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Anthony Tollin's Sanctum Productions and Nostalgia Ventures are celebrating the 75th birthday of Doc Savage with two special commemorative volumes. "Like The Shadow, Doc Savage was a major influence on future superheroes, especially Superman and the Fantastic Four," explains series editor Anthony Tollin. "Without Clark Savage, the Man of Bronze, it's unlikely we'd have ever seen Clark Kent, the Man of Steel"

 "I like to call Lester Dent 'the Father of the Superhero' because, while Superman and Batman had other influences, both borrowed liberally from Doc Savage, the original owner of the Fortress of Solitude," explains pulp historian Will Murray, who collaborated posthumously with Dent on seven Doc Savage paperback originals.

 Doc Savage #14 pays tribute to the 1933 debut of the pulp era's greatest superman with reprints of the first two Doc Savage novels, "The Man of Bronze" and "The Land of Terror," and a never-before-published foreword by Lester Dent, Doc's principal writer. Doc Savage #14 is being released in two variant editions; the classic version leads off with Walter Baumhofer's legendary painting from the first issue of Doc Savage Magazine, while the variant edition features the striking James Bama painting that launched the 1960s paperback revival.

 "For everything there is a beginning and an ending," Tollin explains. "This fifteenth volume of our Doc Savage reprints continues our celebration of the Man of Bronze¹s diamond anniversary as we reprint 'Doc Savage, Supreme Adventurer,' the first Doc  story ever written, along with 'The Red Spider,' the last Lester Dent Doc Savage novel ever published." In 1932, Doc Savage editor John Nanovic had written "Doc Savage, Supreme Adventurer," a 9,000 word novelette that served as the prototype for the first Doc Savage novel, Lester Dent's "The Man of Bronze." Nanovic's unpublished story was "lost" for nearly a half century until a manuscript carbon was unearthed from the Dent papers by pulp historian Will Murray.

 Originally written by Dent in 1948 as "In Hell, Madonna," "The Red Spider" was shelved when publisher Street & Smith grew wary of stories dealing with the developing Cold War, and was finally published 31 years later after the "lost" manuscript was unearthed by Dent's widow and pulp historian Will Murray. "Not only did 'The Red Spider' represent an important new direction for the fifteen-year-old series, but it featured the final appearances of Long Tom Roberts and Renny Renwick, both in wartime military uniform," observes Will Murray. "Doc Savage takes his first recorded supersonic flight. And he encounters one of those rare women who crack his metallic facade, Seryi Mitroff. Here, Lester Dent was on the leading edge of the Cold War spy subgenre‹which had yet to flower."

 In addition to the first Doc Savage story and Lester Dent's last-published novel, Doc Savage #15 reprints two more Cold War epics, "Terror Wears No Shoes" and "Return from Cormoral," with cover artwork by Bob Larkin and George Rozen. For this pulp-sized reprint, Tollin and Murray have restored the long-lost, never-published art created for the story in 1948 by legendary illustrator Edd Cartier.

 Edd Cartier has also written a new foreword for Nostalgia Ventures' sister publication, The Shadow #16. One of the few survivors of the Golden Age of Pulps, the 93-year-old "living legend" recalls his early career at Street & Smith, and explains why he turned down an offer to be Norman Rockwell's assistant to continue his work on The Shadow Magazine and other Street & Smith magazines. The Shadow #16 reprints two Walter Gibson thrillers, "City of Crime" and "Shadow Over Alcatraz," along with George Rozen's color covers and Edd Cartier's original illustrations.

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