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. Apparently he worked as a Military Consultant during the war or perhaps as an Intelligence Agent. His eccentric ways lend themselves to polysyllabic vocabulary, never using a short word if he can think of a long one.
What Mr. Farmer proposes here is simple. What if Doc Savage was a real person? What if even some of the adventures are actually true events?
Ride along with Mr. Farmer as he explores this and other questions. Along the way, meet other pulp heroes who are kin to The Man of Bronze. Discover the secret of Doc’s father, Doc’s birth, and Doc’s rigorous training. Get in depth reports on all of Doc’s Fabulous Five and Patria Savage, his lovely fire breathing cousin with her huge .45 Colt revolver.
And above all, get a research book that can be used to file your own collection. I think PJ Farmer deserves a full five out of five stars for the obvious research he put into this volume.
Quoth the Raven…