David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines

oh, expletive deleted!

I was bumming around the web, as I do, when I saw possibly the single most awesome collectible I have ever seen. Maybe not for you, but for me, for my fandoms, this is my new Holy Grail. I did not even know it existed until today.

It is a bronze statue by Joe Devito of Doc Savage fighting a python.

This is it.

It seems to me to be based on one of the Bama covers -- THE THOUSAND-HEADED MAN, maybe? But HOLY CRAP is that gorgeous. Graphitti Designs put it out as a limited-as-hell edition in the 1990s, which was before I was plugged into or even cognizant of the collectibles market. And it is, I think, the single most beautiful collectible sculpture I have ever seen. For anything of which I have ever been a fan. I used to think that the Randy Bowen bust of Doc Savage -- also Graphitti; there was an actual bronze run that I could not even remotely afford at the time -- was my number-one Doc Savage want. NO MORE. THIS IS NOW THE HEAD OF THE LINE.

The killer: I immediately started trying to find one, to see how many organs I would have to sell whether I could sell Girl Scouts into slavery for one any were out there, and I found out that somebody had managed to buy one last year. At MegaCon. In Orlando.

Which I seriously considered going to, but then said, "Nah."

AUGH. I would have pounced on that thing IN A HEARTBEAT.

Great score for the guy who got it, though. Here are some pictures of his. AND IF I EVER FIND OUT WHERE HIS HOUSE IS --

Um. Excuse me, I have to go roll around in fannish jealousy for a while.

(Last Dragon*Con, however, I did get Andy Runton to draw me Owly as Doc Savage. With Wormy and Scruffy as Ham and Monk, respectively. This is good for the soul.)

ETA: Oh, God. No sooner do I say the Randy Bowen Doc bronze is no longer my holy grail, then one shows up on Ebay.

Folks, excuse me, I'll be over here looking at my budget and whimpering.

Also ETA: I called Graphitti Designs and asked 'em about the piece -- I knew they didn't have any, but I was curious about its history and numbers. Turns out it's not actually a bronze; it's coldcast porcelain with a very good faux bronze finish. They sold out quickly, because Graphitti only made 295 of them fifteen years ago. Which means I am never, ever, *ever* going to find one. Because I can't imagine any Doc Savage fan in his right mind giving one up. Sigh.
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