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.