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The Doc Savage Stories: 1933 – 1949

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1.   Doc Savage, Jaguar Prince — An argument in favor of a Mayan ethnic background for Doc Savage

2.   Jules Verne, The First Kenneth Robeson?  — A look at The Mysterious Island and parallels between it and the Doc Savage Series

3.   The Works of H. Rider Haggard  —  An examination of some of the Alan Quatermain stories on possible influences on the development of character traits in the Doc Savage series

4.   Jim Thorpe, Man of Bronze — The worlds greatest athlete.

5.   Shangri-La of the Andes —  The background between James HIlton’s story of a lost paradise in the Himalayas and the Doc Savage story, The Speaking Stone

6. John Pendlebury —  The literary ancestor of William Harper Littlejohn

7.   The Polar Treasure Island — How did Robert Louis Steven’s pirate story, Treasure Island, influence the Doc Savage story, The Polar Treasure? 

8.   The Ten Commandments — A look at religious examples in the Doc Savage series

9.   Nikola Tesla, The Man of Peace –The inventor who was the inspiration for the Man of Peace.

10.   The Wealth of Midas —  Just how much gold did the Mayans send? 

11.  A Wink and a Nod —  A look at some inside jokes between Lester Dent and Walter Gibson. 

12.  Building a Literary Character: Ham Brooks — Historical figures who contributed to the Ham Brooks character.

13.  Those Pesky Pets —  Some remarks on the pets.

14.  Conan Doyle and The Other Lost World — A. Conan Doyle’s contribution to the Doc Savage stories

15.  Russian Aviation — The inspiration for Decimo Tercio in “The Other World.”

16.  The Explorers Club — A look at Lester Dent’s application form.

17.  The Savage School — Dr. Watson Savage’s School for Physical Education

18. The Lake George Monster — A look at the origin of the Sea Angel

19.  The Isle of Lost Ships — How an early novel by Crittenden Marriott became the foundation for The Sargasso Ogre.

20.  Lester Dent, Master Mason — Lester Dents travels in the Masonic Blue Lodge and its influences on the Doc Savage stories.

21.  The Telepathic Connection — Popular ideas about telepathy that appeared in the Doc Savage stories

22.  Nietzsche, Doc, and the Crime College — Doc Savage and the superman concept

23.  H. G. Wells and The Spook Legion — Lester Dent takes some hints from H. G. Wells

24.  The DC-Doc Savage Connection — The influence of the Doc Savage stories on the Superman and Batman comics.

25.  Finding The Jolly Roger — Where in the world would an author get an idea about a real-life pirate ship replica?  From the newspapers of course!

26.  The Real Squeaking Goblin — The story of a grim man who moved silently through the Kentucky wilderness with a special long barreled rifle during the Civil War

27.  Danielson & Haas — A look at a Louisiana timber baron, his aviator son, and movie-star daughter-in-law. 

28.  Headquarters — Where exactly was Doc Savage’s headquarters located? The location is right there in the books.  You just have to put all the pieces together to find it.

29.  The Orsini Bomb — The long history of a grenade that appeared in The Golden Peril

30.  Prince Albert and Raider Island — The inside joke on Prince Albert’s name and the location of Raider Island

31.  The Secret of the Lost Giant — A real-life plan by the German Luftwaffe to shot down Winston Churchill 

32. Dent’s Travels on RMS Maurentania — A quick look at the Dent’s 1933 vacation cruise to the Caribbean.

33. The Literary Origins of John Sunlight — A look at the literary heritage of John Sunlight.

34. Secret Contributors to the Doc Savage Series — A look at some unexpected contributors to the Doc Savage stories.

35. Young Mrs. Savage by D. E. Stevenson  –  Some interesting characters are found in Mrs. Stevenson’s book.

36. A Brief History of Doc Savage, Incorporated —  An abbreviated look at the legal ownership of the Doc Savage properties.

37. Statistics and Counts — a look at the story word count and its impact on stories.

38. The Mad Fakir, The Mad Mullah, and The Mystic Mullah — Some items that influenced the story plot.

39. The Perils of Addictive Collecting — It won’t ever be enough!

40. The Doc Savage Timeline – a look at the Doc Savage series by date.

41. The Green Theater in La Plata –  The La Plata Historical Society has a very nice collection of Lester Dent memorabilia on display.  It is well worth the trip to see.

