I liked reading Doc Savage as a teenager.He wasn't handed superpowers by being from another planet or being exposed to radiation(which in the real world would just make you sick and die)He was just a self made man and represented human potential,which is what made him interesting.
We've got a chain of used bookstores here in Phoenix and sometimes I'm fortunate to find some really cool stuff. A couple of years ago I found an original animation cell from the first TMNT cartoon for $10! A friend of mine found Man of Bronze, The Living Shadow, and Justice, Inc. - the first Doc Savage, The Shadow, and The Avenger novels, respectively - that he ended up giving to me. I also have 3 Doc Savage ebooks which I can email to you if you want. I also have some Avenger, The Shadow, and The Spider ebooks. If anyone wants the PDF's, just let me know. ebooks can be a bummer to read, but they're just text so they look fine when printed out.
I have to print them out to read them. But even that's not the same. You can find them on eBay, usually in lots of 6+ books.
I liked it. It's certainly a style of storytelling that you just don't see anymore. In some places it's apparent that Dent had a word count quota to meet. And there's a cliffhanger about every 10 pages. It's super compressed storytelling - the plot moves 100 mph. Dent doesn't give a lot of back story or dwell on character moments. It's good guys beating up bad guys with a heaping dose of deus ex machina, courtesy of Doc's vast knowledge and physical training. If you're a big fan of Brian Bendis' talking heads and snail pacing, this surely isn't your scene.
Thanks, Dave! Dent didn't give a specific physcial description for anyone other than Ham being "waspy", Monk being "simian" and covered in "red fur", Renny being "giant", Long Tom being "sickly", and I don't remember Johnny's appearance being mentioned at all.