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Pulp magazines were cheap popular genre literature magazines of the first half of the 20th Century. They are referred to as "pulps" due to the very low quality of the paper used to produce them.

Doc Savage was an adventure hero who debuted in a self-titled pulp magazine in 1933 and ran in the pulps until 1949 with 181 issues published. In the 1940s, he also appeared in comic books in order to compete against the likes of Superman and Batman which he partially inspired. In the 1960s, the original stories were reprinted in paperback form by Bantam. Artist James Bama re-invisioned the character on the covers using model/actor Steve Holland as the model. The heavily muscled strong man with pronounced widow's peak hair style was a mark difference from the conventional good looks he was portrayed with in the '30s and '40s. From then to the present, he would appear in several different reprints, a movie (plus another movie that never got made), different comic book series at different companies in different decades, and all new novels. This collection looks at the various portrayals of the character by different artists for different formats in different decades, some of whom are illustrating the same story.

This collection focuses mainly on the art and imagery with a few exceptions. Other than those exceptions, when referring to "Creator", we are referring to the artist of the cover or illustration and not the author of the story being illustrated.

 
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