I’m reading a new series of pulp fiction. Well, I guess new doesn’t count seeing as how the stories were written in the 1930’s. So, we’ll just say new to me then.

The first superhero. The Man of Bronze.

Doc Savage “The Fortress of Solitude”

Doc Savage

Doc Savage was written by Lester Dent in the 1930’s and 40’s, well before any other superhero was born. Before Superman, Batman, Spiderman, before them all.

What’s interesting in reading these stories is how well the author Lester Dent predicted the future. Here’s a few things that stood out in the first story I’ve read.

  • Micro Transmitter- given it was slightly larger than half a shoe box, but hey, this was before transisters.
  • Sonic transmitter listening devices- we call em bugs these days
  • Radio controlled airplanes- full size in this case
  • recorded and transmitted voices- copied to a phonograph, sent by radio to a radio controlled airplane, and then broadcast.
  • Encrypted communications- scrambler and descramblers attached to Doc’s radios
  • Stealthed aircraft- no radar then, so stealthed with mufflers to make silent
  • Sign language
  • forensic investigation
  • lip implants- didn’t call it collagen, called it “a chemical expander”

I’m really amazed at how well Lester Dent got things right. I do believe I shall continue reading the different books. One of my Co-workers gave me the first 8 books in the Nostalgia Ventures series. Pulp Fiction here we come!

Taken from Wikipedia

Doc Savage’s real name was Clark Savage, Jr.. He was a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and, as revealed in The Polar Treasure, a musician”

Doc’s motto

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.

I do believe I shall enjoy reading the series of stories.