Variety is reporting that Columbia Pictures is bringing Doc Savage -- explorer, scientist, physician, inventor, and, oh yes, crime fighter -- back to the big screen. Shane Black (The Long Kiss Goodbye, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon) is to direct an original screenplay he is writing with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry.
Doc Savage was one of the most popular pulp fiction characters from the 1930s and 1940s, heard on radio and seen in film and on early television. A History of the Doc Savage Adventures provides a good retrospective of the character. DC Comics has also recently begun reissuing many of the early adventures in new collected editions.
About A History of the Doc Savage Adventures (from the publisher): Doc Savage is not only the prototype of the modern fictional superhero; he was also a seminal force in creating multimedia crossovers. The character exploded onto the scene in 1933, with the Great Depression and the gathering clouds of war as a cultural backdrop. The series is examined in relation to historic events and changing audience tastes, with special attention on the horror and science-fiction elements. The artwork features illustrations, covers, and original art. Appendices cover Doc Savage paperbacks, pulp magazines, comic books, and fanzines, and a biographical appendix covers all major contributors to the series.
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