Doc Savage, one of the greatest pulp heroes, and a character often regarded as a direct influence on Superman, is returning to comics for Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire, a four issue mini-series from Dynamite, written by David Avallone, with art by Dave Acosta. The story involves the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, and someone attacking US military bases using volcanoes.

It's hard to know exactly what's happening in this unlettered pencil art preview, although Acosta's work looks fantastic. My guess is that it's a dream sequence, since it features someone who looks like Doc Savage burning to death, followed by Amelia Earhart showing up out of nowhere only to be engulfed in flames as well. If this is actual plot, this book is going to be really unpredictable. But even if it's a dream, it appears to be worth checking out.

Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire #1 will be available for order in the January Previews catalogue, and each issue of the series will feature covers by Brent Schoonover and Anthony Marques.

 

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Here's the official word from Dynamite:

The dynamic duo behind this year's The Twilight Zone / The Shadow crossover has teamed up with Condé Nast to take on another pulp hero in the four-issue limited comic-book series, Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire! David Avallone (Legenderry: Vampirella) and Dave Acosta (Red Sonja, Vampirella, Swords of Sorrow) are reuniting for four issues of pulp-fueled espionage and intrigue! Set in 1938, The Ring of Fire delivers thrills aplenty as FDR's America faces a string of national disasters: beloved aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart is missing, volcanoes are going off under US Navy bases, and villains from the Silver Death's Heads gang are trying to kill Doc Savage!
"My father, pulp fiction writer Michael Avallone, was the world's biggest Doc Savage fan, and I grew up with the full set of Bantam paperbacks in the house," says writer David Avallone. "When Dynamite's Senior Editor Joseph Rybant asked if I was interested in doing aDoc series, I jumped at the chance. Dave Acosta and I are working hard to deliver a supersaga in the classic Kenneth Robeson / Lester Dent tradition. I can't wait for people to see it."