Volume 14, James Bama cover
The Man of Bronze's origin story is revealed in the classic Lester Dent novels that launched the superhero genre, in an extra-length volume commemorating the 75th anniversary of Doc Savage's pulp debut. First, in "The Man of Bronze", the mysterious death of his father leads Doc to the Central American republic of Hidalgo where they discover a lost Mayan empire in the mythical Valley of the Vanished. Can Doc defeat the Feathered Serpent and the Red Death and free King Chaac and the beautiful Princess Monja? Then, in "The Land of Terror", Doc Savage trails the murderous master villain Kar, who controls the deadly Smoke of Eternity, to prehistoric Thunder Island where Doc and his men fight for their very survival against terrifying dinosaurs. In honor of the Man of Bronze's 75th anniversary, this special commemorative edition features the classic color pulp covers by Walter Baumhofer, interior illustrations by Paul Orban, a never-before-published foreword and autobiographical essay by Lester Dent, and commentary by popular culture historian Will Murray.
Art Sippo discovered Doc Savage in 1965 from the Bantam reprint of "The Land of Terror" given to him by his Aunt Helen who read them as a nurse during World War II. He was hooked and continued to collect the reprints until Bantam completed the series in 1990. Doc Savage became the inspiration for Art's career in medicine and he earned his Masters In Public Health from Johns Hopkins specifically because that was Doc's alma mater. Art is board certified in Aerospace medicine and Occupational Medicine. He served for 36 years in uniform including 14 years in the reserves, 12 years as a flight surgeon and medical researcher on active duty in the US Army, and 10 years in the Ohio Army National Guard as a hospital commander and assistant state surgeon. He currently works as a Emergency Room Physician and Medical Consultant in southern Illinois. Art has written several short stories and articles on Doc Savage that have been published in magazines and books. His lovely wife Kathy is his muse and his editor.