In this weeks episode I will be discussing Doc Ardan: City of Gold and Lepers written by Guy d’Armen and adapted and retold by Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier. The book is published by the Lofficier’s Black Coat Press and is available in paperback, nook and kindle formats. The cover is illustrated by Dean Zachary.
Doc Ardan’s full name is Doctor Francis Ardan, he is a french pulp hero created by Guy d’Armen (likely a pen name according to the Lofficier’s) and first appeared in 1928. The City of Gold and Lepers was his first appearance. It was published in the french magazine Science et Voyages from the May 1928 through November 1928 issue.
Doc Ardan first appearance in 1928 pre-dates Doc Savage’s first appearance in 1933, so he wasn’t originally a character who physically resembled Doc Savage, as he does on the covers of the Black Coat Press books. The original artwork shown on the Black Coat Press site kind of depicts him as a traditional explorer. It appears the Lofficier’s leave the possibility open for Doc Ardan to be a young Doc Savage operating under an alias. According to the introduction, Ardan or Ardent (the t being silent in french) means fierce, fiery, wild or savage, which would be a fitting alias. The Lofficier’s also speculate in the forward that Ardan may be related to Michael Ardan from the story From the Earth to the Moon and Gale Arden from the Flash Gordon series.
Links: Doc Ardan: The City of Gold and Lepers Buy or read a sample at Black Coat Press: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/docardan.htm PDF Sample: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/DocArdanChapter.pdf Buy or read a sample on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/q8tc5jf Buy or read a sample on B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/doc-ardan/doc-ardan?store=allproducts&keyword=doc+ardan Upcoming Doc Ardan Double Feature: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/docardan2.htm Jean-Marc Lofficier on the Book Cave Podcast: http://thebookcave.libsyn.com/episode-53-black-coat-s-jean-marc-lofficier French Wold Newton Universe: http://www.coolfrenchcomics.com/wnu1.htm Black Coat Press: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/