- He's super strong
- And super smart.
- He's got his own crew - "The Fabulous Five" - who are all really good at different stuff and who will follow him anywhere.
- He lives on the top of the Empire State Building.
- And owns a submarine, a blimp, a helicopter and a superfast car.
- He designed a "super machine pistol" that fires "mercy bullets" that don't kill bad guys, just knock them out so they can be sent to a sanitarium upstate to be rehabilitated.
- He had a Fortress of Solitude decades before Superman knew it was cool.
My Dad told me he'd read some Doc pulps as a kid, but my search for any remaining copies in my grandfather's attic was in vain. It wasn't until years later that I saw any of the real pulps in person.
Now, of course, everything is available anytime, everywhere. Doc's novels have been republished as two-fers by Nostalgia Ventures and Sanctum Books and Will Murphy is writing a series of new Doc books published by Altus Press. There's also continued talk of a new Doc movie, possibly starring Christopher Hemsworth, who'd be great.
The first film is available on DVD and streaming on Amazon Prime, but I still haven't watched it. Maybe I know that grown-up me will disappoint child-me by finding it ludicrous. Someday.
In the meantime, here's an array of pics from the film and other Doc-focused memorabilia.
|The Doc Savage pulps were a key inspiration for Superman, Batman and other Golden Age comics heroes|
|Doc Savage creator Lester Dent a.k.a. Kenneth Robeson|
|The first Doc Savage pulp adventure, adapted for the 1975 movie|
|The Bantam paperback version of Man of Bronze|
|Former TV Tarzan Ron Ely as Doc Savage in the 1975 film|
|Doc Savage and his Fabulous Five|
|Doc art by Jim Steranko, a super-Savage fan|
|Steranko's Super Graphics publishing house created a Doc fan club, the Brotherhood of Bronze, in the 1970s|
|I loved the Doc black-and-white mag published by Marvel|