[Reading] ➿ The Man of Bronze By Kenneth Robeson – Saudionline.co.uk

The Man of Bronze chapter 1 The Man of Bronze, meaning The Man of Bronze, genre The Man of Bronze, book cover The Man of Bronze, flies The Man of Bronze, The Man of Bronze dd5bad3adce1a Back Cover Notes High Above The Skyscrapers Of New York, Doc Savage Engages In Deadly Combat With The Red Fingered Survivors Of An Ancient, Lost Civilization Then, With His Amazing Crew, He Journeys To The Mysterious Lost Valley To Search For A Fabulous Treasure And To Destroy The Mysterious Red Death


10 thoughts on “The Man of Bronze

  1. says:

    Five nostalgic stars My brother bequeathed 12 of the paperbacks to me when he left home for college I was 9 or 10 I read them all and started collecting, in part because Doc was cooler than cool, and in part because I could score them for 50 cents a piece at Bonanza Books and Comics in my hometown I have over a hundred on the book case now, and have probably read 40 of them they are formulaic, so if you read too many in a row, they start running together I still take down one each year and forget that I m 40 and thick Great sampling of true pulp fiction I ve read other stuff from the period, and Doc towers over all of them Also a neat glimpse of what a high tech hero looked like 75 years ago The language, cadence and plot development are very different Lester Dent and the handful of other people that wrote under the Robeson name had to get their stories out in a short number of pages, so the writing tends to be much tighter than what we often suffer through today with our novels that can stop a bullet.The series has been re released in a magazine type format that gives you of a feel for the originals Not sure that kids will get these any , but the Harry Potter generation could do worse than making friends with Doc, Renny, Monk my favorite, nuff said , Ham, Long Tom and Johnny To borrow one of Dent s favorite words, they ll be superamalgamated.


  2. says:

    3.5 to 4 starsSort of vacillating here between 3.5 and 4 because there were many parts that were really fun and cool in a I feel like a 10 year old boy in 1933 way, but there were other parts that made me roll my eyes at the bad, slapdash writing Then I had to bitch slap my brain and remind myself that literary perfection was not the goal of the pulps Still, that stylistic nitpick within couldn t be permanently smothered by Doc s brawny, bronzy, ripply muscles.I d only ever seen the Ron Ely movie way back when on VHS and had a vague notion that it was based on comic books or something I m glad that these are straight up stories instead of comics because me and comics No, justno.Anyway, some stuff that stood out besides the steely cordons of Doc s peerless physique Doc had an arctic retreat called The Fortress of Solitude a couple decades before Superman COOL D You know something dates before The Glorification of Stupid when Doc and his band of associates are brainiacs and one of the guys Harvard credentials are touted often Doc does 2 hours of mental exercises solving equations, etc every day to keep his mind keen He and his homies have got degrees up the wazoo from universities all over Somehow I think that today we d be hearing about the ebil liberal agenda from certain quarters The sheer Marty Stuishness of Doc Holy crap, is this guy awesome and perfect and knows everything and can do anything and is modest as a maiden about it He can even exert his muscles to work against each other without equipment, just by sheer concentration He can snap thick ropes with his fingers, see tiny things across a room in the dark, cause enemies to leap to their death out of sheer fear of him, and all kinds of other stuff The location of the majority of the plot in some Central American country called Hidalgo with a bald confession about the United States propping up banana republics and dealing in arms to one faction against another That ebil liberal agenda again Slang I m going to start calling my hands lunch shovels from now on Doc s muscles Seriously, they bulge so much they nearly put my eye out.I m not sure I d want to read these in close succession Definitely need a breather between them, but when I m in the mood for a palate cleanser or need a short, cheesy read, I ll definitely be going back to these D


  3. says:

