The Conseil du Mal discusses Philip José Farmer’s “Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life” – Part 1

What follows is a review/discussion by three diverse authors…all enthusiastic creators and readers of pulp adventure. The three of us met in 2021 and immediately enjoyed one another’s company and writings to the degree that we joined in the tradition of author circles like the 1930’s Kalem Club (a literary group whose last names allContinue reading “The Conseil du Mal discusses Philip José Farmer’s “Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life” – Part 1″

Pre-release sale for the Rickie Talos anthology

Rickie, the big anthology collection of vignettes, short stories, novellas and artwork featuring the Doc Talos pastiche of the classic pulp character Pat Savage, will debut on July 15! Despite appearing in forty original Doc Savage pulps, Pat Savage rarely got to truly shine. In more recent years, fans of Pat have been treated toContinue reading “Pre-release sale for the Rickie Talos anthology”

The 1970’s Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage Magazine – best comics Doc ever? Part 3

In the first two parts of this article, I began a look at the comics adaptation of Doc Savage that many fans — even almost fifty years after they appeared — consider the finest ever done. The Doc Savage magazine of that era was published hoping to ride the coattails of what was a hoped-forContinue reading “The 1970’s Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage Magazine – best comics Doc ever? Part 3”

The 1970’s Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage Magazine – best comics Doc ever? Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, I took a look at some of the history of Doc Savage comics from Marvel in the 1970’s, which began in 1972 in the full color Doc Savage comic (which adapted original pulp novels in two-issue arcs), and then transitioned after the color comic’s cancellation into a black andContinue reading “The 1970’s Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage Magazine – best comics Doc ever? Part 2”

The 1970’s Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage Magazine – best comics Doc ever? Part 1

The classic pulp character of Doc Savage has had an uneasy relationship with the medium of sequential graphics — comic books. For some reason, though each time a new Doc Savage comics series appears the publisher claims they “finally did Doc Savage right”…very few readers and critics seem to agree. Some fans don’t like DocContinue reading “The 1970’s Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage Magazine – best comics Doc ever? Part 1”

Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 18

And so we come to the last installment of this immense, 18-part exploration of all the mainstream appearances of Doc Savage’s persistent nemesis, John Sunlight. It began in 1938, with the Lester Dent pulp novel Fortress of Solitude, and Sunlight’s final appearance came in the 2017 comic series from Dynamite Entertainment, written by David AvalloneContinue reading “Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 18”

The Council of Evil discusses Harold Bloom’s “The Flight to Lucifer”

What follows is a review/discussion by three diverse authors…all enthusiastic creators and readers of pulp adventure. The three of us met in 2021 and immediately enjoyed one another’s company and writings to the degree that we joined in the tradition of author circles like the 1930’s Kalem Club (a literary group whose last names allContinue reading “The Council of Evil discusses Harold Bloom’s “The Flight to Lucifer””

Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 17

In the previous installment, David Avallone, author of the last (to date) John Sunlight tale, joined me to talk about his inspirations and process for the story, The Ring of Fire. David will return again, giving us more background on the third issue of this four-issue tale, published by Dynamite Entertainment in 2017. The firstContinue reading “Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 17”

Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 16

In the last installment, I began with a look at the first issue of Dynamite Entertainment’s 2017 Doc Savage limited series, The Ring of Fire. The author was David Avallone, the artist Dave Acosta. Since then, David Avallone himself has graciously offered to let me share his thoughts on the series here. What follows isContinue reading “Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 16”

Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 15

The most recent appearance of John Sunlight in a mainstream venue was in the 2017 Dynamite Entertainment comic book limited series Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire. The author of this story is David Avallone, and the interior art is by Dave Acosta. This is also the last time (to date) that a Doc SavageContinue reading “Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 15”