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  • By Michael Brown
    Sep 4, 2018
    Published by Jay Ryan‘s Solace of Fortitude Publications, the books are done in conjunction with the Doc Cons. After skipping a year, this volume ties into the recent Doc Con XVII in 2014. Clocking in at 242 pages, this volume isn’t the biggest, but is among the bigger ones. We get a variety of articles in this issues. There is a nice article looking at Ham, Will Murray gives a retrospective on 50 years with Doc, Jay gives a overview of 60 years of Doc, and a few others. For the larger articles, we first get the second part of a deeper look into the first Doc novel. This part looking finding the real elements behind the story, such as figuring out where Hidalgo and the Valley of the Vanished really are. Sometimes as fans, we forget that many pulp writers like Lester Dent based their stories on real world places, events, and objects. The “heart” of this issue, taking up about half the volume, is an exhaustive look at the various Doc Savage pastiches, imitators, parodies, inspirers and... More > others by Daffyd Neal Dyar. (I have covered several of these characters in prior postings, and will be covering more of these in future postings.) In Dyar’s article, we learn of some of the forerunners of Doc, such as Nick Carter and Frank Merriwell. We get an overview of the various pulp characters inspired by or copied from Doc such as The Skipper, The Avenger, Secret Agent X, Captain Hazzard, and others. We also get the many post-pulp pastiches and inspired characters such as Doc Atlas, Doc Wilde, Prince Zarkon, Doc Caliban, and many more. Because The Avenger is inspired by Doc, we also get mentions of various Avenger-inspired characters as well. In addition to a good overview of these characters, we get good information on where we can read their stories. It’s a very exhaustive survey. I did note a few typos, and I didn’t agree with a few of the views expressed (such as about Doc Ardan), and I have never heard anyone put forth info that shows that Dent had a hand in creating Street & Smith’s The Skipper, much less writing the first three novels. There are probably a few obscure characters that are overlooked. The only one I felt should have been included is “The Old Man.” If you haven’t gotten these series of books, check them out. This is a great addition to this series.< Less
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Solace of Fortitude
September 4, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.89 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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