the Pfeiffer Pfiles Presents....the Art Work of Artist Fred Pfeiffer

Fred Pfeiffer was an American Artist
He worked as an Illustrator out of N.Y.N.Y. and
L.A. CA. in the late 60's thru the 70's and into the 80's

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fred Pfeiffer : Doc Savage - South Pole Terror - 1974

by Lester Dent / Kenneth Robeson
the 1974 Bantam cover for Doc Savage
Adventures. This cover was also used
for the Doc Savage "The Stone Man"
a few months later. No one knows why?

An explosion in the Antarctic ! Another great
Doc cover by Fred. Almost abstract background.
the aqua /pathalo green hadn't been a common color
for a Doc cover. Fred stays unique again the fact it
dries really fast in oil paint had to help meet deadline.

1 comment:

Courtney Rogers said...

Doc Savage!

This was the first Doc Savage paperback that I recall seeing. We had a Korvettes store in Elmhurst, IL and there was a tall and quite a long row of yellow metal wire book racks on the first floor by the elevators.

I was attracted to the wavy Doc logo. When reading the "Who Is Doc Savage" blurb on the back of the book, my 14 year old mind interpreted the verbiage as Doc was a man made out of metal ("The Man of Bronze"), and he had five brains in his head ("the 5 greatest brains ever assembled...."). Also, since he wasn't wearing a coat (and barely a shirt, at that) at the South Pole, then he MUST be made out of metal! Else he would freeze to death.

My interest was piqued enough to request some books for Christmas that year of 1974, and upon reading them, found out that he was a mortal man who surrounded himself with 5 brilliant comrades. My initial thoughts about who or what Doc Savage was, was really cool, but the real Doc was plenty cool also.

So this Pfeiffer cover, although reviled by alot of Doc fans, holds a special place in my heart.

And, looking at it 37 years later, I consider it a masterpiece!