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Doc Savage His Apocalyptic Life Mass Market Paperback – 1975

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Hardcover
My father read the original Doc Savage pulps when he was a teen ager with money his father gave him for enteratinment. Years later, when Bantam Books reprinted them, he bought each and every one for me as they came out. There's nothing like a Doc Savage adventure (except for the next Doc Savage adventure) and I still thrill to new issues as the latest set bearing the original covers and closer to original size Nostalgia editions dribble out into public view.

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!
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Format: Hardcover
Doc Savage is one of those enduring pulp icons who will always have a cult following no matter how many years pass since his heyday. The creation of writer Lester Dent, Doc Savage was a combination private eye/crusading scientist/super hero who, with the help of his loyal assistant, managed to defeat some of the most evil threats that mankind has ever had to face. Certainly a bit corny but always a great deal of fun, the Doc Savage tales were always amongst the best of their type and, as the world continues to get more and more complicated, there's something wonderfully reassuring about entering into Doc Savage's world and discovering that evil can always be defeated by one bronze skinned genius. For this reason, Doc Savage continues to maintain a loyal fan base into the present day. One of these fans was the late science fiction writer Phillip Jose Farmer (creator of the Riverworld series and several other underground classics). Farmer wrote Doc Savage, His Apocalyptic Life as an obvious labor of love. While he goes out of his way to try to accurately document the mythos of Doc Savage (though some critics are correct when they point out that he sometimes draws conclusions that are far more Farmer than Dent), Farmer does so with a welcomed tone of uptmost (if still bemused) seriousness. Treating this book as not just a long fan letter but instead as an actual biography of an actual man, Farmer affords Doc Savage fans a dignity that others who have attempted to write about classic pulp icons haven't.
The book to a certain extent acts as a sequel to Farmer's better known (but, to me, of lesser quality) Tarzan Alive.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Doc Savage: His Apocalyptical Life by Philip Jose Farmer

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.
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