Doc Dare: One part Bernice “Bernie” Reinstein, alias “Joanna Dare,” and another part, Patricia Clarke Wildman

The identity of the adventuress known as “Doc Dare,” is, in fact, made up of two unique women:

Dr. Bernice “Bernie” Reinstein, later renamed “Dr. Joanna Dare” by the U.S. government. Bernice was tasked by the U.S. Army to head up Project Gladiator, to replicate the chemical serum used by the late biologist/chemist, Dr. Abednego Danner, to turn his then unborn son, Hugo Danner, into a “superman.”

Bernice was the daughter of Dr. Josef Reinstein, the lead scientist of Project Rebirth, and the creator of the Super-Soldier Serum that later turned a scrawny man named Steven Grant Rogers into the first acknowledged Super-Soldier of World War II, Captain America (see Bernice appeared in the two-part Dark Horse comic miniseries “The Shadow and Doc Savage: The Case of the Shrieking Skeletons”. In the story, Bernice located and enlisted Dr. Clark Savage, Jr., also known as Doc Savage (or in the Wold Newton Universe, Dr. James Clarke Wildman, Jr., also known as Doc Wildman), to help find her father. I submit that soon after the conclusion of this adventure, Doc Savage helped Bernice and her father safely relocate to the United States.

However, and intentionally, the occupation and skill level of Bernice Reinstein was omitted from this story. Bernice was a trained biologist and chemist. Perhaps trained by her own father. The U.S. Army became aware of this fact, and having her father tasked with creating the Super-Soldier Serum, they “invited” Bernice to head up Project Gladiator. U.S. Army Intelligence had kept detailed records concerning a certain former U.S. Army officer who fought in World War I. He had originally fought in the war as a Legionaire of the French Foreign Legion. He made a name for himself as a sort of “super-soldier” during this war. The U.S. Army could find no records of his existence following his disappearance in the early 1920’s. His last known location was somewhere inside the Yucatan Peninsula.

While tasked with finding a serum to replicate the “Danner effect,” Bernice, inadvertently, created a tuning solution that unknowingly linked with a Time Distorter device that allowed time travelers to temporarily occupy the “biospace” of someone from the past. The first known case of the Time Distorter phenomenon is when award-winning author, Philip Jose Farmer, temporarily exchanged places with the real life analogue of the character known as Phileas Fogg, in the novel “The Other Log of Phileas Fogg,” that, ironically, was written by Farmer. Therefore, this unique chemical solution brings the final part of the superhuman known as “Doc Dare”: Patricia Clarke Lupin Wildman, the daughter of the true Man of Bronze, Doc Wildman (Savage).

Patricia’s life has been chronicled by Philip Jose Farmer and Win Scott Eckert in the erotic/gothic novel, “The Evil In Pemberley House.” The novel is tied to the family of Fitzwilliam Darcy, and his wife, Elizabeth Bennett, whose lives were chronicled in Jane Ausen’s classic novel, “Pride and Prejudice.” Long story short, in 1973, shortly after the apparent deaths of Patricia’s parents in a plane crash, and the murder of her first husband at her father’s mental rehabilitation center, Patricia is notified that she is in line to inherit the Pemberley House Estate in England, and the title of Baroness of Lambton. Upon surviving attempts on her life by bank robbers and devious members of the estate, Patricia inherits the estate and the title of Baroness.

Sometime, in her future, Patricia will be repeatedly, and temporarily, displaced from her life in the 1970’s, and taken to the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Surprisingly, this will only happen when Bernice has sexual intercourse.

However, the first travel to the past occurred six months after Bernice injested the chemical solution to survive death after the notorious Nazi spy, Agent D, and her henchmen, tied up, interrogated, and left Bernice for dead, as the building she was trapped in was rigged to explode.

It is my belief that the trigger for this temporal transference is the sexual fixation on one man: Doc Wildman (Savage).

I submit that Bernice was fixated on the man who saved her and her father, with the assistance of Kent Allard, also known as The Shadow. And I believe that, in time, Bernice realized the part her former fiance, Paul, played in the Shrieking Skeletons incident. Out of anger at her departed fiance, who did not survive the incident, and her own awe at Doc himself, her admiration for Doc became sexual in nature. Another particular woman of note suffered from a similar fixation. And because of that unique and disturbing link, the superhuman adventuress known as “Doc Dare” was born.

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2 Responses to Doc Dare: One part Bernice “Bernie” Reinstein, alias “Joanna Dare,” and another part, Patricia Clarke Wildman

  1. Hi Lucas,

    It was great to see you at PulpFest/FarmerCon this year! I and the other Farmerphiles appreciate your ongoing support and belief in Philip Jose Farmer’s and our work. Your article is not the direction in which I’ll be taking the Pat Wildman series, but it’s quite neat to see you engaging in Creative Mythography. 🙂

    Interested readers can get the second Pat Wildman book here: All copies are signed. It’s been favorably reviewed, and will likely sell out soon.

    Thanks again, and all the best,


    • garrettluc says:

      It was great seeing you at PulpFest/FarmerCon this year as well, Win.

      We all had a lot of fun. 🙂

      And thank you for your kind words.

      I figured that you wouldn’t go that direction. It’s still fun to speculate. 😉

      I am nearly finished with THE SCARLET JAGUAR. It’s a great read.

      Phil would be very proud. He found himself a great successor.

      Take care, buddy!

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