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February 16th, 2009 (10:59 pm)

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.


Posted by: mendori (mendori)
Posted at: February 17th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)

Every time I almost forget how monstrous a geek you are...

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 17th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)

At least I didn't tie it into a reference to "The Tick vs. the Proto-Clown."

("You don't date much, do you?")

Posted by: mendori (mendori)
Posted at: February 17th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)

I think Im more embarrassed that I actually did think of that than I didnt.

Posted by: Elspeth (elspethdixon)
Posted at: February 17th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)

That is gorgeous.

I came *this close* to buying myself a set of prints of Doc Savage pulp covers at NY Comic Con last week, but I'd already spent my art-purchasing cash on X-Men and Iron Man/Captain America/Avengers stuff.

There was a booth that had poly-resin models of The Spider and the Shadow, too, plus Doc (the Spider even had the white hair and the fangs; it was awesome).

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 17th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)

That'd be the ReelArt Studios booth. They previewed their new Doc statue there. It'll be out this summer.

Yes, I am reordering my budget. DON'T JUDGE ME.

Posted by: __marcelo (__marcelo)
Posted at: February 17th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)

I'm not much into collectibles or owning physical art in general but I'd love to have that.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 17th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)

I was never into it. Then, at Dragon*Con, I got a deal on Kong fighting a V-Rex, from the Peter Jackson flick -- monstrous thing -- for around a third of list price. Couldn't pass up that deal.

Now I'm slightly hooked.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 17th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)

I believe the source novel for which you're looking is PYTHON ISLE, for which Joe DeVito provided the cover art.


Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 17th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)

It is indeed. I was right about the snake on THE THOUSAND-HEADED MAN, though. They drew Doc wrestling with snakes more than I'd figured.

(See above: "You don't date much, do you?")

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