    While not quite a superhero, Doc Savage is as heroic and capable as a man could be Savage was meant to combine the physical prowess of an athlete with the mind of Holmes and the conscience of Lincoln He was the antithesis of The Shadow, bright instead of dark, merciful instead of brutal, and world famous instead of mythical.If The Shadow s masked alleyway justice was the prototype for Batman, then Savage is the righteous boy scout is the inspiration for Superman Savage even has an antarctic island retreat called The Fortress of Solitude.The Pulps have made a recent resurgence, and Doc s influence is being felt yet again Though many fans might not realize it, many movies, films, and comics hearken back to him Johnny Quest, Indiana Jones, Duck Tales, Alan Moore s Tom Strong and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen , Warren Ellis Planetary , and The Venture Bros all take cues from the brilliant adventurer and his band of loyal friends.This book is a bit of a mess, as the earliest example of the hero, but pulp makes no apologies for its weaknesses, and claims to be nothing than rip snorting fun With so many stories coming out every week Upton Sinclar was known to write 8,000 words a day, seven days a week for the pulps , authors had to attract and keep readers.The Doc Savage books are renowned for their wide ranging creativity, where no idea was unwelcome The author was told to write what was most exciting, most unexpected, and inspiring Savage shows this tendency in droves of far flung ideas, though a reader might not realize just how revolutionary they were, since every single one has since been cannibalized and adopted authors of adventures and comic books.Beyond the remarkable creativity, the books are crammed with description, metaphor, and detail Though often laughably ridiculous, this thick literary gumbo is certainly filling There is an invigorating freedom in these books that one misses entirely even in many modern adventures.The authors took themselves very lightly, they were making a product and making a living, and they would never have rights or fame from pulps The stories, even Doc Savage, were written under pseudonyms shared by many different authors in the same publishing house Though your boss might know who was the most capable writer, the fans couldn t know you if they wanted to.However, fans did come to recognize and empathize with their favorites, like Good Duck Artist Carl Barks, the fans could pick them out by style, if not by name Though we now know the men behind the pens, there was no guarantee when they wrote their enduring stories that they would receive any recognition beyond a simple paycheck.Eventually, adventure serials like this one would go out of favor, replaced by superheroes, science fiction, and cartoons However, the tropes, plots, and characterization of the pulps carried through into the new stories, and even if most Superman and Batman fans have never heard of Savage, the adventures they read or watch each month are not new The Man of Bronze was overcoming them before world wars had numbers.


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    Doc Savage, supreme adventurer, and his five science bros have their first of many exploits Beginning with an attempt on Doc s life, the gang flies from New York City to an ancient hidden city in Central America as Doc traces his legacy left to him by his father.My first Doc Savage pulp was a quick read and definitely worth the short time it took to tear through it Savage is given his mission and his resources in this first story, effectively making it an origin story while still focusing on the formula plot With some considerable modernization and revision, this would probably be a favorite The concept of stepping into the shoes of a highly capable person okay, really a pretty obvious Marty Stu with nearly complete freedom to go out and right the world s perceived wrongs is escapism at its best, and the 1930 s seem to be the right era for that There were the predicted racial and gender issues that you would expect from a macho men s novel of the age, but it seemed like Dent made a concerted effort to create an educated and culturally sensitive hero in Doc It s easy to see how he became a literary ancestor of Superman The writing style itself is choppy and slightly juvenile, and I tended to not even bother remembering which of Doc s friends had which scientific specialties Overall, fun stuff but not quite enough substance.


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    He s as strong as Superman, as resourceful as Batman, as clever as Brainiac 5 He is physically as impressive as Hercules and as mesmerizingly beautiful as Apollo He swims faster than Michael Phelps and runs quicker than Usain Bolt He s a brilliant surgeon physician He is Clark Doc Savage Jr.And he s completely ridiculous, larger than life, over the top alpha male But this is grade A pulp, and it s just too entertaining to be put off by the it s just too much of a good thing greatness that is the man of bronze The novel is non stop action and running around by Do and his crew 5 men, all the top of their field archeology, geology, law, chemistry, engineering only to be surpassed by their fearless leader, and all brawny to boot If you re prepared to take this not too seriously, it s a fun read favourite quotes p10 Alongside Renny, Doc was like dynamite alongside gunpowder p56 Monk emitted a great howl Monk s fights were always noisy, unless there was a reason for them to be quiet Like a gladiator of old, Monk fought best when the racket was loudest.


