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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Johnny

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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Renny

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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Ham

Brigadier General Theodore Marley “Ham” Brooks was an accomplished attorney. Like Monk, Ham was present in the majority of novels. “Ham was designated on formal occasions. Slender, waspy, quick-moving, Ham looked what he was – a quick thinker and possibly the most astute lawyer Harvard ever turned out. He carried a plain black cane – never went anywhere without it. This was, among other things, a sword cane.”” — The Man of Bronze For all Monk had to do to get Ham’s goat was laugh at him. It had all started back in the war, when Ham was Brigadier...

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Monk

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Blodgett “Monk” Mayfair was an industrial chemist. His nickname was a result of his ape-like build. “Monk’s looks were deceiving. His low forehead apparently didn’t contain room for a spoonful of brains. Actually, Monk was in a way of being the most widely known chemist in America. He was a Houdini of the test tubes…. His tough, rusty iron hide was so marked with gray scars that it looked as if a flock of chickens with gray-chalk feet had paraded on him. This was because Monk refused to let Doc treat him. Monk gloried in his...

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Sanctum Books

Sanctum Books republished all the pulp-era Doc Savage titles — including The Red Spider. (The novel was shelved in 1948 and printed in 1975 by Bantam Books.) The Sanctum editions were usually two novels per volume and included original pulp artwork. (Unlike the Bantam reprints.) The Sanctum books also often include articles by Will Murray and occasionally material that had been removed from the original manuscript by the pulp editor. The covers usually utilize the original pulp art, but some issues were published with variant Bantam covers.

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Altus Press

In association with author Will Murray, Altus Press (founded by Matt Moring) has published a series of new Doc Savage novels since 2011. Collected under the tag line “The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage” the novels use combinations of unused pulp era outlines, text, and (primarily) new material written by...

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Bantam Books

Bantam Books reprinted the Doc Savage pulps from 1964 through 1990. Bantam was the first published of the pulp-era novel The Red Spider, which had been shelved by Street and Smith. The company then published new titles by Philip José Farmer (Escape from Loki) and Will Murray (seven novels from...

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