Showcase Presents: Doc Savage Paperback – Jul 12 2011
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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.
(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.
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.