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Doc Savage Magazine #6: Review

Oct 1976
Doug Moench, Tony De Zuniga

Story Name:

The Sky Stealers!

Review & Comments

3 stars

Doc Savage Magazine #6 Review by (February 15, 2010)
a) Doc’s exact weight is given: 270 pounds; b) Doc again is seen packing a gun; c) this story suggests that the aides have their own private quarters in Doc’s HQ, a detail not mentioned anywhere else so far as I know (and not allowed for by most floorplans of Doc’s office complex); d) Johnny’s idol, Sir William M. Petrie, is better known as Sir Flinders Petrie (1853-1942), the renowned archaeologist; e) the story is marred by a large number of typographical errors—“Egyption,” “jeopordy, “disastaer,” etc.; f) possible anachronism: Ham says to Monica, “Come with me to the Casbah.” If he’s quoting—and he doesn’t seem to be—the famous line from (the trailer to) the film Algiers, he’s two years early; on the other hand, who knows, Hollywood could have gotten the line from Ham and put it in the movie. Additional comments: a) Issue also includes “Mail of Bronze” a letters column; b) the cover by Ken Barr is another Bama-influenced action scene, with a blond sneering Doc (as on issue #3); at least Doc has shaved recently; c) the inside front cover has an intense portrait of Doc Savage and the Amazing Five by an uncredited artist; d) the Renny article is followed by another uncredited portrait of Doc Savage; e) a brief editorial by John Warner, “Onward the Man of Bronze!” denies rumors that the magazine has been cancelled, and talks about plans for upcoming issues; a drawing of Doc in melee by Keith Pollard accompanies it.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Doc Savage Magazine #6 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Mystery in the desert: the sky has been stolen over Plainville, Utah, leaving the town’s population dead by suffocation. Doc Savage and Renny race to the scene to investigate and find, along with the authorities that the town’s banks were looted—by crooks with enough strength to tear the doors off the vaults. The only clue is an Egyptian ankh, ironically a symbol of life, recently stolen from New York’s Museum of Natural History. Later, the same fate befalls another Utah town, looted by demi-gods in the guise of the Egyptian pantheon. In New York, the aides discover a link: Professor Jonathan Wilde was dismissed from the Museum for his fanatical espousal of controversial theories on pyramid power. Doc tries to contact Renny, who has been investigating at the Museum but receives no answer. Doc and Monk, with Monk’s secretary Monica, head to the Museum, where they battle a superstrong mummy who turns out to be a hypnotized Renny in disguise. Meanwhile Monica is captured by the Egyptian gods to be the Bride of Horus. Ham witnesses the abduction from the Autogyro and alerts Doc. After a violent battle, Doc manages to subdue one of the gods, Sebek, and stop their use of a dark beam to steal the air from New York by blowing up one of their dirigibles. The “god” turns out to be an ordinary crook, his strength enhanced by technology and other artificial means. Doc and the Amazing Five head for the pyramids in Egypt, which the “gods” have converted into a device to focus and increase the strength of anyone subjected to it, in this case, Monica, drugged into becoming Hathor, Wife of Horus in the Egyptian pantheon. Doc and company do battle with their powerful foes, Doc taking on the leader Horus—actually the mad Professor Wilde—and an overload in the power chamber creates a massive explosion. Doc and the aides manage to escape, along with Monica, subdued by several rounds of mercy bullets. Back in New York, Doc is experimenting with pyramid power and Monica settles Monk’s and Ham’s feud over her—by picking up one in each hand.

Issue also includes a text article:
Writer: Bob Sampson; artist: Frank Cirocco.
A profile of Col. John “Renny” Renwick, of Doc’s aides. 

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Tony De Zuniga
Tony De Zuniga
Ken Barr (Cover Penciler)

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