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July 16, 2017 Update: New Doc Savage Movie Dead, Awaiting Funeral: Link

 

"I don't know right now because I'm busy editing Predator. Editing has begun, so that's a process not of weeks, but months. Predator is still a focus and will be until November at least. Along the way, I'll see where things land and the chips fall. We talked about Doc Savage with Dwayne Johnson, but Dwayne's dance card is pretty full."

 

I hope this is not a shock to anyone and it's best in the long run there not be a Shane Black / Dwayne Johnson Doc Savage movie. The original script by Black and Co. was rejected by Sony as financially undoable, which might be a nice way of saying what was on the page didn't translate to the wallet of either Sony or the general viewing public.

 

 

July 14, 2017 Update: Review Of Doc Savage: The Ring Of Fire #4: And so concludes the latest Doc Savage comic book saga, The Ring Of Fire. This last chapter was Bill McNeal-level adequate, if not serviceable or at least satisfactory in that it could have been as bad as the three parts that came before it. More effort is made to have Doc look more consistently handsome (the Midwest Football/Army Hero look is not my favorite) and the plot winds up with finality - the most offhanded if not backhanded compliment I could think of.

 

 

Note To World: Please stop making Doc Savage comic books. Doc Savage is not a comic book character and efforts to make him one fail one after another like dominoes crafted from gerbil poop. Sure, they might knock each other down but why on earth would anyone make dominos from gerbil poop?

 

 

 

July 2, 2017 Update: For To Buy:

 

 

"Hello. I'm 2.12598 inch tall Doc Savage and I'm up for bid on eBay"

 

 

June 29, 2017 Update: Review Of Doc Savage: The Ring Of Fire #3: Hello, internet fans of the new Doctor Savage comic books from Dynamite Entertainment, a mix of The Asylum meets Roger Corman. Issue #3 is a funny book that isn't funny, or a book either. Doctor Savage looks old and unhappy, and wouldn't you if your entire left torso was a misshapen mass of deformity with what might be an arm growing from the middle of your back and a forearm that either ends in a stub or the rest is stuffed down the front of your pants?

 

The story is generic and not the product of inspiration but of sitting in a locked room and not leaving until something is on paper. The artwork is, well, I can't do better, so it has that going for it. John Sunlight, the worst Doc Savage villain of all time, sports a chin that's flat and wide on the bottom, jutting out like a spatula. It compliments his Stretch Armstrong body. Ham looks like a stock character who plays the snooty butler in one scene and then the snooty department store floorwalker in the next reel. Renny looks like Robert Mitchum in one panel and Pat like a younger Laura Dern in another.

 

As you can see above especially with Pat, the oddest thing about the art is how each piece of the face appears to have been created separately and then glued onto the page, like Mr. Potato Heads without the holes and pegs. This leads to Forest Whitaker-brand lazy eyes and a 10th-of-the-way to Picasso. On top of the 12th page of art, Sunlight's face is mangled and swollen like he was given a baker's dozen of smacks with a shovel.

 

To celebrate the 100th time I've written the following, tell the bartender the next one is on me: The worst thing to ever happen to Doc Savage was his fans/owners/intelligentsia.

 


 

June 12, 2017 Update: A Tale Of Two Intellectual Properties (and shirts and Funko figures):

 

 

I just bought this One Punch Man shirt. I'd get the Doc Savage design but it's not for sale. It's 1990's clipart tomfoolery at its finest, and as kitsch it's A+ stuff . The one below isn't bad compared to what else has been for sale, but not for $30.53 postpaid.


 

I recently discovered season 1 of One Punch Man on Netflix and have watched the twelve episodes three times, individual episodes twenty times, and the big fight in episode 9 about forty times. Is One Punch Man better than Doc Savage? Not as a character or anything like that, but the trajectory of how the property has been improved from its delirium tremens origins to manga comic book to the excellence of this animated series is the mirror opposite of what's happened to Doc Savage.

 

Funko's One Punch Man is coming out. The neat Doc Savage mock-up is not

 

One Punch Man is Saitama, a young Japanese Everyman slacker with a short attention span and the occasional childish fit of rage. He's often afflicted with boredom. The planet consists of a single Japanese continent divided into letter-named cities with dense populations. The cities are plagued by monsters and criminals so a Hero Association was set up to recruit and manage good guys, from cos-play daydreamers to real heroes with super abilities. Saitama starts in Class C after he fails the written test. The other main characters are Genos, a human-machine who becomes Saitama's disciple, and my favorite, Mumen Rider, a sincere Class C lifer with no special abilities but endless bravery and selflessness.

 

Did I mention Saitama is the most powerful being in the universe?

 

This is as good as the animation gets in the original web comic:

 

 

The printed manga from a different artist is a marked if standard-issue improvement:

 

 

The animated series is a triumph of design and execution, with shifting visual styles, rich colors, a great soundtrack, and top-notch sound design. The web comic, manga, and animated series tell the same story, the first time rough but with potential, the second an improvement to industry standard, and the third a mastering that wisely cuts down dialogue to a minimum and removes from Saitama his occasional snide and douchy comments. Repeat viewings reveal new details in excellent visual storytelling.

 

 

Doc Savage has devolved in a number of ways. The pulps presented a number of different Doc Savages and as a whole a best version is there for the taking. Not everyone sees it. Visually and thematically it went from this:

 

To Sgt. Pointy Mummy, AARP, based on 1960s paperback covers and rendered irrelevant by his owners and biggest fans:

 

Yep. A tale of two creative trajectories.

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Doc Savage Doing His Best Charles Nelson Reilly

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1936 Twink Savage Became Freddie Mercury Savage In Canada Circa 1943

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American Edition "Doc Tosses A Grenade Out A Window Using A Bowling Motion"

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Canadian Edition "Watercolor Doc Bowls In A Crappy Part Of Town"

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