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Showcase Presents: Doc Savage [Paperback]

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July 12 2011 Showcase Presents (Unnumbered Paperback)
Pulp fiction hero Doc Savage is back in this value-priced title collecting his 1970s black-and-white magazine adventures for the first time.

Originally published in 1975 by Marvel Comics, these tales include: • “The Doom on Thunder Island” • “Hell-Reapers at the Heart of Paradise” • “The Inferno Scheme” • “Ghost Pirates from The Beyond” • “The Sky Stealers” • “The Mayan Mutations”


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (July 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140123125X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401231255
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 535 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #500,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best comic book appearance yet for Doc July 20 2011
By J. Higgins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Doc Savage has been bouncing around the comic book scene since the 1940s, in the hands of publishers such as Gold Key / Western, Marvel, Millenium, Dark Horse, and DC. Starting in December, 2013, Dynamite Entertainment - the comics company perhaps best known for its 'Deja Thoris', 'Red Sonja', and 'Vampirella' ultra-cheesecake comics- was the latest owner of the comic book rights to the franchise, and is releasing a color comic with writing by Chris Roberson and artwork by Bilquis Evely.

Probably the best of these comic book incarnations are the eight issues Marvel released in black and white, magazine-size format, under its Curtis Circulation imprint.

These first of these issues of `Doc Savage' debuted in the Summer of 1975 as part of a tie-in with the movie. The movie of course bombed awfully, permanently scarring many Savage fans even unto the present day. Nonetheless, Stan Lee and Archie Goodwin kept the magazine going for seven more issues, into 1977.

Demonstrating the sometimes esoteric nature of licensing legalities, since DC now holds the license to the character, it holds the republication rights to all eight of the Marvel / Curtis issues, which are featured in this `Showcase' trade paperback. Needless to say the words `Curtis' or `Marvel' are not mentioned anywhere at all in this book, not even within the ISBN credits. Indeed, unless buyers know the history of the Doc Savage comics, they would be correct in presuming that all the material in this volume originated with DC....

What you do get in this Showcase volume are 450 pages containing all eight of the Curtis issues, including the cover art and pinups. [The other, non-comic art features that appeared in the magazines are not included, however].

Note that these comics were all originally printed in black and white, and they reproduce very well here (even though the book uses the cheaper grade of `phone book' quality paper).

The artwork, by John Buscema, Tony DeZuniga, Val Mayerik, and later Ernie Chan, remains the best the franchise has seen, and among the best Marvel issued in the 70s in its magazine format. Even if you are not a Doc Savage fan, it's worth picking up this Showcase volume.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Agreed, the best-ever original Doc Savage adventures July 26 2011
By Clayton Emery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Doug Moench admitted he only read a couple of Doc Savage adventures, then relied on a friend for details, but he drafted eight of the best-ever original adventures. Here we get a Doc Savage who openly discusses WHY he fights crime. Monk and Ham chase skirts as usual and, not as usual, get their comeuppance. And the Monk-Ham ongoing feud has never been funnier. All the Fabulous Five get to step forward and shine in the spotlight, showing why they're selected to this elite crew. Renny even falls in love! The settings are lush, the gadgets are great, the action is fabulous and original and thrilling. Even the villains get in a few lines about why they're villainous, and some minions get in great asides, like complaining about "itchy masks". I've collected every DS comic ever, and these original stories, originally in black and white, are the only good ones - and they're terrific!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Comic Adaption of Doc July 21 2011
By M. Spitzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
These B/W large format comics from 1975-1977 are still the best adaption of Doc Savage ever released.
(yikes ... it's been 35 years since I first read these ?? Time flies)

As mentioned in the earlier review, these were originally Marvel/Curtis adaptions but now DC owns the rights.

The only reason I give this wonderful collection 4 stars and not 5 is because of the lower grade of paper used and the smaller book format which makes all the artwork about 30% smaller than the original versions.

Note - cover shown here on Amazon is not the actual cover from the Book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doc Savages' Moment To Shine in Comics Sept. 9 2011
By docsavfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This trade paperback published by DC Comics includes the complete 8 issue reprint of a magazine put out by Marvel Comics in the mid 1970's. I still own the originals in great shape, but I had to buy this book. This is the best Doc Savage ever looked in comic books. With art by John Buscema, Tony DeZuniga and Ernie Chan, this series "got " Doc in comics the best. The stories are very fun and pulp like, so if you've read the original pulp magazine Doc Savage stories I think you'll be right at home. This book would also be a great present to any young comics fan and a fine introduction of the character to those unfamiliar with the great "Man of Bronze".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, I'll Be Superamalgamated June 27 2013
By Adam - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book collects 1-8 of the Curtis Comic stories that were published in the mid-70s. Each issue follows the adventures of the legendary Doc Savage and his team of five assistants as they battle monsters and madmen in issue after issue.

The stories manage to evoke a great period feel. The writing is mostly servicable rather than brilliant. Doc remains the inscrutable and brilliant man of bronze. Of his five aids, Ham and Monk remain the most dominant as their "friendly" ribbing goes a level above the Human Torch and the Thing's. I guess bystanders should be thankful that one of them doesn't have the power to throw flames. The writing is usually helped by the length (around 50-60 plus pages)which allows the stories to be more complex than your average comic book.

However, what makes this collection a winner is the art. It's very powerful and fun to look at it. There are some great Splash pages as well as a few nice pin-ups of the Doc and his men. Like all Showcase Presents volumes, this one is black and white but the difference is these were intended to be in black and white.

The bottom line is that the book offers some good pulp adventures plus a chance to see Doc Savage in a visual medium.

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