Quote:Saw this online. Poor Doc Savage; how far you've fallen. Who else has had drastic changes to Bullpen perceived importance as of today?
Savage wouldn't really be that important to Marvel. Ever.
Quote:Uhm...Gullivar Jones?! Whodat?
Kind of a blatant John Carter ripoff, but he was a Vietnam war vet transported to Mars a billion years in the past.
Quote:[Maybe Marvel could reestablish publishing rights and have Doc run Savage Avengers to help his Q-Rating? ]
Savage isn't a Marvel property. Although some of the early stories are public domain, someone does own the Trademark, and they were suing people over it as recently as 15 years ago.
Does the Rock still have his movie coming out?
50 years later, and Quicksilver is still "not as important."
Gulliver Jones pre-dated Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter novels. He wasn't quite as swashbuckling as Carter though and completely eclipsed. He pops up from time to time such as in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and teaming up with Carter over at Dynamite Comics.
None of the Doc Savage stories are public domain. Street & Smith were very good at renewing their copyrights, so don't look for Doc, the Shadow, Justice Inc., falling into public domain for about another decade. But there are plenty of similar pulp characters who have at least their first story if not entire run public domain: Thunder Jim Wade and Jim Anthony if looking for a Doc analogue.