In what's possibly a reductio ad absurdum of some sort, I just posted a handful of my old Simon Spector fics to AO3. As apparently there were no previous fics for the character, as far as I can tell I'm now the most prolific publisher of Spector stories in the world, Warren Ellis included.
This would feel a much emptier achievement if I didn't like the setting so much. I don't care if everybody else has forgotten about him, he's still one of my favorite Pulp characters.
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.
Title: Genealogy Fandom: Simon Spector Prompt: #27, Catharsis Rating: PG13 Warnings:Nobody is nice in this universe. I mean it. Summary: Time flies in all sorts of directions. Word Count: About a hundred and twenty.
Title: Systole Fandom: Simon Spector Prompt: #19, Separation Anxiety Rating: PG13 Warnings:Nobody is nice in this universe. Summary: What you know is not always what matters most. Word Count: About a hundred and ten.
Title: Cold Thoughts Fandom: Simon Spector Prompt: #17, Group Think Rating: PG13 Warnings:Nobody is nice in this universe. Summary: Love takes many forms. All of them are scary. Word Count: About a hundred and ten. Author Notes: A companion piece to Whoever Pays Any Attention To The Syntax Of Things, it won't make much sense if you haven't read it.
Title: The Flow of the Waters Fandom: Simon Spector Prompt: #23, Vicarious Rating: PG13 Warnings:Nobody is nice in this universe. Summary: As you sow so shall you reap (a repeated summary, but still a valid one). Word Count: About a hundred.
Title: Five Things Simon Spector Did When Nobody Was Looking Fandom: Simon Spector Prompt: #13, Delusion Rating: PG13 Warnings: Nothing, really. Summary: He's human. Nothing human is alien to him. Word Count: About a hundred and fifty. Author Notes: Not as terrifying as it had the right to be.