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”

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”

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”

Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 14

In the previous installment, I took a look at the concept and introductory issues of Dynamite Entertainment’s 2014 Justice Inc. limited series, which featured John Sunlight as one of two antagonists (the other being Dr. Mocquino, The Voodoo Master, an opponent of The Shadow). Sunlight did not appear until issue #3, crashing down from aboveContinue reading “Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 14”

Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 13

The next appearance of John Sunlight was in 2014, in a comic book limited series from Dynamite Entertainment. Dynamite had acquired not only the right to do Doc Savage stories, but also the other two pillars of Depression-era heroic pulp fiction: The Shadow and The Avenger. Dynamite’s not-too-surprising decision on the use of those charactersContinue reading “Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 13”

Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 12

When we left off, we were about halfway through IDW’s 2012 Rocketeer story, Cargo of Doom. Series creator Dave Stevens had, in his original stories about this character, included fond “guest appearances” of Doc, Monk and Ham, though they were not officially named, as Rocketeer comics were not authorized to openly use those names. AfterContinue reading “Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 12”

Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 11

The next appearance of John Sunlight in a comic book story was a very unique one, as it was a pastiche, rather than an “authorized” Doc Savage property. And it was in a series whose original creator, the late great Dave Stevens, was an enthusiastic Doc fan. He created the popular Rocketeer series. Stevens passedContinue reading “Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 11”