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DC Doc Savage Comic Completes Run with Digital Release

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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. Continue Reading →

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Doc Savage on the Funny Pages

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We rarely feature Doc Savage material that doesn’t reside in the Hidalgo Trading Company. (Links get moved, sites close, and other problems just remind us it’s better to keep everything in-house.) That said, rush over to Rip Jagger’s Dojo to read The Return of Dave Cockrum’s Doc Savage — two weeks of Doc for the funny pages. Continue Reading →

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The Doc Savage Waiting Game

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For the sake of argument pretend you were born around 1920.Now jump forward to when you turned 13. (Let’s say May 17, 1933.) You’ve been buying each issue of the new Doc Savage Magazine as soon as it hits the newsstand. (Where are you getting the money? You sell Grit.)
You become successful. From Grit you graduate to the New York Times. Continue Reading →

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Pulpfest 2012 is Mere Months Away

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The annual pilgrimage for pulp fans is making a pair of changes this year. First off, the con is moving to downtown Columbus. From August 9th to the 12th, the Hyatt Regency Hotel will host Pulpfest. Room rates will be $109 a night, which includes parking for one. It’ll probably be best to split your room with someone without a car. Continue Reading →

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Pulpfest 2011

DocSavage.org is back, though not in the updated condition I expected. The new design was causing major readability issues. So I’ve reverted to the previous look while I attend Pulpfest. Look here for nightly updates and breaking Pulpfest news for the next four days. Continue Reading →

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Doc Savage Radio Actor Identified

With the recent pulp reprint publications of THE SHADOW and DOC SAVAGE, it seems about the perfect time to explore the medium of radio which dramatized the same stories that appeared in the pulps, on the radio. The origin of the DOC SAVAGE radio program began in December 1932, when the Knox Company of St. Louis approached Street & Smith Publishers seeking broadcast rights for The Shadow, unaware that NBC was airing THE SHADOW along the East Coast under exclusive license to a promising sponsor. Street & Smith replied favorably with a counter-offer to sponsor a series of radio dramas based on another of their successful pulp magazines, DOC SAVAGE, which premiered on news stands earlier that same calendar year. Even thought Street & Smith offered to sponsor the program, to promote the magazine, Knox rejected the offer. Continue Reading →

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