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Doc Savage Custom Action Figure

Custom #:35696  
Name:Doc Savage
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Pulp Characters
Date Added:January 7, 2012
Base Figure:Various Joes
Height:4.00 inches
I have to credit respected forum member claytonemery for planting the seed that eventually grew into a Doc Savage custom in my brain. If it wasn't for his own inspiring custom work on the series, I probably would have never started researching the character. The funny thing is, I never planned on doing a Doc Savage custom, but as I was rooting around for parts to make my Lone Ranger and Tonto customs, it literally jumped out at me that, "Hey! I bet I could piece together a pretty decent Doc Savage custom outta this!" And so the gauntlet was thrown and it had to be done.
Doc Savage Magazine was printed from 1933 to 1949. In all, 181 issues were published, so this character has an extensive history. He became reanimated when Bantam Books began reprinting the series as novels in 1964, featuring iconic cover art by the amazing artist James Bama. Doc Savage is a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and musician. A team of scientists assembled by his father deliberately trained his mind and body to near-superhuman abilities almost from birth, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. Doc is also a master of disguise and an excellent imitator of voices. Surprisingly, in some of his earlier novels, he is also a bloodthirsty killing machine, particularly in The Land Of Terror (April 1933). Doc himself personally murders well over a dozen thugs in this story and not exactly in self-defense as they are mostly trying hysterically to get away from him. The man of bronze breaks the necks of two gangsters with a sharp twist, yanks another one by the neck and throws him out a window to screeching death, flings a long steel pike into a thug's head and hurls a cutlass right through another one, then shoves a table across a room so hard that it crushes a man against a wall and smashes the table! This is not even counting the other gangsters that Doc simply shoots through the head, including a group of thugs he mows down with a machine gun ("Dying men toppled over the hatch rim, to fall into the hold like ripe fruit"). In the climax of this story Doc and his team travel to an island inhabited by dinosaurs! So, this series is really a template for guys like Indiana Jones.
Anyway, Doc Savage was made using a RAH Hawk Abernathy head (with a sculpted exaggerated widows peak), POC Destro upper legs and knees, Major Blood lower legs, RAH Wild Bill hands, RAH Spirit forearms, and Serpentor upper arms. His shoulder joints were co-opted from a movie Stormshadow to combat paint rub. The torso is from an Indiana Jones figure, but it was one of the funky ones with a lame whipping "action feature," so the inside of the torso was all gummed up with the mechanism that provided the aforementioned action feature. It took some heavy modding to bring the torso back from the abyss so that it would be compatible with the Serpentor arms. Also the Indy waist was spliced and fused onto the Destro crotch so that he maintains waist articulation, which also required extra work due to navigating around the whipping mechanism feature. Thank you Jin Saotome for the tutorial on how to fuse Joes and Raiders. Finally, the tattered sleeves were cut off of a Lizard figure's soft rubber lab coat. They work quite well and do not hamper the arm articulation at all.
Whew! Thanks for checking it out, hope you dig the Doc!

User Comments
claytonemery - Monday, January 9, 2012
Oh, boy. The mummy from the sacrophagus and the bat-guy could be official Doc Savage covers brought to life. Terrific work!
j-x - Sunday, January 8, 2012
Youve done this old school character justice- really neat custom
hussapocalypse - Sunday, January 8, 2012
Domo Arigato amigo! I really dig that Dr. Loomis custom that you recently posted, as I am a big Loomis fan. Kudos!
CAb00se - Saturday, January 7, 2012
great fig, great pics!
hussapocalypse - Sunday, January 8, 2012
Thanks Caboose! Keep up the great work fren!
fitzjedi - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Very cool! -Fitz
hussapocalypse - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Hey Fitz! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment bro!
NeCrollector - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Cool custom, dude.
Has a nice 'vintage' feel to it.
hussapocalypse - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Domo Arigato fren! Yeah, I don't think you can get much more vintage than Doc Savage before you would have to leave pop culture altogether and head straight into folk-lore lol!
Monkeyman411 - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Fantastic...captured his look perfectly
hussapocalypse - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Thanks Oz I appreciate the support brother!
kngfu - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Really cool version of the character. I know where to look when I try and do my own.
hussapocalypse - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Cool man, I'm looking forward to checking out some of your work when you debut! Good luck mate and thanks for commenting!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Saturday, January 7, 2012
that is so totally awesome the info is great and is really a basis for where new comics are, also can see where many characters came from with his history. fig is amazing and the pics/scenes are top notch. keep it up.
hussapocalypse - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Mahalo my friend! You are an incredibly supportive personality here on The Realm and I want you to know your efforts do not go unnoticed - I for one sincerely appreciate it, and I'm sure others do as well. Cheers bro.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Sunday, January 8, 2012
thanks bud, that truly means a lot to me. love the realm and love showing respect/admiration to other fellow artists and hope everyone appreciates mine and others comments/support. thanks again, truly humbling and honored to hear such things.
ringomendoza - Saturday, January 7, 2012
incredible details in this scale, which I donĀ“t like since ML came out, but in your hands, they really get another life! well done!!
hussapocalypse - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Gracias Ringo! I will be anxiously anticipating the next ML scale custom that makes its way to The Realm from your workbench!
customapprentice - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Wow! Really cool Doc Savage! Excellent paints!
hussapocalypse - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Gracias mi amigo, I will be keeping an eye out for your work as that Batman Beyond custom has stoked my curiosity - good stuff bro!
3bcustoms - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Incredible work brotha Huss, love seeing your work in this scale keep it up man.
hussapocalypse - Saturday, January 7, 2012
Thanks bro! I think I'm gonna move on to another scale for a few customs - I know I can count on you to hold down the 4 inch fort in the meantime though lol! Looking forward to seeing what characters you will add to your mini DCU army next!
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