Sunday, February 8, 2009
These are covers from the first two or three years of the popular DOC SAVAGE pulp magazine of the 1930s, taken from Heritage Auctions. The original Doc Savage novels were revived in the 1960s, and the paperback image was embodied by artist James Bama, using model-actor Steve Holland.
But the original Doc of the pulps was a more lithe visualization, not quite in line with author Lester Dent's descriptions of Doc, which more closely matched those of Bama's illustrations. Still, these Baumhofer illustrations make some great covers, and probably helped sell a lot of magazines in the depths of the Great Depression.