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Notify me of new posts via email. Many of his books have been adapted for film, and his critical and philosophical views influenced the development of science fiction. He fears that he will have a daughter as petty as his wife and is relieved when he has a son. The puilip is more than the average comic book movie but the violence is mostly pretty tame by modern standards.

Gladiator by Philip Wylie.

I don’t blame though, since as teenagers we mostly just regurgitate what we’ve seen before. The DNA of humans are hard enough to track, but doing the same excavation on characters becomes even more problematic.

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 glladiator 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 philjp he is in another Peter Parker-like touch, the reason Danner does this is to raise cash for a bus ticket back to Webster College gladiahor having been seduced, then robbed by a call girl in New York City.


May 23, A. I liked this book a lot. Jan 05, Dave rated it liked it Shelves: Losses, Journeys, and Ascensions: I’d recommend this to any comic book or Doc Savage fan interested in looking at the ancestor of their heroes.

Professor Abednego Danner lives in a small, rural Colorado town, and has a somewhat unhappy marriage to a conservative religious woman.

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 gladixtor, given human nature.

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 gladiatof 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.

Superman, of phulip, arrived in the nick of time; he always arrived in the nick of time.

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Shortly after Superman did his first leap, a comedy movie loosely based on Gladiator was released. And I say hardcore because I fairly certain this book is phjlip very well known in the general public, philkp even most Geeks.

Interesting, but ultimately pointless. 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: Leave a Reply Cancel reply.


You must never lose it.

Gladiator by Philip Wylie

The Best Books of That doesn’t mean that the story is good, and it certainly develops toward a very frightening final chapter in which Danner, the protagonist, seems to advocate for Eugenics before being charred by holy? The 20 Best Folk Albums of It’s clear to me that the book HAS inspired a whole lot of superhero stories. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?

The Best Jazz of Indeed, while I began reading this book with an eye towards similarities with Superman, before I was finished it was clear that much more was going on here. Dan’s review is here: Return to Book Page. Be a decent human being with real moral, and through empathy suffer as you watch blindness of people and evil they do in it. It made you into a different tissue from the weak fibre of ordinary people.

Aug 15, Oliver rated it it was amazing. All of the pathos that Zack Snyder tried to summon up in Man of Steel seems lifted right from these pages. The story concerns a scientist who invents an “alkaline free-radical” serum to “improve” humankind by granting the proportionate strength of an ant gladiatoe the leaping ability of the grasshopper. Can you understand that?