Batman Meets Doc Savage

Newsarama has a glimpse at some of the goodies being released in March from DC Comics, including he first issue of their universe melding First Wave series. The idea behind this series is to create yet another alternate universe, one in which pulp-leaning characters such as Batman (now with twin pistols) and Black Canary exist in the same world as Doc Savage, The Spirit and others. Details below.

FIRST WAVE #1
On sale MARCH 3 • 1 of 6 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by RAGS MORALES
Cover by J.G. JONES
1:10 Variant cover by NEAL ADAMS
DC’s shocking new pulp universe is finally unveiled! In the shadows of the War, the roots of the Golden Tree cabal grew deep into the heart of a fallen world… and the leaders at the heart of this secret organization see no place in their utopia for heroism. Doc Savage, struggling with the loss of his father, has been blind to their advance – until now. Central City’s mysterious Spirit has caught wind of their plans as well. But whose side have the Blackhawks chosen? What is the Red Right Hand? And where is the Batman? Eisner Award winner Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, JOKER) and superstar Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS) craft a DC universe like you’ve never seen before! It’s a world with no supermen, only mortal men… Death can come at any moment, and adventure can still be found at every corner of the map! Will Doc Savage be the first to lead the coming world or the last to be crushed under its heel?

On the same subject, Greg Hatcher at CBR has a great post about all the classic illustrators fom pulp novels back in the day, with some looks at vintage Doc Savage covers. It’s well worth a look to see an impressive gallery of old-school covers.