Boris Vallejo

October 26, 2014 / 0 comments

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

Douglas Rosa

October 26, 2014 / 0 comments

William Douglas Rosa (1932-1977) painted two Bantam covers in the Doc Savage series: The Lost Oasis and The Land of Terror. Vincent diFate postulated that Rosa got the call to do the covers while James Bama was on his honeymoon. Douglas Rosa was an illustration artist from Long Island, who began his career as a…

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James Avati

October 26, 2014 / 0 comments

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.”

Kastel

December 18, 2002 / 1 comment

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).”

DeVito

December 18, 2002 / 0 comments

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

Fred Pfeiffer

December 18, 2002 / 1 comment

Fred Pfeiffer took over the Bantam Doc Savage covers after James Bama left. He painted 13 covers from #68 (Quest of the Spider) through #81 (The Stone Man). The cover for The South Pole Terror was reused for The Stone Man.

James Bama

December 18, 2002 / 2 comments

James Bama, 1926 – present, painted 62 Bantam Doc Savage covers. His version of Doc Savage is probably the most recognizable to fans.