  6. says:

    I discovered Doc Savage when I was 14 years of age and read him avidly for about three or four years They are replints of the Doc Savage pulp magazine The Man of Bronze was originally printed in 1933.If you have ever read any pulp magazines you know what to expect slam bang adventure, hack writing and little character development.However, the orignal Doc Savage Magazine ran from 1933 to 1949 16 years It captured it readers by being exciting adventure and nothing .Super scientist Doc Savage and his five assistants roam the globe finding lost cities, conquering villians and helping those in distress.If you ever see one fo these in a used bookstore, you might want to read it to see what Doc Savage is all about They are very short almost all under 200 pages, and they are quick easy reading Dated but a lot of fun.


  7. says:

    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.


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    There are some books that just can t be rated or reviewed objectively At least not by me So feel free to take this one with a grain of salt On any given Saturday when I was in late grade school and junior high you could at some point find me at the Paperback Bookworm I d be looking for SF books Bradbury Asimov Heinlein Ace doubles Ohand Bantam paperbacks of Doc Savage For fifty cents you got a world of adventure When all was said and done I had probably half the Bantam reprints Now it s been a long time since I was 12 years old It s been a long time since I ve read The Man of Bronze though not THAT long But it s just like yesterday when I crack those black Bama covers Doc is a superman The writing is turgid The adventures are spectacular And the villains get what s coming to them It s a recipe for pulp greatness It s twelve all over again It s hunting through shelves stuffed with musty old paperbacks hoping to find one you don t have It s flopped on the bed hoping nobody wants to bug you It doesn t matter if the plot has holes It doesn t matter if the characters are paper thin It doesn t matter if the dialogue is hokey Some books are always five stars.


  9. says:

    I love the idea of Doc Savage.A man trained from birth to build his mind and body to perfection, in order to pursue a life of adventure and righting wrongs A man surrounded by top minds in numerous fields, each an expert in one or areas of science or engineering or some other useful skill A team of adventurers, dodging bullets, thwarting schemes, battling monsters, wielding and facing all the bizarre scientific devices a 1930 s pulp fiction author can devise.But the author, Lester Dent under the pseudonym Kenneth Robeson, cannot write His characters are paragons, perfect to the point of spoof His imagination runs wild, but his sentences often make you read them twice His stuff is fun, in short doses, but not fun enough to get me through a novel.I read some of these long ago, and remembered them as sort of comic books without the pictures In trying to re read as an adult, inspired by a Facebook friend s recent sharing of many of the great book cover images painted by James Bama, I find I just can t do it I love pulpy stuff, but plenty of pulp writers managed to write grammatically and add some level of depth to their characters Not so with this book.So I will henceforth enjoy the cool cover arts And I will spin my own Doc Savage adventures in my head, where they will be mercifully short and feature great special effects, and perhaps guest appearances by Indiana Jones and The Shadow.But with God as my witness, I will never try to read one of these novels again.


  10. says:

    I wish I had the hard cover, I got a stinky paperback version from a used book store.I m not going to lie, this book was in many ways completely retarded I mean, I can buy into a guy being super smart and super strong due to 2 hours of strenuous mental and physical exercises undertaken every day since he was a child To be so perfect that rain glides off his skin and hair, not unlike off the feathers of a duck Come on There s no way So I should of hated this but it was still really quite good Doc is really a one man show and as written by Robeson, can do absolutely no wrong He has a team of 5 guys who are masters of their fields but not as masterful as Doc that are basically kidnap bait and people for Doc to talk to in an effort to further the thin plot The plot though, is fucking awesome, with a lost race of Mayans, assassination attempts, and Doc going bat shit crazy taking out dozens of guys in seconds when he s not masterfully figuring out medical treatments So as silly and simple as it is, it s a damned fun, if quick read I look forward to some adventures.


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