Real Name: Clark Savage Jr.
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Physical Attributes: Doc Savage is extremely strong, apparently possessing the strength of many men. His physical skills range from that of a trained gymnast to a Master of the martial Arts. His senses are developed far beyond those of the average person. He keeps himself in top physical and mental condition by engaging in a two hour routine of highly developed exercises every day.
Mental Attributes: Doc Savage is a genius. As a small child, Clark Savage, Jr. was brought up by scientists, placed there by his father, so that he would have the best training possible. He was trained by experts in every discipline. He is an expert in many fields such as chemistry, physics, engineering, geology, archeology, astronomy, law, and many more. He is a surgeon, the best the world has ever seen. Doc Savage has a photographic memory as well as advanced observation and deduction capabilities that are in excess of those of Sherlock Holmes.
Doc Savage attempts to remain as emotionless as possible. However, in times of mental stress or excitement he may emit a trilling sound. This sound is very difficult to describe and seems to come from every direction so that it is very difficult to locate its source. Doc is not aware that he is making this sound.
Birth data: The year of birth is 1901. The day is still in question. Jose Farmer says it is Nov. 12th, others say Nov. 7th. The place was on board a schooner named Orion. The Orion was anchored off the north shore of Andros Island in the Bahamas at the time of birth.
Physical Description: His height is 6 feet 8 inches. Doc Savage is a large man, but so well proportioned that his large size is not apparent until he is standing next to another person or some other object with which his size can be compared.
Doc Savage became known as the Man of Bronze because of his skin color. A golden bronze. His hair is a shade darker. His eyes are brown, flecked with gold and posses a strong hypnotic quality. His eyes never seem to rest on any particular spot for very long. Many people find it very difficult to stare into these eyes.
Occupation: Doc Savage has dedicated his life to stopping criminals and to helping those people that are unable to help themselves.
Doc takes no payment from the people he helps, he must use his own source of money. Doc is extremely wealthy. It comes in the form of gold from a hidden valley in a South American country, Hidalgo. His father discovered this valley before his death. This valley contains the last of the Mayans who supply Doc with the gold.
Base of Operations: Doc Savage has placed his base of operations in the Empire State Building. Although it is reported that he occupies the 86th floor, it is not known which floor he actually operates from.
Doc Savage also maintains a hanger/warehouse. It's identified by a sign reading "HIDALGO TRADING COMPANY". This building is connected to the base of operations in the Empire State Building by a tunnel system devised by Doc called the "flea run".
One thing, Doc Savage never uses a gun. But make no mistake, Savage is an expert marksman and if need be, he will use a gun. Doc Savage will go to great lengths to avoid killing, but he has been known to kill when there were no alternatives.
Relatives: Doc Savage has only one known living relative, Patricia Savage. She is his first cousin and is very beautiful. She loves adventure and attempts to join Doc on his many adventures although he tries to discourage her. She runs a high priced beauty shop on 5th Ave.
Associates: Doc Savage has five associates who help him on his various adventures. Each is an expert in their respective fields. Doc met these men during World War I and they became fast friends, they are: "Monk" Lt. Col. Andrew Blodgett Mayfair, "Ham" Brigadier General Theodore Marley Brooks, "Johnny" William Harper Littlejohn, "Long Tom" Major Thomas J. Roberts & "Renny" Col. John Renwick.
Clark Savage. Jr first appeared in March, 1933 in the first issue of Doc Savage Magazine. Because of the success of The Shadow, who had his own pulp magazine, the publishers Street & Smith quickly launched this pulp title.
Unlike The Shadow, Clark Savage (or 'Doc' to his friends), had no special powers, but was raised from birth by his father and other scientists to become one of the most perfect human beings in terms of strength, mental and physical agilities.
Setting up base on the 86th floor of a New York skyscraper (implied but never outright stated as the Empire State Building), Doc Savage fights against evil with the assistance of the 'fabulous five'.
These five individuals consist of: Col. John Renwick ('Renny'), a six foot four inch tall engineer; William Harper Littlejohn ('Johnny'), a geologist and archaeologist; Maj. Thomas J. Roberts ('Long Tom'), an electrical wizard; Brig. Gen. Theodore Marley Brooks ('Ham'), an attorney (who carried a sword cane); and 260 pound, five foot, Lt. Col. Andrew Blodgett Mayfair ('Monk'), a chemist. All five of these men are experts in their field and assist Doc Savage on his adventures.
The adventures of Doc Savage appeared in 181 pulp novels between 1933 and 1949. Written under the house name of 'Kenneth Robeson', the majority of these were written by Lester Dent.
in 1964 Bantam Books started to reprint the pulp stories in paperback. These proved to be extremely popular, with the publisher continuing to reprint the stories off and on until 1990. It was during the 1960s and 1970s that the character really started to catch on again with the paperbacks appearing and the characters appearances in other media such as a movie and comic books.
Doc Savage first appeared in his own comic book series in the 1940s, which lasted for twenty issues. There was some difference between the pulp version and this one as the comic book version had his own costume and powers. The pulp incarnation of the character was revived in a single issue comic book adaptation of the pulp, "Thousand Headed Man" published by Gold Key Comics in 1966. When the pulp version of the character was enjoying a revival in the 1970s, Marvel Comics published eight issues of Doc in a traditional Marvel colour comic book series, and eight issues of a black and white format magazine (which was first released when the movie appeared). Since then the character has appeared in comic books by such publishers as DC Comics, Innovation, Millennium and Dark Horse Comics.
