A History of the Doc Savage Adventures in Pulps, Paperbacks, Comics, Fanzines, Radio and Film

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About the Book

Doc Savage is the prototype of the modern fictional superhero. The character exploded onto the scene in 1933, with the Great Depression and the gathering clouds of war as a cultural backdrop. The adventure series is examined in relation to historical events and the changing tastes of readers, with special attention paid to the horror and science fiction elements. The artwork features illustrations, covers, and original art. Chapters cover Doc Savage paperbacks, pulp magazines, comic books, and fanzines, and an appendix offers biographies of all major contributors to the series.

About the Author(s)

Robert Michael “Bobb” Cotter, a graphic designer, lives in Pittsburgh. In addition to having written several books about comics and film, he writes a monthly column for Creepy Classics.

Bibliographic Details

Robert Michael “Bobb” Cotter
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: 26 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016 [2009]
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6598-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2515-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction—Who Is Doc Savage?      1

One. A New Deal, a New Hero      11

Two. All This and World War, Too      105

Three. The Bronze Age Meets the Atomic Age      140

Four. The Doc Savage History of Comics      158

Five. Doc Savage on the Air and in the Movie(s)      173

Six. The Fan(zines) of Bronze      190

Seven. The New Adventures of Doc Savage      202

Appendices

1. The People Behind Doc Savage      211

2. The Best of Doc Savage: Novels, Pulp and Paperback Covers      218

3. Street & Smith’s Doc Savage Magazine Issues      221

4. Bantam’s Doc Savage Paperbacks      223

5. Doc Savage Comicography      224

Bibliography      229

Index      231

Book Reviews

“an outstanding analysis…in-depth…a wealth of meticulous research…a must-have”—Midwest Book Review; “one look at the front cover of this book and you know that you have a hit on your hands…Doc fans will enjoy”—Western Collectibles; “a fascinating read chronicling one of the most important fictional characters ever created and who was responsible for the superhero comic book genre”—Collectors’ Corner.