DC, via their blog the Source, has given an enigmatic look at a classic character:
Yep, that would be Doc Savage, pulp hero of the ’30s and ’40s. This polymath adventurer shares a lot of qualities you may see in heroes such as Superman, Batman, Captain America, or Mr. Fantastic: the so-called Man of Bronze was trained by scientists from birth to be a superior man, with advanced strength and endurance, as well as photographic memory and a keen understanding of science and the martial arts. And best of all, Green Lantern fans, he even had an oath:
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.
Sounds a little less Abin Sur and a little more Benjamin Franklin, but I dig it.
This character, meanwhile, has jumped from pulisher to publisher, ranging from Marvel to Comico to Millenium Publications. DC last tried a run on this character with a 1987 limited series as well as a 22-issue run from 1988 through 1990. Dark Horse was the latest publisher to have tried their hand on the Doc, trying out a solo limited series as well as a team-up with the Shadow in 1995.
DC thus far has given no word about a possible title for the returning character — but (UPDATE) eagle-eyed readers Adam Richards, DJ, and Kretch noted that the image is actually a portion of a nearly year-old image Brian Stelfreeze posted on his blog back in August 2008 (below). That’s right: it’s looking like a crossover between the Man of Bronze and The Spirit, with some Blackhawk thrown in. And looking at the upper image again, the female character and panther has been Photoshopped out, with her silhouette remaining.