In radio the character appeared in 26 episodes of his own 15 minute serial which started in 1934. There was also a short lived 1943 series based on the comic book version of the character. Unfortunately no recordings of either series seem to have survived. In 1985 Canadian NPR produced 13 half hour episodes of 'The Adventures of Doc Savage', which were more faithful adaptations of the pulp stories.
It was in 1975 that there was a movie made of Doc Savage, Man of Bronze (the title of the first pulp story). Starring Ron Ely in the title role, it was produced by George Pal and directed by Michael Anderson. The movie did remain quite faithful to the pulp story, but had an air of campness about it. The movie was not popular enough to warrant a sequel and has been the only movie adaptation to date, although there is talk about a new movie or television series about the character which comes up every few years.
First Appearance: Shadow Comics (1940) #1
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Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special (1990)
Dan Brereton: The Goddess & The Monster (2010)
HC Dave Stevens: Complete Sketches & Studies (2011)
- 'Dan Brereton: The Goddess & The Monster'
Dave Stevens: Covers & Stories (2012)
Doc Savage (1966)
#1 Doc Savage (1967)
- 'The Thousand Headed Man'
Doc Savage (1972)
#1 Doc Savage (1975)
- 'Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze!'#2
- 'Master of the Red Death!'#3
- 'Death in Silver!'#4
- 'The Hell-Diver!'#5
- 'The Monsters!'#6
- 'Where Giants Walk!'#7
- 'The Brand of the Werewolf!'#8
- 'Werewolf's Lair!'
#1 Doc Savage (1987)
- 'The Doom on Thunder Isle!'#2
- 'Hell-Reapers At the Heart of Paradise'#3
- 'The Inferno Scheme'#4
- 'Ghost-Pirates from the Beyond!'#5
- 'The Earth-Wreckers!'#6
- 'The Sky Stealers!'#7
- 'The Mayan Mutations!'#8
- 'The Crimson Plague'
TPB Doc Savage (1988)
- 'Doc Savage: The Silver Pyramid'#1
- 'The Heritage of Doc Savage: part 1 - Into the Silver Pyramid'#2
- 'Cities of Fear'#3
- 'Return to the Silver Pyramid'#4
- 'Secret of the Twin Towers'
Annual 01 Doc Savage (2013)
- 'The Olympic Peril!'#1
- 'The Discord Makers, Part One'#2#3
- 'The Discord Makers, Part Three: Battleground'#4
- 'The Discord Makers, Part Four: The Enemy Within'#5#6
- 'Suicide Mission'#7
- 'The Mind Molder!'#8
- 'Crime College Czar!'#9
- 'The Golden God!'#10
- 'The Golden War!'#11
- 'Resurrection Night!'#12
- 'Escape From Solitude!'#13
- 'Veil Across The Sun!'#14
- 'The Long Night's Dawn!'#15
- 'The Sea Baron! Part 1'#16
- 'Undersea Showdown - The Sea Baron Part 2'#17
- 'The Conflagration Man, Chapter 2: Uneasy Allies'#18
- 'Triple-Cross! The Climax of The Conflagration Man'#19
- 'The Air Lord!'#20
- 'Dirigible Of Doom'#21
- 'Death In The Heart Of Texas!'#22
- 'The Asteroid Terror Part 1'#23
- 'Hermes, Messenger Of Death!'#24
- 'Death From Above!'
Doc Savage Comics (1940)
Doc Savage: Curse of the Fire God (1995)
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1991)
#1 Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (2010)
- 'The Monarch of Armageddon - chapter 1'#2
- 'The Monarch of Armageddon - chapter 2'#3
- 'The Monarch of Armageddon - chapter 3'#4
- 'The Monarch of Armageddon - chapter 4'
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze - Doom Dynasty (1991)
#1 Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze - Repel (1993)
- 'Chapter 1'#2
- 'Chapter 2'
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze - The Devil's Thoughts (1992)
#1 Doc Savage: The Manual of Bronze (1992)
- 'Chapter 1'#2
- 'Chapter 2'#3
- 'Chapter 3'
Giant-Size Doc Savage (1975)
#1 Giant-Size Spider-Man (1974)
- 'Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze Master of the red death'
#3 Incognito (2008)
- 'The Yesterday Connection'
Incognito: The Classified Edition (2012)
HC Marvel Comic-Stars (1981)
- 'Incognito: The Classified Edition'
#8 Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
- 'Der Mächtige Thor: Eine völlig verrückte Welt'
Pat Savage: The Woman of Bronze - Family Blood Special (1992)
Rocketeer Adventures (2011)
Shadow Comics (1940)
Showcase Presents: Doc Savage (2011)
The Rocketeer (1985)
The Rocketeer Special Edition (1984)
#1 The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror (2013)
- 'The Rocketeer, Chapter 5'
The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures (2009)
The Shadow and Doc Savage (1995)
#1 The Shadow Strikes! (1989)
- 'The Case of the Shrieking Skeletons'#2
- 'The Case of the Shrieking Skeletons, Part 2'
#5 Thrilling Adventure Stories (1975)
- 'The Conflagration Man, Chapter 1: Twin Trails'#6
- 'The Conflagration Man, Part 3: The Big Boom'
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"The Code of Doc Savage:
- Let me strive, every moment of my life, to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it.
- Let me think of the right, and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice.
- Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage.
- Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens and my associates in everything I say and do.
- Let me do right to all, and wrong no man."
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