The 1970’s Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage Magazine – best comics Doc ever? Part 7

When we left off, this look at the ’70’s Marvel Doc Savage magazine had reached Issue #2 of its eight issue run, with the beginning of a story called “Hell-Reapers at the Heart of Paradise”. I was 17 in 1975, and a huge Doc fan. Though disappointed with the camp approach of the Man ofContinue reading “The 1970’s Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage Magazine – best comics Doc ever? Part 7”

The 1970’s Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage Magazine – best comics Doc ever? Part 6

The next issue of the Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage magazine was #2, and it sported a cover by Ken Barr. Though dynamic, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. Certainly there are some nods to the iconic James Bama in its composition (the menacing figure looming in the upper background was a stylistic technique thatContinue reading “The 1970’s Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage Magazine – best comics Doc ever? Part 6”

The 1970’s Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage Magazine – best comics Doc ever? Part 5

We’ve arrived at the climax of Issue #1 of the 1975 Doc Savage black and white Marvel magazine, a story titled “The Doom on Thunder Isle”, written by Doug Moench, and drawn by John Buscema and Tony DeZuniga. Having arrived at the titular isle, Doc had upped-periscope from the submarine Helldiver, and was looking overContinue reading “The 1970’s Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage Magazine – best comics Doc ever? Part 5”

The 1970’s Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage Magazine – best comics Doc ever? Part 4

When we left off in this in-depth look at the Marvel/Curtis 1975 Doc Savage black and white magazine, we were deep into the story of issue #1, titled The Doom on Thunder Isle, written by Doug Moench, and drawn by John Buscema and Tony DeZuniga. A little bit of fun nostalgia for those Doc fansContinue reading “The 1970’s Marvel/Curtis Doc Savage Magazine – best comics Doc ever? Part 4”

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”

Featuring: Monk

When the five aides of Doc Savage were introduced in the 1933 novel The Man of Bronze, they were featured more or less equally, but it did not take long for a favorite to emerge from among them. The apish chemist Andrew Blodgett “Monk” Mayfair, usually in tandem with his friend and intellectual sparring partnerContinue reading “Featuring: Monk”

Balancing fun and sophistication – The Inferno Scheme, Part 3

The first and second parts of The Inferno Scheme from Marvel’s 1976 Doc Savage magazine #3, displayed a superb blend of pulp adventure grounded in realistic touches, and unexpected character development. Sophisticated storytelling techniques blended with straightforward actions scenes seamlessly. But would the creative team of Doug Moench, John Buscema and Tony DeZuniga continue toContinue reading “Balancing fun and sophistication – The Inferno Scheme, Part 3”

Balancing fun and sophistication – The Inferno Scheme, Part 2

The opening scenes from Marvel’s Doc Savage magazine #3 (1976) not only were loaded with action, they displayed some writing virtuosity. The act of the author breaking the fourth wall (speaking directly to the audience) had been a technique used by Marvel since the Sixties — Stan Lee often used it just as Doug MoenchContinue reading “Balancing fun and sophistication – The Inferno Scheme, Part 2”