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First appearance of Doc Savage (in Marvel comics)
Clark Savage Jr., often referred to as the first superhero, had a long history before he ever made his way into the pages of Marvel Comics. He was in magazines, trade paperbacks and even had a radio show long before that ever happened.
Obviously, this issue of Doc Savage isn't the true first appearance of The Man of Bronze. His true first appearance in any medium was way back in March 1933, when he appeared in Doc Savage Magazine #1.
This isn't the first appearance of Doc Savage in comics either, even though it's implied on the cover. Gold Key released one issue in Nov. 1966, that retold the story of "The Thousand Headed Man". That comic was supposed to lead into a movie starring Chuck Connors, but because of legal issues, that movie never saw the light of day. Now, a new movie Doc Savage has recently been announced by Sony Pictures, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the latest actor has been confirmed to play the lead.
Doc Savage also has his "companions", who are known as The Fabulous Five. His five fellow adventurers comprise of Andrew Blodgett "Monk" Mayfair, Theodore Marley "Ham" Brooks, John "Renny" Renwick, Thomas J. "Long Tom" Roberts, and Willian Harper "Johnny" Littlejohn.
Theo "Ham" Brooks is a very well dressed attorney, who carries around a sword cane that has it's blade coated in an anesthetic. Monk framed Brooks for stealing hams from a commissary. That's how he got the nickname Ham.
Thomas "Long Tom" Roberts is a thin sickly looking man, but he is a master when it comes to electricity. It is said that, while serving in WWI, he used an ancient cannon known as a Long Tom to help defend a European city, hence the nickname.
And the final member of the Fabulous Five is William "Johnny" Littlejohn. He is the worlds greatest archaeologist. He would accompany Doc Savage when his knowledge of ancient countries and ruins was essential.
|The Fabulous Five
There are not a lot of copies of Doc Savage #1 that are already graded out there right now, but I'm sure that's going to change really soon. As I'm writing, there are only 47 copies in the CGC census. Of those, there are 4 that are graded 9.6 NM+. Most of the available copies fall between an 8.5 VF+ and 9.0 VF/NM. I don't know where the picture at the beginning of this post came from, but there aren't any 9.8 NM/M copies listed in the census.
|Values of Doc Savage #1 on GoCollect
Sales for Doc Savage #1 have seen really nice bump in value over the last two months since the announcement was made. Between May 2 to May 30 we've seen sales shoot up from $78 all the way up to $260. There were some sales previous to that, that were hovering around the $100 mark. Even the mid grade copies have seen a nice boost.
I have no idea whether Sony will decide to use stories from this series of from the many stories that came before it. Either way, in my opinion, this could be a good book to pick up now, while prices are still somewhat low. If you decide to buy a raw copy, you might want to have it slabbed, and try and flip it. But that is, like I said, just my opinion.
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