Boris Vallejo

Oct 26, 2014 by

Boris Vallejo

Boris Vallejo (1941- ) painted six Doc Savage covers for Bantam.

Vallejo’s preferred artistic medium is oil paint on board, and has previously used digital media to combine discrete images to form composite images. Preparatory works are pencil or ink sketches — Wikipedia

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James Avati

Oct 26, 2014 by

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James Avati, 1912-2005, painted a single Bantam Doc Savage cover, Meteor Menace. According to Wikipedia, Avati “impressed Kurt Enoch at New American Library, a new paperback publishing house. He was a hit from the beginning and changed the style of cover painting by the early 1950s.”

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Winfried Gerhards: Doc Fantasy Cover Artist

Oct 22, 2014 by

Winfried Gerhards: Doc Fantasy Cover Artist

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Winfried Gerhards is a Hamburg, Germany Doc Savage fan with a penchant for recreating Doc Savage covers. His style is whimsical, but Gerhards’ covers are well-imagined. Some covers are easy to recognize even without titles, such as his cover for Red Snow. It’s Gerhards’ roly-poly Doc as a snowman.

You need to know a bit about the film The Court Jester to get Gerhards’ take on, well, I won’t give away the title of the image at left.

If you’d like to see more of his work, you’ll have to open up Facebook to Gerhards’ Pulp Album. It’s well worth the look.

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El Hombre de Bronce

Dec 16, 2013 by

El Hombre de Bronce

Did you know Doc Savage was republished in Spanish? Neither did we, but a kind fan let us know all about El Hombre de Bronce! We’ve put together a list of Original and Spanish titles. (Originally published 1997)

El Hombre de Bronce!
Albobo’s old FatherBarcelona, Catalunya, Spain
Lista de titulos de DOC SAVAGE y otros, publicados en España y Argentina por la Editorial Molino a partir del 4 de Abril de 1936 hasta 1953, en la coleccion HOMBRES AUDACES que contena basicamente , cuatro personajes o heroes : DOC SAVAGE, LA SOMBRA, BILL BARNES y PETE RICE. La numeracion amparaba las publicaciones de todos estos personajes conjuntamente.
Spanish Title Original Title Orig. Mag No.
El hombre de Bronce The Man Of Bronze 1
La tierra del terror The Land Of Terror 2
Asesinos en accion Quest Of The Spider 3
El tesoro del Polo The Polar Treasure 4
Los piratas del Pacífico Pirate Of The Pacific 5
La Calavera Roja The Red Skull 6
1.000.000 de recompensa The Lost Oasis 7
El ogro del Mar de los Sargazos The Sargasso Ogre 8
La campana verde The Czar Of Fear 9
La ciudad fantasma The Phantom City 10
La marca del hombre lobo The Brand Of The Werewolf 11
El rey de las municiones The Munitions Master 66
El misterio de la nieve The Mystery On The Snow 15
Misterio en el abismo The Mystery Under The Sea 36
El gran terremoto Man Who Shook The Earth 12
Locura azul Meteor Menace
Los monstruos The Monsters 14
El terror purpureo
El hombre de las mil cabezas The Thousand-Headed Man 17
El manantial de juventud Fear Cay 19
La muerte vestida de plata Death In Silver 20
El mago del mar The Sea Magician 21
El aniquilador The Annihilist 22
El terror verde The Mystic Mullah 23
Nieve roja Red Snow 24
El pais de la nieve eterna The Land Of Always-Night 25
Legion de fantasmas The Spook Legion 26
Secreto del cielo The Secret In The Sky 27
Peligro oculto The Roar Devil 28
El inca gris Dust Of Death 32
La melodía del crimen Murder Melody 33
El crater fantasma Spook Hole 30
El Maji The Majii 31
La isla fantastica The Fantastic Island 34
El espejismo del crimen Murder Mirage 35
Misterio submarino Mystery Under The Sea 36
Los siete diablos de agata The Seven Agate Devils 39
El oceano encantado The Haunted Ocean 40
El amo del metal The Metal Master 37
Locura feroz Men Who Smiled No More 38
La marca negra The Black Spot 41
El nuevo Midas The Midas Man 42
El terror del Polo Sur The South Pole Terror 44
El jorobado misterioso The Vanisher 46
El dia de la resurreccion Ressurection Day 45
Los demonios rojos The Red Terrors 67
El secreto de Klantic The Mental Wizard 49
El rayo helado Cold Death 43
La muerte verde The Green Death 69
La meseta de la locura Mad Mesa 71
El castillo solitario The Fortress Of Solitude 68
La nube amarilla The Yellow Cloud 72
El ghengis diabolico The Devil Genghis 70
El pais del Largo Juju The Land Of Long Juju 47
El tiburon moteado The Freckled Shark 73
Ojos de locura Mad Eyes 51
La tierra del miedo The Land Of Fear 52
Terror en la flota The Terror In the Navy 50
El puede detener el mundo He Could Stop The World 53
Ost Ost 54
El hombre pulpo The Feathered Octopus 55
El fantastico Repel Repel 56
El angel del mar The Sea Angel 57
El peligro dorado The Golden Peril 58
La amenaza del fuego The Living Fire Menace 59
El monstruo de la montaña The Mountain Monster 60
Demonio en la luna Devil On The Moon 61
El espectro del pirata The Pirate’s Ghost 62
El muro invisible The Motion Menace 63
El submarino misterioso The Submarine Mystery 64
Los fantasmas que rien The Giggling Ghosts 65
Los ogros de oro The Gold Ogre 75
El pajaro asesino The Flaming Falcons 76
Mercaderes de desastres Merchants Of Disaster 77
La serpiente roja The Crimson Serpent 78
La isla del veneno Poison Island 79
El hombre de piedra The Stone Man 80
La ciudad de los espectros Hex 81
El signo del puñal The Dagger In The Sky 82
El otro mundo The Other World 83
El fantasma iracundo The Angry Ghost 84
Los hombres moteados The Spotted Men 85
El enano maligno The Evil Gnome 86
El amo del terror The Boss Of Terror 87
El huevo espantoso The Awful Egg 88
Fantasmas que rien… The Flying Goblin 89
El tunel del terror The Tunnel Terror 90
El dragon purpureo The Purple Dragon 91
Demonios del abismo Devils Of The Deep 92
La dinastia sangrienta The Awful Dynasty 93
La comarca del diablo The Devil’s Playground 95
Herencia diabolica Bequest Of Evil 96
El hombre de oro The Golden Man 98
La misteriosa luz blanca The All-White Elf 97
La muchacha color de rosa The Pink Lady 99
La legion de los descabezados The Headless Men 100
El aguila verde The Green Eagle 101
Thanks to:Albobo’s old Father, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain and his son,
Albert Bosch i Boixereu

