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Doc Savage The Man of Bronze #2: Review

Dec 1972
Steve Englehart, Ross Andru

Story Name:

Master of the Red Death!

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Doc Savage The Man of Bronze #2 Review by (February 15, 2010)
a) Part two of an adaptation of the novel “The Man of Bronze” by “Kenneth Robeson” (Lester Dent); b) though the editor claims that as of this issue the series is now set in the 1930s, the appearance of Doc’s jet and the villain’s laser rifle would seem to contradict that assertion; c) Doc Factor: Doc’s first visit to Hidalgo, first meeting with Princess Monja, the origin of Doc’s fabulous wealth, Doc’s first use of his medical expertise, his first use of martial arts skills, Monk’s first use of his knowledge of chemistry; d) issue also includes a one-page summary of Doc Savage’s print history.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Doc Savage The Man of Bronze #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Doc Savage and his aides fly into the Central American republic of Hidalgo to a warm reception: anti-aircraft fire from rebel forces. Their lives are saved by the air bags Doc had installed in the plane. They are greeted by Hidalgo’s President Carlos Avispa and Secretary of State Don Rubio Gorro who see them off on the next leg of their journey: flying into the hidden Valley of the Vanished.  On landing they are attacked by a group of Mayan warriors dressed like the New York assassin. A brief fight is halted by the appearance of King Chaac and Princess Monja. Despite the dire warnings of Morning Breeze, chief warrior, King Chaac explains to Doc his father’s legacy: an unlimited supply of gold, should Doc prove himself worthy. That night Morning Breeze’s warriors kidnap Ham, Johnny, and Long Tom and hurl them to their apparent deaths in a sacrificial pit. Doc, however, had overheard their scheme and he and Renny were poised below the edge of the pit to save the victims from a grim death. The next day, Doc effects a miraculous “resurrection” and is acclaimed a wonder-working hero by the natives. Morning Breeze’s secret leader, the Son of the Feathered Serpent, orders the warrior to release the Red Death, which killed Doc’s father, into the valley’s water supply. The people blame the newcomers for their misfortune, and only Doc’s quick diagnosis and creation of an antidote changes their minds. Doc battles the Son of the Feathered Serpent atop a high temple, and it ends with the villain plunging to his death. He is unmasked as Don Rubio Gorro, Hidalgo’s Secretary of State, who coveted the natives’ gold for himself. King Chaac declares that Doc has proved himself worthy of their gold, and Doc heads back to civilization to pursue his crusade against evil, to the dismay of Princess Monja.

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Ross Andru
Ernie Chan
Jim Steranko (Cover Penciler)