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Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life
Genre Fictional biography
Type Novel
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Fictional biographies / Doc Savage
Wold Newton Universe
Subtitle: As the Archangel of Technopolis and Exotica — As the Golden-eyed Hero of 181 Supersagas — As the Bronze Knight of the Running Board — Including His Final Battle Against the Forces of Hell Itself.
The book includes three addenda:
1- The Fabulous Family Tree of Doc Savage
2- Chronology
3- List of Doc Savage stories
Also published as an eBook (2012).
DEDICATION: "This biography is dedicated to Lester Dent, the Revelator from Missouri, and his wife, Norma Gerling Dent."
COVER TEXT:
Philip José Farmer, biographer of Lord Greystoke (or Tarzan, as he is better known), has turned his superb research and narrative skills to one of the most famous heroes of our time: Doctor Clark Savage, Jr., popularly known as Doc Savage, the bronze champion of justice. Philip José Farmer has collected all the facts that shed light on Doc Savage including his family background (he is related to such stalwarts as Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes and James Bond), his devilish opponents and his amazing inventions, including radar, shark repellent and an anesthetic gas grenade which helped capture King Kong. Together with other data and brilliant deductions, Mr Farmer offers the most authoritative account of this remarkable character we are ever likely to read...
(Panther)
 
PUBLICATION HISTORY
| US | UK | ITALY |

9 Publications
 
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FIRST PUBLICATION
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
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ISBN 0-385-08488-9
hardcover (21,5×14,5cm)
05/1973 (1st)
08/1973 (2nd)
226
$ 6.95
Walter Baumhofer
The 'First edition' is stated as such on the copyright page, and has date code O24 on page 226. Red cloth boards with black lettering on the spine.
There is also a variant of the dustjacket – with larger text on the spine – of which I saw one (the only?) copy at Farmer's house: see photo.


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New York, NY: Bantam Books
Non-Fiction, Q8834
SBN 553-08834-125
paperback (18×10,5cm)
07/1975 (1st)
-/1975 (2nd)
270
$ 1.25
not credited [= Roger Kastel; background by Walter
Baumhofer]
Corrected and expanded edition.

Roger Kastel
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New York, NY: Playboy Paperbacks
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-872-16854-9
paperback (18×10,5cm)
07/1981
270
$ 2.50
not credited [= Ken Barr]
Again a somewhat corrected and expanded edition.

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(Lilburn, GA): Meteor House
Win Scott Eckert
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ISBN 978-0-98837461-4-0
hardcover (23,5×16cm)
07/2013
344
$ 35.00
Joe DeVito
The "Definitive Edition", revised from previous editions. Signed by nearly all of the contributors at the release; later copies are (mostly) unsigned.
With extra contents:
- "Book of Magic", foreword by Win Scott Eckert
- "Philip José Farmer (1918-2009)", a biography by Win Scott Eckert
With Limited Edition Hardcover bonuses:
1 "Doc's Coat of Arms", by Win Scott Eckert & Keith Howell
2 "List of Doc Savage Comics", by Win Scott Eckert & John Allen Small
3 "Writing Doc's Biography", essay by Philip José Farmer
4 "Afterword to Doc Savage Omnibus #13", by Philip José Farmer
And with six Tributes:
- "Caliban", by Will Murray
- "Doc and Phil: A Heck of a Ride", by John Allen Small
- "Chasing the Bronze Knight of the Running Board", by Keith Howell
- "The Maestro of Mythology", by Rick Lai
- "Doc Savage and Philip José Farmer: The Hero-on-the-Hudson and his Boswell", by Arthur C. Sippo
- "An Archaeology of Dreams", by Christopher Paul Carey
The book includes an Index.

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(Boston, MA): Altus Press
Win Scott Eckert
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ISBN 978-1-61827-127-3
trade paperback (23×15cm)
09/2013
273
$ 24.95
Joe DeVito
The "Definitive Edition", revised from previous editions. 
With extra contents:
- "Book of Magic", foreword by Win Scott Eckert
- "Philip José Farmer (1918-2009)", a biography by Win Scott Eckert
The book includes an Index.

Joe DeVito
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St Albans, Herts: Granada / Panther Books
Biography
ISBN 0-586-04160-5
paperback (18×11cm)
04/1975
285
£ 0.75
Richard Clifton-Dey
Corrected and expanded edition, it also includes an index.
Richard Clifton-Dey
ITALY
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Italian: Doc Savage: una biografia apocalittica
in Gli anni del precursore | L'inferno a rovescio | Lord Tyger | Doc Savage: una biografia apocalittica
Milan: Mondadori
I massimi della fantascienza (29)
ISBN 88-04-36029-1
hardcover (20,5×14cm)
05/1992
xiv + 534
L 30.000
Riccardo Valla
Karel Thole
Omnibus, with A Woman a Day, Inside Ouside and Lord Tyger.

Karel Thole
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