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 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 10

John Sunlight’s appearance in DC Comics’ First Wave event of 2010 was iconoclastic indeed. The whole series had lofty goals of redefining pulp and comic book heroes into a format that could stimulate interest among readers in the millennial world — in retrospect, it didn’t fully succeed in creating a revolution in heroic literature, butContinue reading “Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 10”

Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 9

Time is strange. It doesn’t feel as if almost 20 years passed after Millennium Productions’ fine Doc Savage comics story The Monarch of Armageddon, before the character of John Sunlight would appear anywhere again. And yet it was 2010 that DC Comics (who had held the comic book rights to produce Doc stories in theContinue reading “Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 9”

Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 8

Thirty years ago, Millennium Productions’ comic book presentation of The Monarch of Armageddon was coming to its climax. The final issue of the four-issue series had a dynamic cover by Brian Stelfreeze, depicting Doc fighting the ubermensch from the hidden civilization of Thule, Xaus. The primary villain of the story, however, was John Sunlight. AcrossContinue reading “Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 8”

Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 7

In the last installment, we were halfway through Millennium Productions’ original comic story The Monarch of Armageddon, written by Mark Ellis and drawn by Darryl Banks. The tale featured John Sunlight as its prime antagonist, and took place as a direct sequel to the Lester Dent pulp Doc Savage novel, The Devil Genghis. Across theContinue reading “Omnipresent Sunlight: Doc Savage’s archenemy – Part 7”