 103a 04/44 The Whisker of HerculesThis is a pretty good Doc. I like the villain's weapon (SPOILER super speed) espc. the scene where Monk takes...
  • rgdmalaysia on 007 04/34 The MonstersI've read all of the original Doc Savage adventures and this is hands down my favorite. It is the template...
  • rgdmalaysia on 014 12/35 The Fantastic IslandI seem to be in the minority but I like this story very much because there's a lot going on...
  • rgdmalaysia on 031 12/34 The AnnihilistOne of the grimmest Docs - The torture scene is almost too much to bear. I like it - Gritty...
  • rgdmalaysia on 011 09/34 Fear CayDefinitely one of my favorite Doc stories - Dan Thunden is a great villain, good use of the five plus...
  • Gordy Skorseth on 149h 12/46 The Disappearing LadyThis is a straightforward mystery story, involving murder, greed, blackmail and vengeance. It is a pretty good story but if...
  • Steve Donoso on 186 07/92 The Frightened FishA great, and ultimately flawed Doc Story. The novel is very good -- except for where I take issue with...
  • Rich_Mo on 021 09/36 Cold Death Cold Death - yeah, this was interesting to me primarily because it was the first non-Lester Dent Doc Savage...
  • Rich_Mo on 021 09/36 Cold Death Cold Death - yeah, this was interesting to me primarily because it was the first non-Lester Dent Doc Savage...
  • Tim Bateman on 040 12/39 The Dagger in the SkyI actually started reading this and my first reaction was that it was not Dent but one of his sub-contractors....
  • Rich_Mo on 094 01/45 Violent Night Just finished The Hate Genius by Lester Dent (Originally titled: Violent Night.) This was the Bantam reprint from 1979....
  • Mike H on 014 12/35 The Fantastic IslandJust reread this for the first time since the 70's. One of my least favorite stories form the early 30's...
  • Rich M on 011 09/34 Fear CayI thought Fear Cay was a bit bland at the beginning – but turned out to be well worth hanging...


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All Novels Listed by Publication Order

Aug 8, 2017 by

All Novels Listed by Publication Order

Links to all the novels in publication order:

The Original Pulps

Bantam Number – Original Publication Date – Title

Post Pulp Novels

Number – Original Publication Date – Title

Phillip Jose Farmer

Will Murray

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Will Murray Doc Savage Novels

May 22, 2017 by

Will Murray Doc Savage Novels

The current list of Doc Savage novels written by Will Murray:

184 – 1991 – Python Isle
185 – 1992 – White Eyes
186 – 1992 – The Frightened Fish
187 – 1992 – The Jade Ogre
188 – 1993 – Flight into Fear
189 – 1993 – The Whistling Wraith
190 – 1993 – The Forgotten Realm
191 – 2011 – The Desert Demons
192 – 2011 – Horror in Gold
193 – 2012 – The Infernal Buddha
194 – 2012 – Death’s Dark Domain
195 – 2013 – Skull Island
196 – 2013 – The Miracle Menace
197 – 2013 – Phantom Lagoon
198 – 2014 – The War Makers
199 – 2014 – The Ice Genius
200 – 2015 – The Sinister Shadow
201 – 2015 – The Secret of Satan’s Spine
202 – 2016 – Glare of the Gorgon
203 – 2017 – Empire of Doom

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Pat Savage Stars in Solo (Almost) Novel

Oct 16, 2016 by

Pat Savage Stars in Solo (Almost) Novel

patsavageWill Murray decided to give many fans what they wanted and has penned a solo Pat Savage novel. Well, almost solo, as Monk joins Pat on her adventure:

When a man so anemic that he could be a vampire’s victim comes to Patricia Savage for rescue, the impetuous girl can’t say no. Excitement is her meat and danger her dessert.

Accompanied by Doc Savage aide, Monk Mayfair, Pat finds herself in the worst danger of her life. Wanted for murder, hounded by the minions of a weird mystery figure calling himself Chief Standing Scorpion, narrowly evading the hordes of the Vinegarroon tribe, the bronze-skinned golden girl battles her way to a sinister secret cached in an ancient ruin.

From the oilfields of Oklahoma to the forbidding Ozark Mountains, the trail of scorpionic doom winds. Will Pat Savage’s first great adventure also be her last?

The novel was released in softcover, but no announcement has been made regarding hardcover or ebook versions.

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Roger Kastel

Oct 27, 2014 by

Roger Kastel

kastel1Roger Kastel painted a cover for Doc Savage Omnibus 3 and the poster for the film, Doc Savage: Man of Bronze.

While still a student Roger had his first paperback book cover published in the 1960’s by Pocket Books (Simon Schuster). All told, Roger estimates that he has done over a 1,000 illustrations for various publishers. Also in the 1960’s, a painting of Roger’s won first prize from the National Fire Underwriters. This painting was made into a fire safety poster that was used for many years and had high visibility.

By the 1970’s Roger Kastel hit full stride as an artist, becoming one of the most well respected illustrators in the business, working for every major publishing house in New York. — Roger Kastel


kastelDoc Savage study by Roger Kastel. Prints for sale at RogerKastel.com

Joe DeVito wrote: “Thank God I ran into an illustrator named Ralph Amatrudi, who was very well disciplined in the Riley method. Riley was a modern-day Howard Pyle and the mentor of many tremendous artists (James Bama, who revolutionized paperback cover art and made Doc Savage famous again, Roger Kastel, who painted Jaws, Bob McGuire, and many others).”

ds1Ron Ely as Doc Savage by Roger Kastel. Prints for sale at RogerKastel.com

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Joe DeVito

Oct 26, 2014 by

Joe DeVito

joedevitoJoe DeVito (1957-present) has painted Doc Savage covers since 1991.

No matter the art, everything starts with drawing. Before I do anything else, I draw as many small sketches as necessary to arrive at a suitable composition. For any beginners reading this, this ‘thumbnail’ stage is of great importance. Most often illustrators, and artists in general, do not sit down and paint what comes to mind when their painting has specific criteria to meet. By doing loose little drawings, say 2”x3”, no time is wasted on unnecessary detail because you do not proceed until the overall composition is arrived at, or at least until an idea crystallized. At this stage you establish basic size relationships, shadow patterns, and the like with no effort at all. I never stop drawing until I have something which works. — Joe Devito, Notes on Painting

From Joe DeVito’s website: “It was while in the city, though, that his life-long love of dinosaurs and fantastic creatures began, with his first viewing of King Kong. A frequent visitor to the Museum of Natural History as a boy, his infatuation with all animals has never left him.”

DeVito was responsible for the look of Doc Savage for the Will Murray novels. His Doc was a bit older than Bama’s. His well-lined face was often seen in 3/4 profile. DeVito also produced a statue of Doc Savage based on the image from the cover of Python Isle.

From an interview at Papertiger: “DeVito:It was over ten years before I got a chance to sculpt something.

PS: So what happened to open the door in that area?

JD: I was painting the last of the Doc Savage book covers at the time and came in contact with Bob Chapman of Graphitti Design. He was one of the first to tap into the figurine market and was looking to produce a Doc Savage statue. I saw the opportunity and begged him to give me a shot, sight unseen. I convinced him that it would be a good tie-in to have the guy doing the covers sculpt the piece. I had nothing to show, but just knew that, if I had the chance, I could do it. Thankfully, at great risk to himself (if I had failed), he gave me a free hand to do whatever I wanted. The Doc/Python piece was the result. That kind of established me and I’ve been sculpting steadily ever since. ”

All of Devito’s Doc Savage covers are featured at DocSavage.Org

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