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

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WHO IS DOC SAVAGE?

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
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Paperback, 124 pages
Published May 1967 by Bantam Books (first published 1933)
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Ronald
possibly read in may 1967
Craig
Sep 25, 2016 Craig rated it really liked it
The first Doc Savage story appeared in 1933 and the series ran in pulp and later digest format into 1949. Bantam reprinted the entire series in paperback with wonderful, iconic covers starting in the 1960's. Doc was arguably the first great modern superhero with a rich background, continuity, and mythos. The characterizations were far richer than was common for the pulps; his five associates and their sometimes-auxiliary, Doc's cousin Pat, and the pets Chemistry and Habeas Corpus, all had very d ...more
Kara Jorges
Dec 18, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it
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!

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David
Oct 09, 2013 David rated it really liked it
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
Timothy Boyd
Feb 09, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing
Of all the pulp era heroes few stand out above the crowd, Doc Savage is one of these. With his 5 aides and cousin he adventures across the world. Fighting weird menaces, master criminals and evil scientists Doc and the Fab 5 never let you down for a great read. These stories have all you need; fast paced action, weird mystery, and some humor as the aides spat with each other. My highest recommendation.
Tim
Mar 26, 2016 Tim rated it it was ok
Most of the early Doc Savages are great, but occasionally Lester Dent produced a decent but rather uninspired one, understandable considering the rigors of monthly releases. "The Red Skull" pales mostly in comparison to the gold that surrounds it. But it was early enough (1933) that the extreme pulpiness of the first few Docs isn't in this case offset by a great and colorful story. Not bad, though.
Forrest
Jun 10, 2013 Forrest rated it liked it
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.
Douglas
Nov 11, 2013 Douglas rated it liked it
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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.
Arlomisty
Dec 01, 2013 Arlomisty rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
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
Jul 29, 2011 Russell Grant rated it liked it
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!
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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. Though most Doc Savage stories were written by the author Lester Dent, there were many others who contributed to the series, including:

William G. Bogart
Evelyn Coulson
Harold A. Davis
Lawrence Donovan
Alan Hathway
W. Ryerson Johnson

Lester Dent is usua
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