42. Cannibals, Ghosts, and Continuity – A look at series continuity and plot recycling.

43. Son of Doc – A look at some clever tricks used in the Doc Savage series that appear in other stories.

44. Making a Pulp Facsimile – It’s not hard but it does tend to be a tedious process.

45. Fantasy Covers and Story Props – Create your own coves and story items.

46. The Dent-Marquiss Connection – Lester Dent’s childhood friend from Wyoming.

47. The 4J Ranch – Where was the 4J Ranch located?

48. The Travels of Bernard Dent – A look at the places young Lester Dent lived.

49. Conan Doyle, Professor Challenger, and The Vanisher – Lester Dent’s tip of the hat to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

50. The Doc Savage Supply Company Mystery – How a business got the Doc Savage name and a look at a fan from the golden age of pulps.

51. The Unknown Seven by Harry Coverdale – A look at a 1927 story that contains some items that later appear in the Doc Savage series.

52. The 1943 Doc Savage Annual – The paper shortage of World War II catches up with Doc Savage Magazine.

53. The Doc Savage Trill – Lester Dent provides a written clew on the sound of the trilling.

54. Lester Dent and The Black Gang – A look at how a Bulldog Drummond plot showed up in a Doc Savage story.

55. Atlantis Revisited – The Arthur Conan Doyle story that made its way to Doc Savage.

56. Origins of Thunder Island – Where did the idea for all those dinosaurs come from?

57. Ripped from Today’s Headlines – Straight from the newspapers to Doc Savage Magazine.

58. Rubber Plants and Death Devices – A look a some repeated plot devices.

59. The Frozen Lost Oasis – Reworking an old story for republication in 1936

60. Monsters and Midgets – The big and little of plot recycling.

61. Savage Industries – An interesting item from THE EXPANSE series.

62. Harry Felsenstein – The most important Doc Savage fan you never heard about.

63. The Man Who Inspired Lester Dent – A look at Lester Dent’s story-writing fellow telegrapher.

64. Paul H. Bonner – The Doc Savage connection at Conde Nast.

65. J. Allan Dunn – An acquaintance of Lester Dent and a man with many secrets.

66. The Voice From Hell – Judgement Day in “The Lost Oasis.”

67. Codes and Cyphers – John Nanovic, Cryptographer.

68. The Dain Curse – Dashiell Hammett’s contribution to Doc Savage.

69. Doc Savage, Supreme Adventurer – A look at the prototype story.

70. Yet Another Lost World – A look at the pedigree of “The Time Terror.”

71. The Doc Savage Super-Fan – A young Doc Savage fan meets Lester Dent in 1939.

72. Lester Dent and Pete Coughlin – A former La Plata native gives the Axis hell.

73. Street & Smith Detective Monthly – British reprint series 1954-1958.

74. The Mullah and the Majii – An old story reappears anew.

75. Where was Tanan? – Finding the Mystic Mullah’s home territory.

76. Secrets of The Devil’s Black Rock – The Red Skull gets drafted back into service, but the real secret is atomic power.

77. Steve Holland Early Background – A look some genealogical records for the Holland family.

78. Series I vs Series II – How changes in story continuity broke the stories into two distinct series.

79. Lester Dent – La Plata High School – A look at Lester Dent’s high school years 1921-1924

80. Lester Dent at Chillicothe Business College – The Telegraph School – 1924

81. Lester Dent – Telegrapher – A look at Dent’s career as a telegraph operator 1924-1930

82. Lester Dent – Correspondence 1929 – 1932 – A synopsis of correspondence and newspaper articles relating to Dent writing career.

83. The Machine that Reads Minds – a comparison of two stories that share the same plot.

84. The Origin of the Ghost Zeppelin – The story of the Dixmude fatal last cruise.

85. The Inspiration for Lady Nelia – Three famous female aviators who formed the prototype for Lady Nelia.

86. Chuck Connors and Doc Savage – Did “Ride Beyond Vengeance” start out as a Doc Savage movie?

87. The Devil on the Moon Cover Mystery – How did Lo Lar end up on the cover on this issue?

88. Rex Morgan, MD – Fan of Bronze – Doc Savage gets a special mention in the comic strip.

89. Pits, Prisoners, Ships, and Buried Treasure – A new spin on The Fantastic Island.

90. The Need for Nickel – The importance of a World War II strategic metal is emphasize in The Devil’s Playground.

91. Superman and Murder Mirage – A close look at the adaptation of a Doc Savage story in Action Comics #30.