The Fantastic Island

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The Motion Menace

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“As it turned out, Lester Dent didn’t just restructure The Motion Menace, he scrapped Johnson’s version entirely, though he kept the central idea and title, and wrote it anew. The published novel is thus wholly in Dent’s style with no traces of Johnson evident. It begins, not with Doc Savage in New York, but with Pat Savage in Shanghai, China! Interestingly enough, though the manuscript was submitted to Street & Smith in 1936, it did not see print until 1938.” — Will Murray, Writings in Bronze

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Land of Always-Night

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W. Ryerson Johnson

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Walter Ryerson Johnson, 1920

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W. Ryerson Johnson (October 19, 1901 – May 24, 1995) is credited with authoring three Doc Savage novels: Land of Always-Night, The Fantastic Island, and The Motion Menace. For the last novel, Johnson supplied the idea for the story, but the novel was written by Lester Dent.

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