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    James Bama - Original Cover Painting for Doc Savage: The Other World (Bantam, 1968). When Bantam Books acquired the rights to reprint, in paperback form, the long-running pulp adventures of Doc Savage, they recruited renowned artist James Bama. Bama, a native New Yorker who had studied at the Art Students League (training under illustrator Frank J. Reilly) had a starkly realistic style offset by a dramatic, almost baroque use of color. And while Bama incorporated some elements of the earlier pulp covers (Doc's constantly-torn shirt, for example), he added design elements of his own, most notably the sharp, swooping widow's peak that has become a trademark of Doc's appearance. Offered here is the stunning cover artwork to Doc Savage paperback #29, "The Other World" (originally published in pulp form in the January, 1940 edition of Doc Savage), and depicts Doc fighting off a pack of savage ferret-like creatures with a really big stick. Bama uses various shades of brown to give the cover an almost sepia-toned look, and a bold, earthy power. Rendered in oils on thick illustration board, the painting measures 15" x 20", and is in excellent condition, with very light blunting at the corners and a small piece of paper loss in the lower right corner (does not affect the art) being the only noticeable problems. Bama Doc Savage covers are jealously coveted by collectors, and rarely come to the open market; this is an opportunity that may not repeat itself any time in the near future, and should not be ignored.

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