Dynamite Entertainment has signed a new agreement with Condé Nast to bring back the legendary man of action Clark Savage Jr. in an all-new Doc Savage comic book series scheduled to debut in December 2013. Writer Chris Roberson is teamed up with artist Bilquis Evely as the contributing creators.
“In the course of my comics career, I’ve been lucky enough to work on nearly every character and series that mattered the most to me growing up,” says the New York Times bestselling author, Chris Roberson. “Doc Savage is one of the final characters left on my bucket list. Growing up in the 70s, it was impossible to miss the Doc Savage reprints in every bookstore and on every newsstand, with those striking covers. Doc quickly became and remained my absolute favorite of all of the pulp heroes, and the stories of Lester Dent were a huge influence on my own writings.”
Raised from the cradle to be the pinnacle of mental and physical perfection, Clark Savage Jr. travels the world using science and sinews to right wrongs, aid the oppressed, and liberate the innocent. With his team of able associates at their headquarters high atop the tallest building in the world, he is tireless in his pursuit of knowledge and justice. “In many ways, Doc Savage was one of the most significant precursors of comic book superheroes, and action heroes of the 20th century in general,” says Roberson. “You can see elements of the character in everything from Superman to Batman, the Fantastic Four to James Bond.”
Doc Savage #1 will be solicited for retailer order through Diamond Comic Distributors’ October Previews catalog, corresponding to items shipping in December 2013. Three accomplished industry artists provide cover variants:
- Alex Ross, bestselling and multiple award-winning artist of Kingdom Come, Justice, and Marvels, will provide an iconic cover for Doc Savage #1 and future issues, as well. Dynamite is proud to share the Alex Ross Doc Savage #1 and #2 covers at press time for this announcement.
- John Cassaday of Astonishing X-Men and Planetary fame provides a “VIP Edition” variant comic book offered to qualifying comic shop retailers that support the launch with strong orders.
- Stephen Segovia (X-Treme X-Men, Adventures of Superman) will provide a variant cover that select stores in the USA, Canada, and the UK may share as a retailer exclusive.
Doc Savage #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Iverse, and Dark Horse Digital.