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out written by David Walker.

Byron Brewer caught up with the writer to talk abou


t the special and the Woman of Bronze.
BYRON BREWER: Doc Savage is all over the place these days, David. Tell us a litt
le about how this special came about.
David Walker: When Dynamite first acquired the rights to Doc Savage, I asked th
em if they had any plans for Pat Savage. They told me that Pat was going play a
significant role in Chris Robersons run, but they hoped to do more with her in th
e future. I asked that they keep me in mind. Clearly, they kept me in mind.
BB: As I understand it, Pat Savage, Docs cousin, is the star here. How did Pat ge
t the spotlight?
David Walker: Pat got the spotlight because she deserves the spotlight. She was
first introduced in 1934that makes her older than Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergi
rl, or just about any other female hero. But with only a few exceptions, Pat has
never had the spotlight. Ive wanted to see a really fun solo adventure for Pat S
avage since I was a kid.
BB: Doc has been working in all time periods. Where are we in time with Pat?
David Walker: This story is set in the 1930s. I wanted Pat to be fairly young,
and still in a place where Doc doesnt take her very seriously. Chris Roberson did
a great job of making Pat a much more viable and active member of the team. He
did what I wouldve done, had I been writing a Doc Savage story. But since this is
a Pat story, I decided to set it at a time when her role wasnt clearly defined.
I also like the fact that during this time period, women were expected to be eit
her the damsel in distress, the love interest, or the femme fatale, and Pat is n
one of these.
BB: Tell us a little about your perceptions of Pat as a character. She has been
around quite awhile.
David Walker: I fell in love with Pat Savage when I was about 10-years-old, rig
ht when I started reading Doc Savage books. She seemed like the coolest characte
r ever, and I actually started writing and drawing my own Pat Savage comic. Some
where, I still have a picture I drew of her. When I got older, and reread some o
f those adventures, I realized that Pat was never fully utilized as well as she
couldve been. Those stories were written in the 1930s and 40s, and with only one
or two exceptions, Pat never really got to prove herself. She would be present,
but somewhat marginalized. She wasnt the superhero I had remembered her being whe
n I was a kid. I wanted the opportunity to have her become a bit more of a badas
s.
BB: Will we see Doc and the boys in this special at all?
David Walker: Doc makes a brief appearance, but I made a conscious decision not
to have him be an active part of the action. A huge part of the story is Pat pr
oving that shes capable of doing anything Doc or the Fantastic Five can do, but t
heres no way she could do that with them present. Instead, I introduced two sidek
icks for Pat to haveand I think these two, who happen to be cousins as well, will
say something special about Pat and the company she keeps.
BB: Can you give us any inkling of the big bad here?
David Walker: Like I said, this story takes place in the 1930s. The bad guys ar
e Japanese spies, who have a small army of ninjas at their disposal. Seriously.
Because of the era, I wrestled with having her go up against Nazis, and in an ea
rly draft of the story, the villains were very much sinister Nazis right out of R
aiders of the Lost Ark. I wanted to try something different, and at that time in
history, Japan had invaded China and Hong Kong, which gave me an excuse to bring
in ninjas.
BB: Why is artist Kewber Baal right for this book?
David Walker: First of all, Kewber does great action sequences. Theres also a mo
ody intensity to his non-action sequences. That combination plays well to the st
ory, because it is a combination of action, as well as being a very emotional jo
urney for Pat. It was really important for me that we have an artist that didnt d
raw Pat like a sex object. She needs to be a badass. Everything Ive seen of Kewbe
rs other work tells me hes the right person for the job.
BB: More and more these days, we are seeing strong females becoming leads in com
ics. Would you write a Pat Savage comic should the opportunity present itself?
David Walker: Is that a trick question? Of course I would. I introduced two sup
porting characters, just in case Dynamite ever asked me to do another Pat Savage
story. Id like to give her a team of her own, which would be very different from
Docs team. But also Id like to give readers a positive female hero to inspire the
m. I think it is important for all readers to see strong representations of wome
n. I also think the comic industry as a whole needs to recognize that there are
a lot of girls and women who read comics, and then cater to that market, without
pandering. Not every girl wants to be a princess or have a pet ponysome want to
go on adventures, blow things up, and kick a bunch of butt.