Author: Chuck Welch

Stanley Meltzoff

Stanley Meltzoff (March 27, 1917 to November 9, 2006) was best known for marine paintings. James Nobel suggested that Meltzoff painted the cover of The Lost Oasis. Though The Lost Oasis cover is usually credited to Doug Rosa, Nobel saw Meltzoff’s distinctive signature on the differently cropped French version of the novel. Born March 27, 1917 in New York. Received a classical education in the arts at CCNY and NYU. Later taught at the Pratt Institute of New York and lectured at Harvard University. During WWII, served for five years as an illustrator for The Stars and Stripes army...

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Doc Savage

Doctor Clark Savage, Jr. led the crew. This looked like the head and shoulders of a man, sculptured in hard bronze. It was a startling sight, that bronze bust. The lines of the features, the unusually high forehead, the mobile and muscular, but not too-full mouth, the lean cheeks, denoted a power of character seldom seen. The bronze of the hair was a little darker than the bronze of the features. The hair was straight, and lay down tightly as a metal skullcap. A genius at sculpture might have made it. Most marvelous of all were the eyes. They...

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William Harper “Johnny” Littlejohn was an archaeologist and geologist. Very tall, very gaunt Johnny wore glasses with a peculiarly thick lens over the left eye. He looked like a half-starved, studious scientist. He was probably one of the greatest living experts on geology and archaeology. — The Man of...

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Long Tom

Major Thomas J. “Long Tom” Roberts was an electrical engineer. Long Tom was the physical weakling of the crowd, thin, not very tall, and with a none-too-healthy-appearing skin. He was a wizard with electricity. Long Tom wasn’t as unhealthy as he looked. None of the others could remember his suffering a day of illness. Unless the periodic rages, the wild tantrums of temper into which he flew, could be called illness. Long Tom sometimes went months without a flare-up, but when he did explode, he certainly made up for lost time. His unhealthy look probably came from the gloomy...

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Colonel John “Renny” Renwick was a construction engineer. The first of the five men was a giant who towered four inches over six feet. He weighed fully two fifty. His face was severe, his mouth thin and grim, and compressed tightly, as though he had just finished uttering a disapproving, “Tsk tsk!” sound. His features had a most puritanical look. This was “Renny,” or Colonel John Renwick. His arms were enormous, his fists bony monstrosities. His favorite act was to slam his great fists through the solid panel of a heavy door. He was known throughout the world for...

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