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Doc Savage (1979 series) #1 Comic Book

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Listed in alphabetical order.

Doc Savage, Ham Brooks, Johnny Littlejohn, Long Tom Roberts, Monk Mayfair, Princess Monja, Renny Renwick.


The Man of Bronze

Date of Publication
March 1979
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


Lester Dent
Horace J. Elias
Maurice Whitman
Maurice Whitman
James Bama
Cover Penciler
James Bama
Cover Inker
James Bama
Cover Colorist

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

Doc Savage assembles his friends to inform them his father has died from a mysterious illness. As they look into the matter of his legacy, they are fired upon by a Mayan warrior. A chase leads to the assassin’s suicide. Doc’s father’s papers grant him title to a plot of land in Central America and the contents thereof. Doc and his aides fly to Hidalgo, facing threats and challenges on the way. There, Doc discovers his chief nemesis, and the one who killed his father with the Red Death, is a revolutionary who covets the gold of the mysterious lost valley to finance his scheme of taking over the government. Doc and his men enter the forbidding Valley of the Vanished to find a perfectly preserved Mayan civilization, ruled over by the kindly King Chaac and his daughter Princess Monja. The valley’s gold is Doc’s legacy should he prove himself worthy. Doc is opposed by the Mayan warriors who are in the service of the villain, who is impersonating the son of their god, the Feathered Serpent. The mastermind uses the Red Death to infect the natives through the water supply but Doc finds a cure, leading to Doc and his men being adopted into the tribe. As his last violent effort to get his hands on the gold, the enemy supplies the warriors with modern weapons, besieging Doc’s team inside the pyramid. The Man of Bronze whips up some gunpowder and the aides fight back with homemade bombs, vanquishing the warriors. The Son of Feathered Serpent leaps to his death in a chasm to escape capture. Doc is declared worthy of the gold, which he vows to uses to further his crusade against evil; he departs for home, to the dismay of the smitten Princess Monja.



Peter Silvestro (August 28, 2010)
Comments: “A Skylark Illustrated Edition” digest-sized black and white adaptation of the initial Doc novel, published by Bantam. No more Doc Savage stories issued in this series. The cover is taken from James Bama’s painting for RED SNOW. The final page includes vocabulary words (defined within the story) e.g. legacy, adversaries; and quiz questions e.g. “What language was spoken by the tribe in the Valley of the Vanished?”

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By Peter Silvestro
This hard-to-find (at a reasonable price) item was surprisingly good. Though set in the modern day, the story is extremely faithful to the original and works very well, even though some details had to be jettisoned for space concerns e.g. no mention of the Fortress of Solitude, there is no Monk-Ham feud, Johnny does not use big words (he doesn’t in the original but most writers retrofit the habit), in fact there is no characterization for the aides at all. Then again, this is an adaptation of an adventure story for a 64-page digest-sized comic book: the action was the main thing. The art is competently done, b&w line drawings done in the "Big Little Book" style and it works so long as you’re not expecting DC or Marvel level excitement. Doc especially is handled nicely, resembling a more solid version of Ron Ely, though he smiles a bit too much. The action scenes are quite impressive, given the constraints. The aides look okay, though Monk isn’t particularly apelike and Ham sports the standard comics mustache—the big problem is that the artist evidently confused Renny and Long Tom, portraying the latter as a big burly man and the former with the cap and scarf affected by Long Tom in the 1975 movie. The only absurd moment in the whole book is the depiction of Doc’s trilling: it consists of the word "Trill!" repeated behind Doc’s head in the panel. No, really. Bottom line: nice "traditional" comic adaptation, that respects the source material in all the right ways.

Score: 3 (out of 5)