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Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze (1991 series) #3 Comic Book

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The Monarch of Armageddon: Chapter Three

Date of Publication
March 1992
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


Mark Ellis
Darryl Banks
Robert Lewis
Deirdre DeLay
Brian Stelfreeze
Cover Penciler

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

Doc Savage’s aides uncover Breeze Castigleone’s secret hideout in a disguised water tower but the hood and his henchmen are gone. All that left is the corpse of Bill Smith, whose usefulness ended when he divulged to the gangster all he knew about the Nazi’s plans. Monk reveals that the drug the Tibetans tried to use on Pat was the same psychotropic used by John Sunlight, and that the villain must still be alive. Helena Smith’s medallion turns out to be a representation of Thule, a mythical island in the North Atlantic which is home to an Aryan Master Race. Johnny’s explanation is interrupted by the visit of a group of police officers, who turn out to be John Sunlight’s men in disguise, with murder on their minds. Their bullets are stopped by the glass shield in the office, but a grenade knocks everyone cold and men abduct Pat Savage and Helena Smith. Doc returns and his men fill him in on events and Doc concludes that Sunlight is working with Thule—a real place, with real supermen. On his boat, Sunlight, gloating about his plans to a captive Pat, is interrupted by the arrival of Doc and his men who defeat Sunlight’s henchmen but the master villain, vowing revenge against the Man of Bronze, takes Pat hostage and escapes with his gang. He throws the corpse of Helena Smith overboard to slow them down (another victim of the Savage Curse, according to Doc). A watching Breeze Castigleone also determines to be in on the payoff.

The issue also includes a text article:
“Genesis: John Sunlight, Part Two.”
Writer: Will Murray.
The history of Doc Savage’s greatest villain continues with a look at his second appearance, THE DEVIL GENGHIS, and attempts at a follow-up, ending with a study of Sunlight’s character.



Peter Silvestro (February 15, 2010)
a) First Millennium appearance of the Flea Run and the glass shield in the office; b) the Thule legend is drawn from authentic sources; c) reference is made to Renny’s brainwashing by John Sunlight in FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE; d) Onie Morton, Doc’s newsreader from THE TIME TERROR, is also mentioned. Additional comments: a) Text article continues from the previous issue; b) issue also includes “Bronze Mail,” a letters column.

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By Peter Silvestro
Here we get the best look at Millennium’s take on John Sunlight, and, sad to say, he’s not that sharply drawn: he never rises above the level of stock megalomaniac, and isn’t particularly distinctive visually either. Helena Smith’s murder also seems unnecessary, there only for the sake of some cheap villainy. The best part of this (and the previous) issue is the look at the aides working on their own, in a rare display of independence. As for the art, the last panel on page 11 is a nice touch, showing Sunlight’s world shattering with the death of Doc Savage. Stelfreeze’s eye-catching cover is an improvement over issue one, though it still seems an odd choice for a company promising the most faithful rendering of Doc Savage to put “James Bama on steroids” on their covers (yeah, I know, it’s to attract readers but still...).

Text article: Again, a lot of nice info for the diehard fan; his greatest service is presenting the evidence that backs up the main story’s account of how Sunlight survived his death at the end of the previous story.

Score: 3 (out of 5)