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First Published In , Gladiator Is The Tale Of Hugo Danner, A Man Endowed From Birth With Extraodinary Strength And Speed But Danner Is No Altruist He Spends His Life Trying To Cope With His Abilities, Becoming A Sports Hero In College, Later A Sideshow Act, A War Hero, Never Truly Finding Peace With Himself The Character Of Danner Inspired Both Superman S Creators, And Lester Dent S Doc Savage But Wylie, An Editor With The New Yorker, Sought To Develop Than A Pulp Hero His Gladiator Provides Surprising Insights Into The Difficulties Suffered By The Truly Gifted When Born In Our Midst

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  1. says:

    I picked up Gladiator because I heard it was an inspiration for Doc Savage and Superman That is an understandment Gladiator is the story of Hugo Danner Hugo is the son of a scientist who injected him with a serum when he was still in the womb, giving him unbelievable strength For example, Hugo kills a bully at school with his superhuman strength, branding him an outsider for the rest of his life.Over the course of the book, Hugo goes from relationship to relationship, works in a circus, fights in a war, all the while looking for a place to belong Hugo being an outsider reminded me a lot of the way The Hulk and the X Men are treated In fact, Hugo s story seems like the template for a lot of later superhero characters.I d recommend this to any comic book or Doc Savage fan interested in looking at the ancestor of their heroes.

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    A friend of mine reviewed this saying it was progenitor of Superman Doc Savage Dan s review is here found it for free on Gutenberg.orgThis is a story of angst, a coming of age story An experiment, Hugo Danner is as strong as the Hulk quite intelligent with only his conscience as a guide As Dan mentions in his review, I can see the early seeds of almost every super hero in this book It s the mother of them all A must read.

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    In which all the new fangled emotional and psychological complexity claimed for modern superhero movies is found to have been there from the start When you were little than a mass of plasm inside your mother, I put a medicine in her blood that I had discovered I did it with a hypodermic needle That medicine changed you It altered the structure of your bones and muscles and nerves and your blood It made you into a different tissue from the weak fibre of ordinary people Then when you were born you were strong Did you ever watch an ant carry many times its weight Or see a grasshopper jump fifty times its length The insects have better muscles and nerves than we have And I improved your body till it was relatively that strong Can you understand that Sure I m like a man made out of iron instead of meat That s it, Hugo And, as you grow up, you ve got to remember that You re not an ordinary human being When people find that out, they ll they ll They ll hate me Because they fear you So you see, you ve got to be good and kind and considerate to justify all that strength Some day you ll find a use for it a big, noble use and then you can make it work and be proud of it Until that day, you have to be humble like all the rest of us You mustn t show off or do cheap tricks Then you d just be a clown Wait your time, son, and you ll be glad of it And another thing train your temper You must never lose it You can see what would happen if you did Understand I guess I do It s hard work doin all that The stronger, the greater, you are, the harder life is for you And you re the strongest of them all, Hugo The heart of the ten year old boy burned and vibrated And what about God he asked.Danner looked into the darkened sky I don t know much about Him, he sighed This was one of those pleasant surprises that happen all too rarely in my reading life I expected pulp, I expected a proto superman, a science fiction adventure with little else Instead I found a complex and moving exploration of humanity, of war, of failure, of the hatred and fear of the strange, of youth and desire There are, in the lives of almost every man and woman, certain brief episodes that, enduring for a long or a short time, leave in the memory a sense of completeness To those moments humanity returns for refuge, for courage, and for solace It was of such material that Hugo s next two months were composed The items of it were nearly all sensuous the sound of the sea when he sat in the sand late at night with Charlotte the whoop and bellow of the merry go round that spun and glittered across the street from his tent the inarticulate breathing and the white knuckled clenchings of the crowd as it lifted its face to his efforts, for each of which he assumed a slow, painful motion that exaggerated its difficulty the smell of the sea, intermingled with a thousand man made odors the faint, pervasive scent of Charlotte that clung to him, his clothes, his house the pageant of the people, always in a huge parade, going nowhere, celebrating nothing but the functions of living, loud, garish, cheap, splendid breakfasts at his table with his woman s voluptuousness abated in the bright sunlight to little than a reminiscence and a promise the taste of beer and pop corn and frankfurters and lobster and steak the affable, talkative company of Valentine Mitchel The writing, in particular during the lengthy sequence set in WW1, is of unexpectedly high quality Winter Mud A light fall of snow that was split into festers by the guns before it could anneal the ancient sores Hugo shivered and stared into no man s land, whence a groan had issued for twenty hours, audible occasionally over the tumult of the artillery He saw German eyes turned mutely on the same heap of rags that moved pitifully over the snow, leaving a red wake, dragging a bloody thing behind It rose and fell, moving parallel to the two trenches Many machine gun bullets had either missed it or increased its crimson torment Hugo went out and killed the heap of rags, with a revolver that cracked until the groans stopped in a low moan Breaths on both sides were bated The rags had been gray green A shout of low, rumbling praise came from the silent enemy trenches Hugo looked over there for a moment and smiled He looked down at the thing and vomited The guns began again This is well worth your time, and can be found for free here

