When I was a young teenager I happened across a Doc Savage book that featured a James Bama painted cover. Intrigued, I bought it, read it and really enjoyed it.
Not long after I searched out all the other Bama cover Doc Savage books and
purchased and read them. I was hooked.
Coincidentally not long that after Marvel Comics began publishing a Doc
Savage comic book and magazine and about that same time a Doc Savage movie came
out starring one-time TV Tarzan: Ron Ely.
I also discovered that Doc Savage had originally been published as a Pulp
Fiction series popular in the 1930s and 1940s.
Here's an interesting fact, Doc Savage in many respects is the predecessor to
and inspiration for Superman. Doc
Savage was known as 'The Man of Bronze', while Superman was 'The Man of Steel'
and both had Fortresses of Solitude.
Coincidence? I think not.
McFarland Publishing and author
Robert Michael 'Bobb' Cotter present A History Of The Doc Savage Adventures in pulps,
paperbacks, comics, fanzines, radio and film.
It makes for a fascinating read chronicling one of the most important
fictional characters ever created and who was responsible, no small part, for
the superhero comic book genre.
America's Main Street, Route 66, was for decades the road, or route, that
American's used to see this great country of ours.
Much of the infrastructure and travel businesses we take for granted today was
created during the heyday of Route 66 including motels, drive-ins, etc.
It was a route resplendent with wacky off-road attractions, quirky buildings
and down-home folk trying to make a living in their mom and pop establishments.
Author William Kaszynski does an outstanding job of delineating the history
of Route 66 complemented with art and photos from the past and present in 'Route
66 Images Of America's Main Street'.
Thankfully Route 66 is experiencing a resurgence in interest
as Americans from all walks of life are rediscovering America's Main Street.