Let’s face it; there is a crap-ton of famous doctors in popular culture. Doctor Strange, Dr. Strangelove, Doctor Who (x12 and counting), Doctor Moreau, Doctor Fate, Dr. Jekyll, Doctor Dolittle, Doc Brown, Dr. Evil, Dr. Zaius, Doc Ock, Dr. McCoy … Whew … and that’s just off the top of my head!
But of all the famous (and infamous) doctors who have permeated our pop culture consciousness, it’s Dr. Clark Savage Jr. who has been the most influential. You might know him better as Doc Savage.
“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.”
– the Doc Savage oath.
Since 1933, the pulp hero Doc Savage and his team of professionals (known as the “Fabulous Five”) has held sway on everyone from Superman to the Fantastic Four; and in our world of power-hungry politicians, corrupt businessmen, terrorism and all other manner of nasty news – just when we need a true-blue (or bronze, rather) hero most – the Doctor is returning to Arizona for Doc Con XIX.
Doc Con 2016 takes place this Friday through Sunday (Nov. 4-6) at the Comfort Suites Hotel [MAP] in Glendale, Arizona. This year’s gathering of pulp fans will showcase special guests Will Murray, the most recent author of new Doc Savage (and Tarzan) tales, and fantasy artist Joe DeVito, who is known for his work on both Doc Savage and King Kong.
The Doc Con schedule also features Skype interviews with renowned Doc Savage cover artists James Bama and Bob Larkin as well as multiple pulp-themed vendors, including Sanctum Books‘ Anthony Tollin, a pulp historian who will also participate as a guest speaker.
Doc Con has been hosted here in Arizona since 1998, and continues to grow each year as the pulp magazine genre garners new fans who recognize the awesomeness of these classic stories and heroes, and their important and ever-growing influence on our culture.