Friday, 27 March 2015

Doc Savage At British Marvel

Over here, we first encountered Pulp's greatest hero Doc Savage in the pages of reprint weekly The Super-Heroes, a catch-all jamboree of a title that also featured The Silver Surfer, The X-Men, The Cat, The Scarecrow and Giant-Man, among others, in it's roster.
We'd never read anything like Doc before, and loved him and his gang of kooky experts, particularly the Ben Grimm-esque Monk. I was also massively impressed with The Man Of Bronze's exercise regime, mainly because I knew there was no hope of me ever being that focused about anything.
I also loved the way Doc always called his pals 'Brothers'. In essence, he and his Fabulous Five are really a boys' gang, like Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn all grown up, always looking for adventures to go on and trees to climb.
This, the debut story reprinted from the US Doc mag, is still the best one, I think, with superb Buscema / DeZuniga art and of course, a great script from Doug ( I never slept in the Bronze Age ) Moench.
Just for fun, let's read The Doom On Thunder Isle the way we read it in The Super-Heroes, with the British covers and specially commissioned linking splashes for each episode. These covers are actually quite good, but the splashes are just as bland, though professional, as I remember them. Well, we can't all be John Buscema can we?
For the full effect, read each installment a week apart.