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Lovely Doc Savage canon

The arrival of the police, who seized the prisoners, was not a part of Doc's plan.
The bronze man had an institution for curing criminals--the cure was rather
unusual--in up-State New York, where he had planned to send Hickey Older and all the
others.

Unfortunately, the existence of the institution was a secret, so there was nothing to
do but let the police have their prisoners.


(Doc Savage's unique "college" for curing criminals has been made use of many times
previously. It is located in a remote section of up-State New York, and patients
taken to it first undergo a delicate brain operation which wipes out all memory of
the past. Following this, they receive training which equips them to earn a living.
Accordingly, criminals who are graduated from the unusual "college" have no knowledge
of their shady past, and no desire to return to crime.)


From The Awful Egg, where there is no textual notion at all that there might be something questionable about any of this and, in fact, it barely merits a casual note.

Doc Savage: nastier than Simon Spector, crazier than Bruce Wayne, only half as superhuman as Axel Brass, but twice the public menace. And everybody in his world loves him.

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hradzka
Aug. 22nd, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
I love Doc Savage so. I'm very fond of the running gag in "Quest of the Spider," in which Doc keeps stashing minor bad guys in his Louisiana hotel room until he can get a chance to send them up to the college. There are a lot of minor bad guys, and by the end Doc is running out of space.

I need to pimp Doc as a fandom, really. Been meaning to do that.
__marcelo
Aug. 22nd, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
I'm very fond of the running gag in "Quest of the Spider," in which Doc keeps stashing minor bad guys in his Louisiana hotel room until he can get a chance to send them up to the college. There are a lot of minor bad guys, and by the end Doc is running out of space.

I definitely have to read that one.

jarodrussell
Aug. 22nd, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
Periodically, I try to read P. J. Farmer's book about Doc Savage, and from what I gather, Doc Savage was like a young Montgomery Burns who fought crime.
__marcelo
Aug. 22nd, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
I can't tell you how much I laughed when I read that. It fits disturbingly well, in some ways.
razorsmile
Aug. 22nd, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
Did I tell you he puts some of his "graduates" to work in a Pinkerton-style detective agency that he owns?
__marcelo
Aug. 22nd, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah. It makes things worse sense, doesn't it?
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