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    What a find This book, written in 1930, is the mother of the superhero genre It s also far than the pulp adventure it may appear, with a well thought out and prescient plot that sees the protagonist struggling to come to terms with his superpowers Raced through it and thoroughly enjoyed it A definite keeper.PS This is a Blackmask Online reprint edition, and the editing transcription is woeful in places But hey, so what

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    I first heard of Gladiator when it was mentioned as the inspiration to Superman I wouldn t say that the two have all that much in common, but its clear to see to what degrees it influenced the basic elements of Superman Gladiator is not very long and reads rather fast The language is old, but doesn t bother when you read at all It follows the life oh Hugo Danner, which has amazing powers The story revolves around him trying to fit in with different people and circumstances just wanting acceptance and love from his fellow man His great gift is of a curse as he struggles to find a use for this power within him It s not a typical superhero story at all It s about society and it s fear of anything that s different than it is of a swashbuckling hero and a damsel in distress I enjoyed it, thought it was a great science fiction story for its time, which hasn t lost its relevance in our world today.P.S On a totally different note, I truly believe that in the right hands this could make awesome movie

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    I read the free edition available online at Project Gutenberg I chose this edition because it s the original hardcover and has the coolest cover art.Even allowing for the fact this book is 85 years old, it s not especially well written That said, the ideas it contains are fairly electric, and one can see how it inspired teenagers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster to create Superman Mostly because they lifted parts of it wholesale for their creation I don t blame though, since as teenagers we mostly just regurgitate what we ve seen before It s not their fault Superman became an instant hit.Of particular interest to me beyond the book s pulp nature is the look at everyday life back then 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 In my own lifetime I ve seen slang come and go That s really gear and That s totally nails and Word to your mother , so it s equally quaint and interesting to read how folks in the 1920s spoke I ll have a poke at you, bo Attitudes have also changed There is a casual sexism towards women that really stands out nearly a century later, but it s not intentionally cruel Wylie also shows that the lower caste is casually racist as they use phrases like, That s sure white of you The first time I heard a similar phrase, That s mighty white of you, was from Burgess Meredith in some old movie and I did a double take For all that, the book is actually quite progressive Hugo Danner s father is a meek but brilliant biologist who is brow beaten by his wife Nonetheless they manage to enjoy an evening of procreation, and he can t resist the temptation to see if his experiments to vastly improve a creature s cells will work on his unborn child He fears that he will have a daughter as petty as his wife and is relieved when he has a son Once his son demonstrates his remarkable strength as a toddler, Danner researches his wife s ancestors to ensure she wasn t tainted with Indian blood Hugo himself later states that he s Scotch Presbyterian for 20 generations After that, though, the pettiness of racism and sexism seems to fall away as Hugo matures and sees the world He goes to college, he gets a summer job as a circus strongman, he becomes a merchant marine, he joins the French Foreign Legion and fights in the Great War, he works as a farmhand, always careful to hide the true extant of his abilities unless there s no other choice in fact, a lot of it feels much like the plot of the recent Superman movie, Man of Steel.Hugo s various adventures lead him to the conclusion that most people are pathetic, no matter their origin or station in life He investigates various belief systems in turn, capitalism, communism, libertarianism, even eugenics, and rejects them all He struggles with his innate anger at injustice and tries to master his feeling of disdain for weaker mortals He attempts to atone for his failings, including accidental homicide, but finds it impossible to measure up to the standards he slowly formulates over the course of the novel.In the hands of a better writer, this would be genuinely powerful stuff, but even here you can feel the electricity of these ideas.The ending is a trope we ve seen a thousand times since, but this is the earliest I ve encountered it in so stark a form It has an archetypal, iconic image to it that every superhero comic book has emulated in one form or another ever since, whether those writers have read this book or not.This is one of those source novels that I recommend people read, just to see the wellspring for so much of our current fiction The ideas are better than the writing, but it is interesting nonetheless.

