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Doc Savage: The Curse of the Fire God #3 Comic Book

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Curse of the Fire God, Part Three

Date of Publication
November 1995
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


Steve Vance
Pat Broderick
Tom Simmons
Dave Nestelle
Gary Gianni
Cover Penciler

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

Doc Savage and Pat are in freefall after leaping from the villains’ plane. Doc manages to catch up to the thug who fell overboard earlier and appropriate his parachute, bringing himself and his cousin to an awkward but safe landing in some tall trees. In Delezon, Renny, having been notified by telegram that his compatriots survived the death trap, meets Monk, Ham, and Long Tom in the jungle, The group goes to check on the nation’s oil wells, which Renny has been trying to restore to working order and finds Kuchulkan speaking from the heart of an oil fire, enlisting the workers in the cause of revolution; the aides barely escape the ensuing attack. Meanwhile, Doc and Pat swing through the trees and while Doc reconnoiters a rebel camp, Pat fights off a poisonous snake and both barely evade a rebel guard. When Doc and his team are reunited in President Diaz’s office, reporter Whitney Wellman bursts in to inform them that he knows where the missing men are held. Wellman leads the party down into the palace dungeon where, sure enough, they find Johnny and the two foreign dignitaries but a sudden gas attack renders them all unconscious, and Doc, before he goes under, comes face-to-face with the fiery form of Kuchulkan.



Peter Silvestro (February 15, 2010)
Additional Credit: writer Steve Vance also served as breakdown artist. a) Chemistry is back, sort of—he can be spotted on the plane and in the dungeon; b) the events of the pulp novel DUST OF DEATH are mentioned explicitly.

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By Peter Silvestro
Again, the terrific jungle scenes make the entire issue, though the story doesn’t advance much. Then again, many of the old pulps also padded out their plots with chases, fights, captures and escapes, so this part actually is Doc Savage “done right.” The strangest part is the coloring, as Doc, formerly bronze, is now a deep walnut stain.

Score: 3 (out of 5)