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YMMV: Doc Savage
  • Marty Stu: Doc has some characteristics of this, being a perfect physical specimen, incredibly brilliant, unbelievably badass and so on, and so forth. But he's hopelessly inept with women.
  • Fridge Logic: Didn't Adolf Hitler in disguise hit on you at the start of this adventure?
  • Older Than They Think: Doc's Arctic "Fortress Of Solitude". While it may appear to be a rip-off of Superman's, it is lifted, name and location included, from the very first Doc Savage story, published in 1933. Supes first got his retreat hang-out in 1938, it was located in a mountain cave outside of Metropolis, and it was called his "Secret Citadel". The Arctic version and the name "Fortress of Solitude" wasn't used in the Superman stories until 1958.
  • Values Dissonance: The "Crime College", where captured crooks are given brain surgery to wipe out criminal impulses and retrained into productive law-abiding citizens, leaves a bad taste in the mouths of many modern readers. Some later authors have even suggested that Doc was lobotomising the crooks.
    • A prime example of Science Marches On. At the time the books were written, it was commonly believed, including by psychologists and neurologists, that career criminals suffered from a treatable malformation of the brain.

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