May 28th, 2004

doc savage

Have no fear, the man of bronze is here!

In an age of superheroes, not nearly enough people know about Doc Savage.

Doc is one of the greatest adventure characters of all time. He was created in 1933 by Henry W. Ralston and John L. Nanovic, and his adventures were published in Doc Savage magazine for the next sixteen years. Most of his adventures were written by Lester Dent, under the pen name of Kenneth Robeson, and Dent really deserves the lion's share of credit for Doc's success. Doc was a proto-superhero who broke ground for the genre, and for so many major characters that came after him that if he were reintroduced to the public today in a major feature film, most of the potential audience would consider him a rip-off.

You think I'm kidding?

He's a wealthy man who dedicated his life to fighting crime, with the help of his aides, whom he treats like family -- they're all he has. He is a physical and mental marvel who travelled the world, learning skills from masters of every field, from Tibetan lamas to martial artists of the East, and he supplements his natural abilities with an array of gadgets, from grappling hooks to drug-tipped darts, all of which he keeps on his person in a specially-designed article of clothing. He helps people for no reward. When he wants to get out of the city, he goes to the Arctic, where he keeps a hidden base known as the Fortress of Solitude. Oh, and his real first name is Clark.

Any of this sound familiar?

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