The Red Skull (Doc Savage, #17)
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The Red Skull (Doc Savage (Original) #6)

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To the world at large, Doc Savage is a strange, mysterious figure of glistening bronze skin and golden eyes. To his amazing co-adventurers - the five greatest brains ever assembled in one group - he is a man of superhuman strength and protean genius, whose life is dedicated to the destruction of evil-doers. To his fans he is one of the greatest adventure...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published May 1967 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 1967)

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Kara Jorges
A man falls dead on Doc’s doorstep after surviving several attempts on his life. Then the killers go after Monk in his laboratory, kidnapping his pretty blonde secretary, Lea Aster. Doc and the boys follow the kidnappers to a doomed dam-building project in the desert wilds of Arizona, where sabotage has bedeviled the project at every turn. Someone is trying to bankrupt the Mountain Desert Construction Company, and it’s up to Doc to find out why—and save pretty blonde Lea from her captors!

Even t...more
In August, 1933 Street & Smith released The Red Skull and it was a doozy! One of the best Doc Savage novels to date, Doc and the Fabulous Five face off against a Western villain in Arizona whose identity is revealed only at the very end. His chief henchman, the evil Buttons Zortell, is one of Dent's best characters to date. It was also nice to see Renny actually do some engineering, ably assisted by Monk, Johnny and Long Tom. Doc's escapes, while hair-raising, at least make sense and don't l...more
Doc and his pals accept a mission to foil a plan to undermine a dam construction in Arizona. And that is pretty much it. Nothing special about this tale, that is unusually mundane in comparision with other Doc exploits.

The aforementioned "Red Skull" is just a rocky formation, not a villain. Perhaps naming the story "Nick Clipton" would not be so spetacular and ominous.
A straightforward but entertaining Doc story, sixth in the original series (August 1933). Less fantastical than many, it's more of a mystery with only a few speculative-fiction elements. There are several good characters here, especially Monk's secretary, Lea Aster—a fun, feisty female who I wish had become a regular in the series.
The writing is not the best in the world (it was only written for the old pulp magazines in the 1930's)but a lot of fun. really entertaining... similar to Indiana Jones except that Doc Savage is a genius....
Russell Grant
I liked this one. It's not as fantastic as some of the other Doc novels, but the plot moves quick and the mystery mostly works. Good enough for me!
Steve Smoot
pulpy pulp pulp. Not as well held together as some other DS.
Mark Palmer
Not as good as some of the other stories, but still classic Doc.
Dale Rosso
liked the book.
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Kenneth Robeson was the house name used by Street and Smith Publications as the author of their popular character Doc Savage and later The Avenger. Many authors wrote under this name, though most Doc Savage stories were written by the author Lester Dent:

William G. Bogart
Evelyn Coulson
Harold A. Davis
Lawrence Donovan
Philip José Farmer
Alan Hathway
W. Ryerson Johnson
Will Murray
Ron Goulart

All 2...more
More about Kenneth Robeson...
Man of Bronze (Doc Savage, #1) The Land of Terror (Doc Savage, #8) Meteor Menace (Doc Savage, #3) The Sargasso Ogre (Doc Savage, #18) Polar Treasure (Doc Savage, #4)

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