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Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, The Devil's Thoughts #1 Comic Book

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Title:

Devil's Thoughts, Chapter One

Date of Publication
August 1992
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars

Credits:

Charles Moore
Writer
Steve Stiles
Penciler
Steve Stiles
Inker
Rozana Stanage
Colorist
Tony Harris
Cover Penciler

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

In Indochina, Norivong, puppet king under the occupying French is visited by the demon Devajara who kills a royal servant and demands the return of the Sacred Linga…. Months later, at a New Year’s party at the uncompleted Empire State Building, Clark Savage Sr. sends his son with his pals to a nightclub in Chinatown and a meeting with a beautiful woman. The woman is singer Danielle Bouvier and the meeting concerns a Khmer artifact given her by a royal admirer which she wants appraised. The club is raided by hoods led by Asian gangster Hanoi Shan who wants to seize the place from his rival Vicente Torrio but Torrio’s boys arrive to put up a fight. Doc and aides pursue the fleeing mugs and are arrested by the police. After being released though his father’s connections, Doc and Danielle share a romantic moment at the Hidalgo Trading Company; a visit to Johnny confirms that the artifact she’s carrying is the Sacred Linga of the Khmer. Meanwhile, Savage Sr. is dealing with mobsters to finance the Crime College, to the dismay of his straight-laced friend Hubert Robertson. Hanoi Shan, in the service of the Devajara, uses his boss to eliminate his gangland rivals, and abducts Savage Sr. to force the older man to deal with his gang. Doc’s pals have already been captured by Shan’s gang on a visit to Chinatown, and when Doc arrives, Shan blasts him with a shotgun, intending to use his corpse to pressure the father into cooperating. In Indochina though, the rebels are anxiously awaiting their chief Jayara, as a giant serpent stirs restlessly in its temple, waiting for the empire to be restored.

 

Comments


Peter Silvestro (February 15, 2010)
a) The story’s title comes from a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge; b) Doc is testing out the newly-invented Superfirers; c) Hanoi Shan has the same name as the apparently real-life master criminal described by criminologist Harry Ashton-Wolfe (and inspiration for Fu Manchu) but does not appear to be the same person; d) Meyer Wolfsheim is the gangster from THE GREAT GATSBY, based on the real-life Arnold Rothstein, who was dead by 1932; e) a nightclub called the Purple Dragon and the “next chapter” title of Tunnel Terror are two references to Doc pulp titles; f) Johnny refers to Miskatonic University from the world of H.P. Lovecraft; g) the villain’s name is Devajara in issue 1 and Devaraja in 2 and 3.

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Reviews

By Peter Silvestro
Millennium’s third story arc gives us a fan-type plot about the “first supersaga,” the events leading up to Doc’s mission. It’s well handled, and though the romantic subplot is a bit out of place it is done with restraint and isn’t unacceptable. This turns out to be one of the better Millennium issues. As usual for the series, the art is less accomplished than the writing, though Doc resembles Ron Ely on page 21. The Tony Harris covers for the series are odd, featuring a shirtless Doc with strange five-buttoned pants and a sour expression on his face.

Score: 3 (out of 5)