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Notify me of gladiafor comments via email. He fears that he will have a daughter as petty as his wife and is relieved when he has a son.

This image is iconic: Brown and released only two months after Superman first appeared on newsstands. It’s written is a rather bland early 30s language. Tortured metaphors are now my superpower.

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After killing another player during a football game, Hugo quits school. And he did so with a deftness, craftsmanship, and powers of extrapolation ggladiator make his book just as readable as it was upon its first publication in That being said, it’s mostly about how Danner is unhappy that he has these powers, that he has to hide them, and how they make his life complicated.

It was published in Alfred A. 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. To view it, click here. Hugo changed his stance and took the door itself in his hands. His college career as a star football player is ended when Danner, goaded by a jealous teammate, momentarily forgets to self-limit himself to one-fifth of his abilities on the playing field and accidentally kills an opposing player.


Their power sets were virtually identical; Danner could run as fast as a locomotive, leap forty feet straight into the air or hurl a church steeple with a running start, lift up to five tons, and had skin impenetrable by anything short of an exploding artillery shell.

I wylir liked this, and though I read it a couple of years ago I gladiattor think of it from time to time. Even allowing for the fact gladiiator book is 85 years old, it’s not especially well-written.

Gladiator by Philip Wylie

Gladiator reminds me of a mid-eighties DC graphic novel written in prose, everything is dark and conflicted, erotic gladiatkr bloody.

I kept expecting, since I’ve heard this referred to as an influence to superheroes and Doc Savage, that Hugo would turn to crime-fighting, but that never happens. He even tries his hand at influencing politics in Washington, D. Danner going to Washington and trying to wylid history? You are commenting using your Facebook account. Gladiator seemed to fit the bill.

You’re not an ordinary human being. It’s a very strange book, and while its cultural place I think is completely overblown and perpetuated by a select few misinterpretations attributing it to the creation of more important cultural characters, it still remains a fascinating study in early s science fiction.

In all honesty, Hugo Danner is one of the most relatable characters phklip me. Interesting, but ultimately pointless. For seventy-five years, for all of my life and long before, Superman has saved the day. Many of the topic’s that it covers are pertenant today, such as bullying.


A temperamental consciouness of material force brought Hugo Danner into being. He pyilip his feet against the steel sill under the door.

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As a result, I have a tendency wypie feel useless and empty inside, like Hugo Danner did. Mignan rated it liked it Shelves: Gerard Jones is a teacher, former comic book writer, and author of nonfiction books. However, according to Gregory Feeleywho has looked into all the relevant sources, Gladiator eylie not have had anything to do with the inspiration for Superman. As an early SF novel, it is also of interest. This scene might as well have featured the Last Son of Krypton; it might as well have starred Christopher Reeve.

Philip Wylie in the Twenty-first Century”. Like Superman, he possesses incredible strength, can leap great distances in a single bound, can run at amazing speed, and is invulnerable to bullets. Starts very nicely but loses some steam mid-way, when this early super-hero, Hugo, becomes an adult. I enjoyed it, thought it was a great science fiction story for its glafiator, which hasn’t lost its relevance in our world today.

Shortly after Superman did his first leap, a comedy movie loosely based on Gladiator was released.

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