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Gladiator by Philip Wylie

He caught hold of the two handles, fidgeted with his elbows, drew a deep breath, and pulled. Comics Secret Origin of the Superhero: Feb 21, Paul Riches rated it liked it.

Shortly after Superman did his first leap, a comedy movie loosely based on Gladiator was released. Professor Abednego Danner lives in a small, rural Colorado town, and has a somewhat unhappy marriage to a conservative religious woman. Discovering his powers, Hugo confides in his father in the way that young Clark would confide in Pa Kent: The wise archeologist sympathizes with Danner and suggests some courses of action for him to take. Refresh and try again. There was a resonant, metallic sound.

Most of his major writings contain critical, though often philosophical, views on man and society as a result of his studies and interest in psychology, biology, ethnology, and physics. Alone, Hugo rips open the vault door, freeing the man. These negative reactions to his powers continue after the end of the war, showing that many people fear great power more than they value great responsibility, a likely real-life reaction. The story concerns a scientist who invents an “alkaline free-radical” serum to “improve” humankind by granting the proportionate strength of an ant and the leaping ability of the grasshopper.


But Danner is no altruist.

Luke Cage, Hero for Hire. You get the definitive idea that Wylie really wants discussions to happen now for something that seems not to far off in the future. It’s not a typical superhero story at all! I really liked this book.

Secret Origin of the Superhero: On Philip Wylie’s ‘Gladiator’

He spends time as a Sports hero in college, a strongman in a sideshow on Coney Island, a war hero, and many others. All with the mission of fitting in, helping others, and making Earth a better world. Wylie’s book has long been reported as the inspiration for Superman, but as Gregory Feeley dutifully notes, this attribution stands on nothing but a thematic pretense: The one hindrance to this becoming a serious text is the writing style of Wylie.

He removed his coat and vest. Instead, his struggles to find a place in society that will accommodate his extraordinary skills lead to a checkered career as a boardwalk strongman, Foreign Legionnaire, politician, and archeologist. Gladiato is one of those source novels that I recommend people read, just to see the wellspring for so much of our current fiction.

And some of these situations makes you feel true sorrow for Hugo, other times the ending of these phases lay squarely on his own powerful shoulders. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Iron Munroe is the son of Hugo Danner, who had faked his death and later returned to Colorado wylid became a parent.

Email required Address never made public. Doc Savage, Superman and Captain America were all revered and hailed as heroes. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Preview — Gladiator by Philip Wylie. Many more adventures follow, with our hero hopscotching from place glafiator place, job to job, girl to girl, you get the idea.

However, according to Gregory Feeleywho has looked into all the relevant sources, Gladiator may not have had anything to do with the inspiration for Superman. Gladiator ends the same way, with Hugo Danner on a mountaintop in Mexico, remonstrating with God. If you are curious about social psychological questions raised about society’s acceptance and rejection of individuals, then this is the book for you.


Jackie Chan’s 10 Best Films. The 60 Best Songs of playlist Mixed Media. It is like discovering the lost Gospel of Q. Where many of the first, like Superman, were moral, upstanding individuals striving to do good in the world, many modern heroes are flawed, struggling with a sense of purpose and with their own sense of right and wrong.

The famous scene from Amazing Fantasy 15 and the first Spider-Man movie of Peter Parker, under an assumed identity, entering a ring with a professional wrestler in order to win a cash prize was foreshadowed decades earlier by an almost identical scene in Gladiatorwherein Hugo Danner uses a false name to win a hundred dollars by knocking out a professional boxer a foot taller and eighty pounds heavier than he is in another Peter Parker-like touch, the reason Danner does this is to glxdiator cash philiip a bus ticket back to Webster College after having been seduced, then robbed by a call girl in New York City.

Wylie described the genesis of Hugo Danner in the introduction to a Book League Monthly edition of the novel:. If you have ever wondered what a superhero novel written by Ernest Hemingway would have been like, then Gladiator is your answer. To me, a far more interesting question than whether or not Jerry Siegel or Joe Shuster read Gladiator in the s is if Stan Lee read Gladiator in the early s.

Young Hugo must be careful when he uses his powers to confront school bullies, in much the way Peter Parker had to manage his conflicts with Flash Thompson. Jan 05, Dave phjlip it liked it Shelves:

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