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Fortress of Solitude / The Devil Genghis (Doc Savage (Bantam) #23, 79)

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Pulp fiction's legendary Man of Bronze returns in two of his most engrossing adventures. In this issue, he confronts "The Devil Genghis", a mad genius armed with incredible scientific inventions stolen from Doc Savage's "Fortress of Solitude". This volume reprints both appearances of Doc Savage's greatest enemy, the diabolical John Sunlight, and features the classic pulp c ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Nostalgia Ventures (first published 1938)
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Richard Derus
Jul 06, 2014 Richard Derus rated it liked it
Rating: 3* of five

The Publisher Says: Pulp fiction's legendary Man of Bronze returns in two of his most engrossing adventures. In this debut issue, he pulps' greatest superman confronts "The Devil Genghis", a mad genius armed with incredible scientific inventions stolen from Doc Savage's "Fortress of Solitude". This volume reprints both appearances of Doc Savage's greatest enemy, the diabolical John Sunlight, and features the original paperback cover art by James Bama, along with the original in
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Tom Barnett
Jul 21, 2008 Tom Barnett rated it it was amazing
This is a great reprint of the original 1938 stories. There are a couple of things you can count on these type stories -- people will be killed callously and horribly, the good guys will win, the bad guys will loose, and usually die while doing so. The stories are formulaic but I find them to be a great way to relax my mind after a busy day dealing with technical issues.
Bill Bleuel
Aug 09, 2011 Bill Bleuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now THIS is what pulp is all about: compelling tales and go-go-go nonstop action.
Williwaw
Apr 09, 2012 Williwaw rated it liked it
Recommended to Williwaw by: My Mom, who read piles of Doc
This was fun! I'll confess immediately that I did not read "The Devil Genghis." My goal was to read at least one Doc Savage story. One short Doc Savage novel is probably enough for this short life of mine.

Apparently, Doc Savage was originally a pulp magazine, and each issue contained a complete, short novel by Lester Dent, who wrote under the pseudonym "Kenneth Robeson." The magazine began publication in 1933 and ended in 1949. Dent cranked out one short novel a month about the eponymous hero,
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Alan
Jan 07, 2016 Alan rated it liked it
Shelves: pulp-adventure
The good and bad of these two in one Doc Savage reading:

The Good:

Attempt at creating an arch villain for Doc (John Sunlight)
The Fortress of Solitude revealed
The first half (Fortress) gives Long Tom a chance to come to the fore
The second half (The Devil Genghis) gives Johnny some good "screen time"
A decent female character in The Devil Genghis (Toni Lash-much better than 99.9% of the women in a Doc Savage pulp era tale)

The Bad:
Just about a complete failure at creating the arch villain by the end
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Travis
Aug 20, 2009 Travis rated it really liked it
The two stories featuring John Sunlight, the only man to fight Doc Savage twice!
Fortress of Solitude is the better of the two stories, as it showcases Doc's secret lab in the artic and Sunlight really gets to cut loose and made to feel like a villain that could actually challenge Doc. He had the potential to become Doc's Lex Luthor.

'Devil Genghis' feels more like at the last minute they decided to jam Sunlight into the story. He comes across as pretty weak and uninteresting and while the story i
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Michael
Aug 29, 2009 Michael rated it liked it
Decently written adventure stories, but Doc Savage is a bit too much of a Mary Sue that he is really more of a plot device then he is a bona fide character. The stories are fun, but the stories haven't grabbed me enough so that I want to read his 180 or so other adventures.
Chris
Sep 04, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
Fun pulp stories of an american superman. Nice format with enjoyable illustrations throughout. Wonderful train reading.
Paul
Oct 10, 2014 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable compilation of Doc Savage adventures battling against the villain, John Sunlight.
Karl Kindt
Oct 25, 2008 Karl Kindt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008
Superb fun, true pulp poetry, and rocking adventure!
Dan Foster
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True pulp, much fun, nicely collected!
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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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