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Doc Savage (1987 series) #3 Comic Book

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Return To The Silver Pyramid (The Heritage of Doc Savage: Part 3)

Date of Publication
January 1988
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


Dennis O'Neil
Andy Kubert
Adam Kubert
Petra Scotese
Andy Kubert
Cover Penciler

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

Doc Savage’s aides are imprisoned in the silver pyramid by the Nazis. Against his mother’s advice, Chip determines to rescue them, and sets out for Central America in his jet. Heinz Wessel gloats to the aides about his plans to use the “death ray,” actually a matter transmitter, to eliminate the entire human race but for himself. Doc’s men manage to overpower the guards but Wessel escapes, leaving them trapped in the laboratory. Meanwhile, in another galaxy, Doc Savage, who was transported there and has been healed of the damage the journey inflicted on him, requests of his alien hosts that he be sent back, despite the risks involved. Back on Earth, Chip parachutes into Hidalgo, links up with the wounded Shoshanna, and together they fight their way into the pyramid. They manage to reach the laboratory and meet up with the rest of the team but their escape plans are interrupted by the sudden appearance of Doc Savage in the matter transmitter, looking not a day older but with his mind possibly shattered.



Peter Silvestro (February 15, 2010)
a) Doc Savage is said to have helped “Al” Einstein clarify a few points in his Theory of Relativity; b) an explanation of how Mercy bullets work is provided; c) it is implied that Doc’s aides don’t speak German (or else they could tell the guards about Wessel’s real plan) but that does not seem likely, especially since they were returning from a mission to Germany in the first issue; d) Shoshanna is spelled “Shoshonna” in this issue.

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By Peter Silvestro
The issue building up to Doc’s return is a nice all-action story that allows us to see Chip’s heroic qualities, and expands on Shoshanna’s character as well, showing us a grim professional competence that was only implied in the previous issue. Bo comes into his own, though his sharp street smarts seem at odds with the feckless dude of issues 2 and 4. Unfortunately the issue is hurt by the first in-depth use of Wessel and he’s a cartoon Nazi fanatic with a broad accent; the character looks like he wandered out of a satire. Doc’s exile and return lends an intriguing science-fiction aspect to the proceedings, but we’ll have to see if it’s ever followed up on.

Score: 2 (out of 5)