Pulp's Science Detective Meets Comics' Dark Knight Detective

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Doc Savage - the pulp character created in 1933 who inspired the creation of Superman - is being resurrected by DC Comics in an all-new special hitting stores this November. Are you ready to meet the Man of Bronze?


Savage, created by Street and Smith Publications executive Henry Ralston and editor John Nanovic in response to public interest in their The Shadow character, first appeared in 1933's Doc Savage Magazine (later Doc Savage, Science Detective), in stories written by Lester Dent. The character - who "rights wrongs and punishes evildoers" with a list of skills approaching superhuman standards and his very own Fortress of Solitude before Kal-El thought of getting one - went on to star in radio shows, comic books and even a 1975 movie, but despite his longevity, never quite managed to penetrate the mainstream in the same way as the characters he inspired.

That may all change when Savage returns in November's Batman/Doc Savage Special, announced yesterday by DC Comics. Written by 100 Bullets and Wednesday Comics' Batman strip writer Brian Azzarello, and drawn by Phil Noto, the one-shot special will reintroduce the character through a team-up with the Dark Knight, ahead of Azzarello's First Wave project that will explore Savage and other pulp heroes in a contemporary setting.

Unveiling the Batman/Doc Savage Special [The Source]



Doc Savage! When I was a kid, my mom would buy me old sci-fi and pulp adventure books to read, and much as I loved the old Tom Swift, Tom Corbett, and Dig Allen Space explorer books, Doc Savage was a real treat. They just went so completely bizarre. It'd be like "Doc, it's rash of robberies. By guys in invisibility suits. Who fly around in spherical airships. And it's all part of some master plan to control all the silver in the world."

Oh, and in that clip above? That's right. That's a Doc inventing the Rocket Fisherman. In the arctic. Because that's how he rolls.