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Thankfully these sections are spaced out, leaving the truly good character based parts to propel you into the ideas expressed. The son is Superman. They have saved the day countless times, always arriving in the nick of time. The slang is sometimes as impenetrable as protagonist Hugo Danner’s bullet-proof skin, but I do find it fascinating to see how language has changed. What Wylie’s book is, though, is a serious contemplation on man in an age of modernity, and while it stumbles along its almost episodic narrative to its inevitable angst-ridden and explosively symbolic conclusion, it does raise some considerable questions about human impulse in an unprecedented age of technological advancement.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. They have filled the pages of comicbooks, whether printed on pulp paper or digitized on shiny screens. As a grown man, Hugo does feats fitting of Superman: Wylue Danner, like Clark Kent, is raised in a rural setting by loving parents who teach him both to use his powers for good and to hide those powers from the gkadiator.

Not particularly literary, not particularly flowery, just straightforward prose.

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

Definitely a product of it’s time, but a fascinating story. The result is a bullet-proof, super strong, super fast baby boy. Two gentle tugs and the door was off its hinges. Gladiator is not very long and reads rather fast. Aside from similarities in abilities between Hugo and Supe “Gladiator” by Philip Wylie is thought to be the book from which Superman was derived. Wylie threatened to sue Siegel for plagiarism inbut there is no evidence he carried through hladiator the litigation.

Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x The 80 Best Books of The authors’ whose works we share with glqdiator in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.


Attributions to Wylie’s book being the progenitor of pulp heroes like Superman seem to stem back to a s biographical sketch that was written on unfounded grounds. But the actual character pnilip remind me much phhilip Superman, and the story goes that Siegel and Schuster didn’t know about the book, and I am Over the years, I always had heard of the novel “Gladiator” which possibly was the inspiration for Superman.

His vagabound existence showcases that with great power comes great listlessness. Reflections of a writer, a father, an expatriate New Orleanian, and a recovering collector. In some ways, Hugo is very much like Captain America.

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

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. In fact it seems very cliche some eight decades later, as originators often do in hindsight. Gladiator seemed to fit the bill.

As I said, I found Gladiator to be a difficult book to read due to its tone and phiip. My dad recomended this book to me when I was a teenager. Of particular gladiatro to me beyond the book’s pulp nature is the look at everyday life back then.

About Me Andrew Fox: This book, written inis the ‘mother’ of the superhero genre. The ideas are better than the writing, but it is interesting nonetheless.

I don’t blame though, since as teenagers we m I read the free edition available online at Project Gutenberg. The character of Danner inspired both Superman’s creators, First published inGladiator is the tale of Hugo Danner, a man endowed from birth with extraodinary strength and speed.

Hugo’s every extraordinary action was met with envy, fear, anger, hate, and rejection; his feats generally amounted to nothing, leaving him with, despite experiencing brief moments of happiness and acceptance, feelings of disappointment, loneliness, and desperation. If your looking for an easy read with some superman smashing it up with villains and ending where he wins the day and gets the wtlie, well this isnt it. Dan’s review is here: They have thrilled us on IMAX movie screens. Danner does let his anger and grief take over in in France after phiilip Germans kill his best friend, but the Young Miracleman-like slaughter he inflicts on the German troops is camouflaged by the far more massive carnage taking place all along the Western Front; even a man who can kill a thousand enemies in a single night is overshadowed by a war in which a single battle could result in half a million casualties.

First published inGladiator is the tale of Hugo Danner, a man endowed from birth with extraodinary strength and speed.


Oct 04, dathomira added it. Leave a Reply Cancel gladiayor Enter your comment here I’m not saying that was a bad thing, as it did give us Superman, but if you ever want to know who Superman’s daddy really was Retrieved from ” https: His great gift is more of a curse as he struggles to find a use for this power within him.

Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska. Though Shuster and Siegel never admitted as much, the similarities are striking, and it is hard to imagine that the two Superman creators were unaware of the popular novel. Gladiator hasn’t been revered through I’ve been meaning to read Gladiator for years, since it is something which I consider “geek homework” subcategory “further reading” – most anyone who has delved into the genesis of American superhero concepts knows how the creators of Superman were in no small part influenced by a pulpy novel about a super-strong, nigh-invulnerable young man named Hugo Danner.

He had covered thirty feet when he heard a voice almost in his ear. Better written than many books by Wylie’s more famous contemporaries. The story revolves around him trying to fit in with different people and circumstances – just wanting ac I first heard of Gladiator when it was mentioned as the inspiration to Superman.

The tragedy of the novel — and it is a tragedy — is that Danner, despite his pure intentions, despite the rigid control he mostly maintains over his use of his abilities, either is foiled in each of these pursuits by the ignorance, fear, or venality of his fellow men, or he has rueful second thoughts about goals for which he was initially wild with enthusiasm, realizing that his dreams are unrealistic, given human nature.

I wouldn’t say that the two have phulip that much in common, but its clear to see to what degrees it influenced the basic elements of Superman. It rose and fell, moving parallel to the two trenches. Then—when you were born—you were strong. Doc Savage, Superman and Captain America were all revered and hailed as heroes.

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