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    If Superman introduced modern day superheroes in comic books, then the protagonist of this book, Hugo Danner, would be considered the progenitor of the concepts Born as a result of his father s experiments in muscular strength and the nervous discharge of energy, Hugo is capable of feats that are beyond that of the majority of mortal men, such as running with abnormal speed, lifting massive boulders, setting bear traps with his teeth, killing sharks with his bare hands, and ripping open a two ton steel door of a bank vault But those very gifts have made Hugo isolated an outcast and a black sheep in the eyes of society, the story s primary antagonist 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 Despite all this, Hugo continued until his untimely death his strive to rise above the constrictions of established society and to be accepted for his unique gifts, which is the overall theme of the story.In all honesty, Hugo Danner is one of the most relatable characters to me I too have unique abilities, mainly in academics and writing so far , but I have yet to acquire a high paying job that would make use of my said abilities But those abilities have not helped me go out with people Most young people would move from their families to live on their own after graduating from hight school yet it has been about six years since I have graduated from high school and I still live with my parents with little to no means of living in my own house or apartment What s , my abilities are useless in my part time job as a bagger at a local supermarket As a result, I have a tendency to feel useless and empty inside, like Hugo Danner did In spite of all this, I do not intend to stop until I gain a position of acceptance in society where I would put my abilities to the best use and thus achieve an independent and blissful life If you are curious about social psychological questions raised about society s acceptance and rejection of individuals, then this is the book for you Those who are curious about the book that played a role in the creation of Superman should check it out, too.

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    Speculative fiction by Philip Wylie It was published in 1930 Alfred A Knopf Many people point to this novel as the origins for many pulp and comic book superheroes The story is about a young man, Hugo Danner, whose father, while Hugo was still in the womb injected him with a serum that turned Hugo into a superior man Captain America He grows up to be stronger, faster, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound he s bullet proof Superman.The story is about Hugo s search to find out where he fits in the world He goes to college where he uses his speed and strength to become a football star until he accidentally kills another young man by stiff arming him He tries his hand at boxing and as a professional strong man During WWI he joins the French Foreign Legion and becomes a war hero At home a recession sends him to work in a steel mill until he gets fired by the union for working too hard He even tries his hand at influencing politics in Washington, D.C using his strength to scare politicians into doing the right thing, but like all idealists, politics finally disillusions him.Hugo never seems to find himself, and feels he s cursed to live apart from humanity, who fear and hate him for his unusual abilities 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.Although dated by the writing style and by social values of it s day, the book is still a fast read and surprisingly thoughtful.

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    No, it wouldn t get four stars were it not for it s having been written almost eighty years ago and how well it has stood the test of time Like many modern super heroes Hugo Danner s superhuman strength and durability was the result of a scientific experiment an intentional one in his case Gladiator then explores the practical and moral issues Hugo deals with during his thirty years of life from circa 1890 to 1920 Wylie grounds his hero in contemporary society and history, but focuses on the collision between a man like Hugo with normal people.The angst which superheroes have only recently discovered was Danner s from the beginning And ultimately, like many who have sought their own answers, he finds none, and is man enough to know it.A very good read Better written than many books by Wylie s famous contemporaries.

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    This is a great book, way ahead of its time It is a lot deeper than people may think from the storyline My dad recomended this book to me when I was a teenager He had read it in High School in the 50 s I in turn recomended it to my friends who all loved it It covers a lot historically of the early 20th century War, college football, steel mills, Coney Islands Mayan Excavations Many of the topic s that it covers are pertenant today, such as bullying I have read a lot of books and this is one of the best.