Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Iceberg Island

"Iceberg Island" from Doc Savage vol.1 #2 (DC, 1987) by Denny O'Neil, Andy Kubert and Adam Kubert
Ever since I discovered Doc Savage books at my local library when I was a kid, I've tried to be a fan and failed. I mean, I've enjoyed the books I've read, but if you would ask me to name the guys in his crew, I'd be hard-pressed. And it's the same each time I try to get into a Man of Bronze comic book series. I don't know what it is with me. It doesn't stop me from trying, and when looking for a book to read, I'll often think that maybe I should pick up one of those Doc Savage books on my shelf (even the ones I've already read, I've recalled little in the way of detail). Sell me on him if you like.

DC's done three volumes. The mini-series by O'Neil and the Kubert Bros. (above), which was successful enough for DC to launch a monthly. It lasted two years, though Mike Barr replaced O'Neil after 6 issues. The monthly gave Savage a grandson and moved the stories into the present day, which was probably controversial. And of course, there was a more recent attempt in the First Wave family of pulp books. Again, I wanted to get into it and simply couldn't muster enough interest to invest in it.

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