20 Doc Savage Books Everyone Should Read!
by John A. Wilcox

I started reading Doc Savage books in the early 1970's. My first was The Freckled Shark. It had a powerful cover painted by James Bama and an adventurous story that held me spellbound. I was hooked & remain a fan to this day. Although credited to Kenneth Robeson, the vast majority of the 180+ supersagas were penned by Lester Dent. They originally saw print in the 1930's - 1940's. Doc's influence is everywhere. Doc is Clark Savage jr, the man of bronze. When he needs privacy, he heads to his secret fortress of solitude in the Antarctic. Sound familiar? In the novel The Black, Black Witch Doc must foil the Nazis in their quest for religious objects Hitler wants for their power. Hello, Indy! Another novel was all but lifted by Ian Fleming for Dr No.
Below you'll find a list of 20 of my faves. I started with his print debut and finished with his final pulp appearance. I've used the original pulp covers as icons here. It just seemed fitting. Do track them down and treat yourself to the baddest bad guys, gorgeous women, exotic locales, and fantastic adventures...

The Man Of Bronze

Fortress Of Solitude

The Freckled Shark

The Monsters

Motion Menace

The Seven Agate Devils

The Living Fire Menace

The Submarine Mystery

The Majii


The Yellow Cloud

The Stone Man

The Black Spot

The Sea Magician

I Died Yesterday

No Light To Die By

The Black, Black Witch

The Golden Man

The Pink Lady

Up From Earth's Center


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