The FIRST TWO Doc Savage Stories! The mysterious death of Doc's father takes Doc to Central America and a lost Mayan empire in his very first adventure. Can he defeat the Feathered Serpent and the Red Death to free King Chaac and the beautiful Princess Monja? In his second novel, Doc trails the murderous master villain Kari to prehistoric Thunder Island. Both are from 1933.
This pulp reprint includes a lengthy essay by Will Murray about how Dent and his publishers came to create Doc (for one, they saw the success of The Shadow). In honor of the Man of Bronze's 75th anniversary, this variant edition reprints the classic James Bama cover that launched the 1960s Doc Savage revival.
I personally discovered Doc in those first Bantam paperbacks, as a kid on our family vacation. I recall buying one of them within the first six or eight releases. I went back to the family van and began reading it while the folks were getting groceries or something. I was so grabbed by the story, I went back to the store and bought several more (hey, paperbacks were .35 or .50 in those days) and thus began my affair with Doc Savage. Like many others, those James Bama covers surely drew me to them in the first place.
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