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Live by the code

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 to no man.

Exercise every day!

Doc Savage's amazing faculties-his terrific strength and the acuteness of his five senses-are the result of intensive exercises from early youth. Each day, regardless of his surroundings, Doc Savage puts himself through a stiff two-hour routine. He tenses his muscles, making one play against the other, and in this way strengthens them.

To keep his sense of hearing at an acute pitch, Doc has an instrument capable of sending out sound waves far below and above the average hearing range. Yet Doc can distinguish these sounds.

A case holding many bottles of varied scents and odors keeps Doc's sense of smell at the keenest, allowing him to identify, in case of necessity, any smell.

All throughout the exercise period Doc juggles many figures in his head, working out abstract mathematical formulas, taking a number and extracting the square and cube roots, carrying the results to many decimals.

All these exercises help to make Doc Savage the superman he is.

Keep good friends around

"Adventure fighters" best describes Doc Savage and his five aids. For the wide world is their home and on it they rove from continent to continent and sea to sea, seeking adventure in the righting of wrongs the world over and helping all who are defenseless against those who prey on the weak.

Be a good leader

As leader, Doc Savage has been trained from the cradle to the great cause he is serving-and physically and mentally he is the great leader, for he has to be great to enable him to command the five men under him. Leaders in their respective fields of learning-engineering, chemistry, law, electricity and archaeology-geology-each of these men in knowledge is equaled or surpassed by Doc Savage alone.

Money makes the world go 'round

Bronze in coloring is Doc Savage-skin, hair and eyes-and thus he is known to friends and enemies alike as the "Bronze Man." And shading the color of bronze into gold gives one the understanding of Doc Savage's enormous fortune-for at his command lays an inexhaustible supply of the golden metal. Doc has but to ask and to him from a secret valley in Central America comes millions of dollars in the precious metal.

This gigantic fortune Doc puts to work in helping him to overcome the evils of the world, and gives him scientific equipment second to none. For Doc is not the type to fritter away his fortune on self-pleasures, but extends its influence to aid all mankind.

Help the helpless

Doc Savage never refuses the plea of one in trouble-if the can for aid is a legitimate one. And, if in his adventures he gains monetary rewards, it is only that he may help some needy charity or organization.

Know when to take a break

At times, during a lull in his strenuous life of adventure, Doc Savage, without any leave-taking from his companions, disappears for weeks and months at a time. But his men do not worry, for they realize Doc has gone to his "Fortress of Solitude," a hidden retreat somewhere in the arctic wastes.

It is here, away from the annoyances of civilization, that Doc performs his greatest research work. Alone, he gives complete concentration to the tasks before him. No one but Doc knows what the "Fortress of Solitude" looks like, or its definite location.

And Doc stays there until, at his own choice, experiments completed, he returns to civilization.

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Comment by Tome Wilson on November 28, 2009 at 10:45pm
I have about 20 more covers, but the database only allows 100 images per gallery, so I cut out the worst ones.
Comment by lord_k on November 28, 2009 at 5:03pm
Finally, I've seen the complete collection! There are some real gems. And the article is very helpful.

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