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Doc Savage, the Manual of Bronze #1 Comic Book

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The Manual of Bronze

Date of Publication
August 1992
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


Tony Harris
Cover Penciler

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

A guide to the world of Doc Savage with profiles of Doc, Monk, Ham, Pat, Renny, Johnny, and Long Tom. Dossiers on selected villains are also featured: John Sunlight, Cadwiller Olden (from REPEL), Mo-Gwei (METEOR MENACE) and White Eyes (from Will Murray’s novel of that name). Bronze Secrets gives us diagrams of the Helldiver, Doc’s 86th floor headquarters, his equipment vest and the superfirer. Samples are included from a proposed 1936 Doc Savage comic strip, and the issue ends with a portrait gallery.



Peter Silvestro (February 15, 2010)
a) Credits: edits: Mark Ellis & Paul Davis. Art direction: Melissa Martin. Contributors: Darryl Banks, Deirdre DeLay, Eric Campfield, Lester Dent, Dafydd Neal Dyer, Mark Ellis, Tony Harris, Adam Hughes, Robert Lewis, Melissa Martin, Paul Orban, Brian Stelfreeze, Tim Truman & Doug Wildey. Special thanks to Will Murray & Norma Dent; b) Doug Wildey’s two paintings were apparently samples for a proposed Doc Savage animated series; c) though the cover says “No. 1,” no more were published.

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By Peter Silvestro
Nice overview of Doc and his world for new readers (and some old), even if the cover makes Doc look like Dolph Lundgren. The info is succinctly presented, though the villains’ profiles are pretty much just synopses of the novels they appear in. The only thing I would have wanted is a map of the Fortress of Solitude but one can’t have everything.

Score: 3 (out of 5)