(November 1969-March 1970) When Bantam Books had the bright idea to reprint the Doc Savage pulps with photo-realistic
fantasy covers by James Bama in 1964, it was the birth of the numbered men's adventure series,
and the rediscovery of the hero pulp
genre. The first publisher to cash in was Corinth, who reprinted Operator #5, Secret Agent X, and
The Phantom Detective starting in 1966. Then in 1969 (pub. date, September) Berkley jumped in with Popular's G-8
and His Battle Aces, following it two months later with The Spider! Both series owe their wavy logos to
Doc Savage's mod banner, and their dramatic covers to Bama.