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Have no fear, the man of bronze is here!

March 2nd, 2009 (10:34 pm)

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ON the lowermost floor of a skyscraper many blocks distant, the crimson-fingered man focused his glasses. He started counting stories upward.

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The building was one of the tallest in New York. A gleaming spike of steel and brick, it rammed upward nearly a hundred stories.

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At the eighty-sixth floor, the sinister man ceased to count. His glasses moved right and left until they found a lighted window. This was at the west corner of the building.

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Only slightly blurred by the rain, the powerful binoculars disclosed what was in the room.

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The broad, polished top of a massive and exquisitely inlaid table stood directly before the window.

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Beyond it was the bronze figure!

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This looked like the head and shoulders of a man, sculptured in hard bronze. It was a startling sight, that bronze bust. The lines of the features, the unusually high forehead, the mobile and muscular, but not too-full mouth, the lean cheeks, denoted a power of character seldom seen.

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The bronze of the hair was a little darker than the bronze of the features. The hair was straight, and lay down tightly as a metal skullcap. A genius at sculpture might have made it.

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Most marvelous of all were the eyes. They glittered like pools of flake gold when little lights from the table lamp played on them. Even from that distance they seemed to exert a hypnotic influence through the powerful binocular lenses, a quality that would cause the most rash individual to hesitate.

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The man with the scarlet-tipped fingers shuddered. . . .

Once more, he pressed the binoculars to his eyes and focused them on the amazing bronze statue.

The bronze masterpiece opened its mouth, yawned—for it was no statue, but a living man!

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-- Lester Dent, writing as "Kenneth Robeson"
THE MAN OF BRONZE, Doc Savage Magazine #1, March 1933.

Comments

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Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)

Is it not? IT IS DOC.

My joy at this is rather ridiculous.

Posted by: beamjockey (beamjockey)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)

Doc died in 1993? I missed the news.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)

As Jake Speed remarked in 1986, "Savage is getting old." Actually, of course, it's the 60th anniversary bust. As any devotee of Philip Jose Farmer's Wold-Newton Universe knows, Doc and his crew used anti-agathics to stay young and supple.

Posted by: mendori (mendori)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)

... you silly bastard. silly cute bastard.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)

My adorableness is only matched by my avaricious acquisition!

Posted by: __marcelo (__marcelo)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)

That was incredibly appropriate. I mean, it's Doc.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
doc savage bust

It is. I mean, hell, if you're going to do busts of characters in bronze, then you have to do the *actual* Man of Bronze! It just makes sense!

The only way this could be better is if it were life-size. It's almost that good; in a photo with nothing to give it scale, the bust looks freakin' huge.

Posted by: __marcelo (__marcelo)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)

in a photo with nothing to give it scale, the bust looks freakin' huge.

*laughs* ... And with nothing to give him scale, Doc looks just normal-sized.

Posted by: vito excalibur (vito_excalibur)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)

Welcome to Ridiculously Cute Town! Population: you!

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)

Sometimes A VERY HAPPY PLACE to live.

Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)

Dooooork.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
doc savage python

Yeeeeeessss.

Posted by: oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)

WOW. Where are you going to put it?

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)

I have no idea.

Somewhere it will look incredibly bad-ass. I am tempted to build an Empire State Building display case, so I can put it in the window, and --

yeah, that's a little too geeky.

Posted by: oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne)
Posted at: March 4th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)

Is it too geeky? IS it?

I don't think so.

Posted by: A large duck (burger_eater)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)

lol

I wish I had something to be so geekily excited about.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)

Be alert for further displays of geeky excitement.

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Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)

I love being it. SO THAT WORKS OUT.

Posted by: cmar_wingnut (cmar_wingnut)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)

That's a beautiful piece. I had a Doc Savage phase many years ago, and zipped through all the books. Then they were kinda ruined for me by A Feast Unknown. (Oh Philip Jose Farmer no!)

Edited at 2009-03-03 06:47 pm (UTC)

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)

Well, Farmer did give us DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE. So I will forgive him AFU. Which, y'know, is an appropriate acronym! I have a copy of A FEAST UNKNOWN for completeness's sake. I keep an eye on it in the event that it decides to suddenly wrestle me to death and then ejaculate on my corpse.

Posted by: cmar_wingnut (cmar_wingnut)
Posted at: March 4th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)

Just make sure you have your homicidal book killing spray handy!

Posted by: Elspeth (elspethdixon)
Posted at: March 4th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)

That is beautiful (he even has the ripped shirt!)

Also, you have to admire Robeson's use of "rammed" there for the skyscraper, just in case it's not quite phallic enough.

(Someday I will own a stainless-steel copy of Captain America's sheild. I don't know where I'll put a two-foot diameter metal frisbee, or how I'll justify spending $300 bucks on it, but I will).

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 5th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)

I just shelled out an embarrassing amount of money for a bronze bust of Doc Savage. At a certain point, you have to give up on justifying it and just admit you're going to do something gloriously foolish.

Posted by: Petra (petronelle)
Posted at: March 5th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)

Dawwww.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 5th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
doc savage

Doc Savage is watching you.

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