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The 10 Doc Savage Novels That Were Quick or Slow to Be Published

Nov 15, 2013 by

The 10 Doc Savage Novels That Were Quick or Slow to Be Published

The Polar TreasureIn a previous column we listed the order Doc Savage novels were submitted to the publisher. We weren’t finished. Below we have the five novels that were quickest “submitted to published” in days. We used the submitted date and subtracted it from the first day of the published month. (Yes, we know the novels weren’t published on that day, but we needed a consistent date.)

After the Quickest Five we have the Slowest Five. They are the novels that languished the longest on the editor’s desk.

Quickest Five
Days
43 The Polar Treasure
68 The Man of Bronze
71 The Land of Terror
85 The Roar Devil
87 Quest of the Spider

The Motion MenaceSlowest Five
Days
547 Mad Eyes
573 He Could Stop the World
574 The Magic Forest
608 The Rustling Death
688 The Motion Menace

Update: Nov 15, 2013: The current Kenneth Robeson, Will Murray, just noted on Facebook: “The motion menace actually knocked around for a year before being written, making it three years….”

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The Generic Doc Savage Title

Aug 26, 2012 by

The Generic Doc Savage Title

If you are 15 years old, and really bored, you may decide to count the words used in Doc Savage titles.

You may hide this from your mother who finds you a bit too obsessed with the books in the first place.

Years later, with the advent of inexpensive home computers you check your work. You decide that you were pretty close. Not bad for a bored 15 year-old.

What had you found? Well, the most used word is the. This isn’t a big suprise since most books started with the. How many? 119 with 13 serving their place in the middle of titles.

As a matter of fact, there are 599 total words in the Doc Savage titles (counting hyphenated words as 1 each, of course) and 37 words occur at least 3 times. Still with me? After “the” the (are you trying to say this out loud?) next most used word is of(26). That’s no surprise, but it’s followed by Death(13), Terror(12), and some form of Devil(11). The others used 5 or more times are: Man(9), Men(6), Black(6), in(6), Island or Isle(6), Fear(5), and Mystery(5).

I guess the generic Doc Savage title would be: “The Terror Death” or “Terror of the Death Devil”. Wait, I kinda like that last one. Wasn’t that the May ’36 issue?

You say you want to see all the words?
Wordle: DocSavage.Org Doc Savage Title

Originally published sometime in the late 90s.