- Mass Market Paperback: 269 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; First Thus edition (1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553088343
- ISBN-13: 978-0553088342
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Doc Savage His Apocalyptic Life Mass Market Paperback – 1975
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Years later, when Farmer wrote Tarzan Alive I ate that book up, reading several times in a row. So deep and wonderful, connecting all these fantasy characters together in a manner I'd never seen before. It was one of my first encounters with the guy who would become one of my favorite authors. But this isn't really about that.
Finding Farmer's treatise on Doc Savage on my local bookstore's shelves was nothing short of amazing. Shorter and more accessible than the epic Tarzan Alive effort, due to the focused subject, His Apocalyptic Life quickly became a favorite that was re-read and referenced on a regular basis. Surely when I had a chance to visit the Empire State Building later in life, I thrilled as I passed the 86th floor knowing what lay on the other side.
But enough fancy and fantasy. This is a solid book, a great addition for any Doc fan. Especially those who have read all the original series, and those who may be discovering the additional tales penned by Farmer and Murray. Highly recommended.
Note: if you've read this book before, it's worth picking up the 2013, Meteor House, hardcover (revised, expanded) edition again for the additional material included. It's the third copy on my shelf, and I don't regret it's purchase at all!
The book to a certain extent acts as a sequel to Farmer's better known (but, to me, of lesser quality) Tarzan Alive.Read more ›
Doc Savage was the hero of Doc Savage magazine, first published in March 1933. It lasted for 181 issues, the last being released Summer 1949. Doc was a super-man, fantastically intelligent, skilled at every major (and minor) science. He was immensely strong as well, the result of a two hour workout he does every day without fail.
Taught by masters the world over, Doc is a master of disguise, a linguist of tremendous versatility, skilled in woodcraft and tracking, and expert in any number of unarmed self-defense tactics.
His Fabulous Five are men he first met in a WWI prison camp. They are highly skilled in their profession, acknowledging only one superior—Doc Savage himself. His men are:
Lt. Colonel Andrew Blogget “Monk” Mayfair an industrial chemist. He is also famous for his pet pig “Habeas Corpus” and long running feud with “Ham” Brooks.
Brigadier General Theodore Marley “Ham” Brooks, perhaps the finest lawyer ever produced by the Harvard Law School. He is known for sartorial perfection in dressing, an ever-present sword cane, his pet ape “Chemistry”, and his long running feud with “Monk” Mayfair.
Colonel John “Renny” Renwick, an engineer known the world over for building roads, bridges, buildings, and dams. He is also famous for two of the largest hands in existence and for knocking panels out of doors.
Major Thomas “Long Tom” Roberts, an electrical genius comparable to Edison. The runt of the group, Long Tom looks undersized and unhealthy. He can whip nine out of ten men, and the tenth wouldn’t have it easy.
William Harper “Johnny” Littlejohn, a College Professor, archeologist and geologist.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Farmer does a good job of collating the original 181 adventures into a somewhat integrated narrative. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William R Cooper
I'm still wrapping my mind around this one. What did the author have in mind with it? And what was its purpose. We know where they are based, and we know why he's that wealthy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by G. C. Levine
I haven't checked reading it on my tablet yet, but when reading it on my Samsung Galaxy phone, none of the diagrams were visible. The book itself is just as good as I remember it.Published 12 months ago by Robin Pleak
A great examination of pulp hero Doc Savage's life as if he really existed. Includes Doc's other heroic relatives like the Shadow. A very fun read.Published 15 months ago by Michael W. Rickard II
I gave up on trying to read this. It feels like I'm coming in in the middle -- there's a lot they seem to assume I know but don't. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ted Slampyak
This is the second of Farmer's mock biographies of pulp heroes. Farmer first took the Sherlockian approach in Tarzan Alive, but in this book he focuses on Tarzan's cousin, Doc... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jason Aiken
Not really a story at all. It's just a lot of fictional facts. I can't imagine who would find this interesting.
This was a major disappointment. I love Farmer's work.
I originally read this book as an eighteen year old, back in 1974. It turned me on to the Doc Savage novels. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Wesley Clark