In 1933, readers were first introduced to Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze. Raised from the cradle to be the pinnacle of mental and physical perfection, Doc Savage travels the world using science and sinews to right wrongs, aid the oppressed, and liberate the innocent. Whether with his team of able associates at their headquarters high atop the tallest building in the world, or on his own, Doc Savage is tireless in his pursuit of knowledge and justice. PREVIEWSworld talked with writer Chris Roberson to get his take on the Doc Savage character and where he plans on taking him in his new series for Dynamite Entertainment.
PREVIEWSworld: What is it about Doc Savage that appeals to you?
Chris Roberson: In the course of my comics career, I've been lucky enough to work on nearly every character and series that mattered the most to me growing up. Doc Savage is one of the final characters left on my bucket list. Growing up in the 70s, it was impossible to miss the Doc Savage reprints in every bookstore and every newsstand with those striking covers. Doc quickly became and remained my absolute favorite of all of the pulp heroes and the stories of Lester Dent were a huge influence on my own writings.
PREVIEWSworld: How would you describe your take on Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze himself?
Chris Roberson: Clark Savage, Jr., better known to the world as Doc Savage, is a man trained from the cradle to be as close to perfect as any human can get, both mentally and physically. He has dedicated his life to the pursuit of knowledge and justice, and travels the world fighting oppression. He never lies and doesn't kill and sees crime as an illness that can be cured.
In many ways, Doc Savage was one of the most significant precursors of comic book superheroes (and action heroes of the 20th century in general), and you can see elements of the character in everything from Superman to the Fantastic Four to James Bond.
PREVIEWSworld: How would you describe your storyline?
Chris Roberson: The story we're telling is pretty sweeping in scope. We start in 1933, soon after Doc Savage made his first public appearance. The next issue takes place in the late 1940s, shortly after the last published issue of the Doc Savage pulp magazine. The third issue jumps forward to the early 1960s, and so on. Each of these issues will be self-contained adventures that gradually piece together into one larger story spanning some 80 years.
The approach we're taking is that just because the magazine was no longer being published, doesn't mean that Doc wasn't still out there saving the world. He's been at it all this time, and we've got eight issues to catch up with him and see what he's been up to.
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