Doc Savage: The Lost Radio Scripts of Lester Dent
"For decades, it's been a dream of mine to see Lester Dent's 1934 Doc Savage radio scripts collected in a single volume. Moonstone Books has exceeded my wildest expectations with this gorgeously-designed and handsomely illustrated book. Until someone unearths the transcription disks to this gem of Old-Time Radio, "Doc Savage: The Lost Radio Scripts of Lester Dent" is the only game in town." - Will Murray, writer, pulp fiction historian, and editor of "Doc Savage: The Lost Radio Scripts of Lester Dent"
Doc Savage is a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and musician - truly a renaissance man. From birth, a team of scientists, assembled by his father, trained his mind and body to near-superhuman abilities, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. His creator, writer Lester Dent, described Doc as a mix of Sherlock Holmes' deductive abilities, Tarzan's outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy's scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln's goodness. A man of adventure himself, Dent brought Doc Savage to life in the 1930s in a series of popular pulp fiction novels for Street and Smith Publications - novels that, even today, continue to thrill and entertain an ever-increasing number of fans.
In the early 1930s, with the growing success of The Shadow on radio, it was only natural that Doc Savage would be considered a prime candidate for the broadcast medium. Lester Dent certainly thought so - and, in fact, when he signed his first long-term contract with Street and Smith to write Doc's pulp adventures, he made certain to assign himself the ancillary rights to alternate versions of the character, including both radio and motion pictures. In 1934, Dent contracted to write a weekly fifteen-minute Doc Savage radio series to be sponsored by Cystex, "that remarkable doctor's prescription for the relief of kidney disorders", or so the sponsor advertised on the broadcasts. Aired on a weekly basis between February and August of that year, the series proved somewhat popular - but, unfortunately, not popular enough to warrant producing more than the initial twenty-four episode run. Part of the problem, it was felt, was that Doc's pulp adventures were too detailed, too intense, and too heavily populated to be captured in a quarter-hour format - particularly one that wasn't a serial but, instead, featured a complete story each week. What's more, the limited budgets of early 1930s radio didn't allow many actors to appear in each script, reducing Doc's Fabulous Five down to one, Monk Mayfair, who became the Man of Bronze's burly sidekick on the air.
Twenty-four weeks after it began, the Doc Savage radio series ended and was soon forgotten, relegated to the annals of misbegotten opportunities. No recordings were known to survive and, until the early 1980s, it was assumed that the scripts, too - all new and original stories, written especially for radio - were lost to the ages. Then, by chance, writer Will Murray happened to be going through Lester Dent's files and discovered that Dent had indeed kept carbon copies of his scripts for the radio version of "Doc Savage" and, what's more, that he had also retained copies of scripts for a few shows that were never broadcast - a total of twenty-nine original Doc Savage adventures that no one had seen, heard, or read in over forty years! Now, Moonstone Books is proud to announce the first complete compilation of all of these exciting and largely unknown radio adventures, bringing together the long-lost tales of The Man of Bronze in one single volume! Written by Lester Dent and edited by and including a fascinating introduction by Will Murray, this 448 page hard cover edition, limited to just 300 numbered copies, also contains beautiful interior illustrations by artist Tom Roberts created especially for this release and a cover painting by artist Douglas Klauba. What's more, each copy has been personally signed by both Douglas Klauba and Tom Roberts, making this unique collector's item a "must have" for the personal library of any Doc Savage enthusiast - and what a great gift to give the pulp fiction lover in your family!
Supplies are extremely limited and, with a run of only 300 copies, this collectible hard cover edition is sure to grow in value in the years to come. Don't miss out - order your copy of "Doc Savage: The Lost Radio Scripts of Lester Dent" right away!
Episode 1: The Red Death: Man of Bronze, Part 1 - NEVER AIRED
Episode 2: The Golden Legacy: Man of Bronze, Part 2 - NEVER AIRED
Episode 3: The Red Lake Quest - 2/24/34
Episode 4: The Sniper in the Sky - 3/3/34
Episode 5: The Evil Extortionists - 3/10/34
Episode 6: Black-Light Magic - 3/17/34
Episode 7: Radium Scramble - 3/23/34
Episode 8: Death Had Blue Hands - 3/31/34
Episode 9: The Sinister Sleep - 4/7/34
Episode 10: The Southern Star Mystery - 4/14/34
Episode 11: The Impossible Bullet - 4/21/34
Episode 12: The Too-Talkative Parrot - 4/28/34
Episode 13: The Blue Angel - 5/6/34
Episode 14: The Green Ghost - 5/12/34
Episode 15; The Box of Fear - 5/19/34
Episode 16: The Phantom Terror - 5/26/34
Episode 17: Mantrap Mesa - 6/2/34
Episode 18: Fast Workers - 6/9/34
Episode 19: Needle in a Chinese Haystack - 6/16/34
Episode 20: Monk Called it Justice - 6/23/34
Episode 21: The White-Haired Devil - 6/30/34
Episode 22: The Oilfield Ogres - 7/7/34
Episode 23: The Fainting Lady - 7/14/34
Episode 24: Poison Cargo - 7/21/34
Episode 25: Find Curly Morgan - 7/28/34
Episode 26: The Growing Wizard - 8/4/34
Episode 27: The Valley of the Vanished - NEVER AIRED
Episode 28: The Gray Spider NEVER AIRED
Episode 29: Polar Treasure NEVER AIRED
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* Hardcover Edition - 448 pages
* Publisher: Moonstone
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 1933076437
* ISBN-13: 9781933076430