The Generic Doc Savage Title

August 26, 2012 / 2 comments

If you are 15 years old, and really bored, you may decide to count the words used in Doc Savage titles. You may even post this on the web for other fans to see. Boy, are you twisted…

Doc Savage Batman First Wave Begins

November 11, 2009 / 10 comments

The one shot comic combining the worlds of Doc Savage and Batman has arrived. Titled First Wave Begins, the comic has the pair meet and come to, let’s say, an understanding.

Set just after Doc’s father dies, and early in the career of the Bat-Man, the comic lets the reader see what Brian Azzarello plans to do with the characters. Based on his notes (presented after the comic), Azzarello shows a good understanding of Doc* and his crew. Not to mention a few other pulp characters you might know.

This is it. Doc Savage makes his return to DC Comics, and crashes right into Gotham’s protector, The Batman. Noir mastermind Brian Azzarello teams with artist Phil Noto to present a gritty and shadowy version of the DCU, where thugs are at every corner, corruption runs deep and even the heroes reside in a gray area of morality.

Doc Savage has heard only bad things about The Batman, Gotham’s violent new vigilante, but what can he do to stop him? Check out some more pages from this issue, a vital prologue to the upcoming FIRST WAVE mini-series from Azzarello and artist Rags Morales. — Alex Segura, The Source

* – Even to his understanding that Doc must be “mixed race.” What? You didn’t know?

Doc Savage Was Born on…

November 8, 2009 / 13 comments

No, Phillip Jose Farmer didn’t already give us Doc’s birthday. He just looked at a old notebook. He didn’t do the research. On the other hand we did. And we can tell you that Doc’s birthday is….absolutely in this article.

Why do your titles look odd?

August 3, 2009 / 0 comments

There is a reason I’ve always used such an odd title for the novel entries.

Each title is preceded by two codes. The first four characters are the Bantam entry number for the novels I made 15 years (or so) ago. The Bantam number, and where needed, a letter signifying the book is part of a double or omnibus.

The next five characters are the month and year the original was published. (Or season where applicable.)

In Movabletype I could easily hide the code when publishing the title. I’m working on learning to do that now that I use Wordpress.

It will all make better sense when I reformat all my lists for the new design…

What is the Hidalgo Trading Company?

July 31, 2009 / 4 comments

The text below was written on the sixth anniversary of the Hidalgo Trading Company, the site I started in September 1996. It’s now almost 13 years of running a Doc Savage site. Some years were lean as Catherine and I spent more time raising the next generation Doc fan, but I’m looking forward to continuing…

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