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Doc Savage (1988 series) #16 Comic Book

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Undersea Showdown: The Sea Baron, Part 2

Date of Publication
January 1990
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


Mike W. Barr
Gabriel Morrissette
Mike Bair
Tony Tollin
Andy Kubert
Cover Penciler

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

Plunged into the hostile sea, Doc Savage manages to escape his bonds with the unwitting aid of the sharks and surfaces to release his captured aides. The armored Sea Baron is able to hold them off for a time, then suddenly dives overboard, leaving the heroes aboard his booby-trapped craft. Doc and company elude the bomb and debate the possible identity of the Sea Baron. Doc arranges with Petrocorp to send an unmanned tanker through the area as a trap for the villain. The Sea Baron and his creature appear and Doc seizes the madman and unmasks him: it’s Conrad Barron. Doc tries to use Barron’s helmet to control the monster but he is knocked unconscious by the villain. Doc’s aides track the monster to its lair and discover thousands of the creature’s eggs ready to hatch; and use torpedoes to destroy the threat. Meanwhile, Doc confronts Barron in the Subbase and they fight but are soon interrupted by Evan Samuels, who reveals that he planted the bomb to kill Barron in hopes of winning his wife. The rivals fight and Barron breaks Samuels’ neck with his enhanced strength. The madman then turns on Doc who uses some loose electric wiring to electrocute Barron, reducing him to a mindless vegetable needing the care of his wife.



Peter Silvestro (February 15, 2010)
a) None of the original aides appear, though Monk and Ham are mentioned; b) a rare “appearance” (in Doc’s memory) of Clark Savage, Sr.; c) Doc can imitate a dolphin well enough to fool real dolphins; d) a rare instance of Doc needing rescue (page 18); e) the villain’s henchmen, seen on the last page of issue 15, seem to have vanished completely from this issue; f) nice distortion effect on the cover.

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By Peter Silvestro
The whodunit angle increases in this installment, even including a page to summarize all the suspects. The highlight is the six-page “Doc escapes from the shark” sequence the unfortunately throws off the pacing, making the rest of the tale seem rushed. All in all, competent but not one of Barr’s better efforts. The art is likewise serviceable but not a particular standout.

Score: 3 (out of 5)