Press Release: Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life Returns to Print

Philip José Farmer’s classic returns to print in softcover, deluxe hardcover, and e-book formats this Summer.

Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life

April 25, 2013, BOSTON, MA—Altus Press and Meteor House Press are honored to announce they have come to terms with the Estate of Philip José Farmer to bring Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life back to print for the first time in 30 years.

Originally published in 1973, Philip José Farmer’s biography of The Man of Bronze was a trendsetter, and its influence is still felt to this day. This ultimate edition includes an all-new foreword by Farmer scholar Win Scott Eckert, along with rare images—many never before seen—as well as an exhaustive index for easy reference.

The deluxe, signed hardcover—which will be sold via Meteor House Press—features additional essays by Farmer and pulp experts such as John Allen Small, Keith Howell, Rick Lai, Art Sippo, Christopher Paul Carey, and current Doc Savage writer Will Murray.

Altus Press will offer standard trade edition of the book, as well as e-books available in all the popular formats. These editions will be available soon after the release of the deluxe, signed hardcover edition.

All editions of Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life will feature an all-new cover by Wild Adventures of Doc Savage series painter Joe DeVito.

For more information about the forthcoming release of Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, please visit and

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9 Thoughts on Press Release: Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life Returns to Print

  1. Well, this will be the 3rd go-round for me (after the Bantam mass-market paperback, and the Playboy Press mass-market. While it will be nice just to get an upscale edition (I stupidly passed on the original Doubleday hardback edition when I saw it in the bookstore, because it seemed too expensive at the time — what can I say, you do dumb things when you’re young), I sincerely hope for some additional content by way of an extensive foreword, afterword, and appendices and such.

  2. Hi Dennis:

    Thanks for your interest. As noted, the deluxe signed hardcover edition has much additional content:

    Win Scott Eckert

    • Which is why I decided to splurg on the hardback edition. I have the prior Bantam and Playboy paperback editions. (as well as the prior Playboy Paperback edition of Tarzan Alive and with the current Bison Books edition).

  3. This is excellent news!
    Every since Tarzan: A Biography received a new edition, I’ve hped that DS: HAL would receive the same treatment.
    I look forward to having both of Farmer’s works sitting side by side on my shelf.

  4. I se that that the hardcover addition s now on
    Is there an estimate on when the softcover edition will be ready to sell?

  5. Matthew, thank you for the response.
    I’ll be checking here daily and get my order in as soon as it appears.

  6. Is the Kindle/ebook edition no longer available?


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