- Why be so coy? Let's call it what it really is—a defection.
- -- Crime Doctor src
- -- Crime Doctor src
A prosperous Gotham City physician, Dr. Bradford Thorne turned to crime for the thrills and adventure. Although he truly loved medicine, crime was like a narcotic which Thorne could not resist.
Establishing his "Crime Clinic" in a sub-basement beneath his home, Thorne offered Gotham's underworld a variety of services from hospitalization to criminal consultations – what he called "house calls" – for a cut of the profits. Though he was indeed a criminal, the Crime Doctor's motivation was not money, and almost all of his ill-gotten gains went to the charities of his choice.
- Surgical Clothing: The cap and mask protected the Crime Doctor's true identity; the smock was to prevent tell-tale stains and dust from soiling his clothes; and the rubber gloves prevented him from leaving fingerprints. The Crime Doctor also wore a physician's head-mounted reflector which, apart from its normal function of reflecting light, could also be used to dazzle an opponent.
- Injector Gun: Vapor-emitting gun capable of rendering others unconscious.
- Medical Equipment: That typically used by a doctor of medicine, carried in a black Gladstone bag as normally used by a physician on a house call.
- Ambulance: The Crime Doctor drove what appeared to be a normal everyday ambulance, but the vehicle was actually a fake which bore bogus Gotham General Hospital insignia and phony emergency vehicle license plates. The vehicle was also useful for making a fast getaway, as no police officer would stop an ambulance.
- The Crime Doctor never carried weapons and tolerated no killings, as he was heard to point out on his debut appearance in The Crime Clinic (Detective Comics #77, July, 1943): "I'm a doctor! A doctor saves life, doesn't take it!"
- The Crime Doctor would never kill, as he was heard to explain to the boss of a gang of warehouse looters he was consulting on one of his "house calls" during the events of The Crime Doctor Calls at Midnight! (Detective Comics #494, September, 1980): "The canon of medical ethics forbids a physician ever to take a human life!" At the same time, Thorne discovered that one of the security guards he had rendered unconscious with his injector gun had a weaker than normal heartbeat and dangerously high blood pressure, and left a prescription sheet on the guard's body advising the man to see his own physician first thing the next morning.
- The Crime Doctor's fee amounted to 25% of the profits for crimes he had planned from the very beginning, while that for "house calls" (crimes planned by others) was 50%.
- Even though Thorne was a criminal, the fact he was a doctor meant that his first duty was to save human life and during the events of Murder in Quicksilver (Detective Comics #495, October, 1980), while attempting to flee the country on a flight for Geneva, a disguised Thorne even went so far as to help an elderly woman who suffered a heart attack in the terminal of Gotham International Airport – even though he was fearful the police might spot him.
- 16 Appearances of Bradford Thorne (New Earth)
- 4 Images featuring Bradford Thorne (New Earth)
- 2 Quotations by or about Bradford Thorne (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Bradford Thorne (New Earth)
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