Philip Wylie Janny Wurts
- Title: Gladiator
- Author: Philip Wylie Janny Wurts
- ISBN: 9780803298408
- Page: 187
- Format: Paperback
What would you do if you were the strongest man in the world, the strongest thing in the world, mightier than the machine He made himself guess answers for that rhetorical inquiry I would run the universe single handed I would scorn the universe and turn it to my own ends I would be a criminal I would rip open banks and gut them I would kill and destroy I would What would you do if you were the strongest man in the world, the strongest thing in the world, mightier than the machine He made himself guess answers for that rhetorical inquiry I would run the universe single handed I would scorn the universe and turn it to my own ends I would be a criminal I would rip open banks and gut them I would kill and destroy I would be a secret, invisible blight I would set out to stamp crime off the earth Hugo Danner is the strongest man on earth, the result of a monstrous experiment by his scientist father Nearly invulnerable, he can run faster than a train, leap higher than trees, lift a wrecked vehicle to rescue its pinned driver, and hurl boulders like baseballs His remarkable abilities, however, cannot gain him what he desires most acceptance for Hugo Danner is desperately lonely, shunned and feared for his enormous strength An enduring classic in speculative fiction and the reported inspiration for the original comic hero, Superman, Gladiator is a melancholic tale of a boy set apart because of his unique gift and his lifelong struggle to come to terms with it.
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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, figh [...]
A friend of mine reviewed this saying it was progenitor of Superman & Doc Savage. Dan's review is here:/review/show/I found it for free on GutenbergThis 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.
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 more 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 [...]
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 m [...]
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 ac [...]
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 [...]
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 wh [...]
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 more 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 [...]
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 [...]
Definitely a product of it's time, but a fascinating story. You can really tell how this started the trend of super hero stories.
I bought this because it was cheap and is supposed to be one of the influences for Superman. Which you can see in the superstrong guy who at one point is described as a "being of steel" even. Though the origin is a lot different. Basically a mad scientist experiments on his pregnant wife. Ironically it's pretty much the origin used in Ang Lee's "Hulk."What happens after that is much different than the Man of Steel's comics, though in another irony it is a lot like 2013's "Man of Steel" in its pr [...]
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. I always advocate going back to sources firsthand - and I always advocate reading pulp adventure. Gladiator hasn't been revered through [...]
Gladiator: Before Kal-El, Clark Kent and SupermanTracing genealogy is never an easy task. The DNA of humans are hard enough to track, but doing the same excavation on characters becomes even more problematic.One fictional hero whose murky inspirations, while populated with the likes of Hercules and Mercury, does have a very stable definitive father figure. The son is Superman. The daddy would be Gladiator. Siegel and Shuster the midwives? Tortured metaphors are now my superpower.Gladiator is a q [...]
I finished reading Gladiator last Thursday before going on vacation. It’s a classic work of science fiction by the co-author of When World’s Collide (1933). This is the first novel that I read partly on my Nook and partly with a paper copy. I read the first half of from a free eBook I downloaded from ManyBooks and the other half from a paperback book published by Bison books. When I started into the paperback in took me a while to find my place and noticed that I had two different versions o [...]
"Gladiator" by Philip Wylie is thought to be the book from which Superman was derived. Hugo Danner is the strongest man on earth. His father, Professor Abednego Danner, attempts to duplicate the strength displayed by small insects. He tests a solution he creates on tadpoles, and a kitten, before finally drugging his pregnant wife, Matilda, and injecting it into her abdomen. The result is a bullet-proof, super strong, super fast baby boy. Aside from similarities in abilities between Hugo and Supe [...]
This was pretty stunning. I knew that Superman took some elements from Doc Savage but it stole even more liberally from this, however i also saw elements of Spider-Man and many other superhero stories, there's even a little Teen Wolf too.So its a superhero story, or rather THE superhero story, i can't stress how bizarre this is to read as being from 1930 its essentially inventing the superhero genre but its also a deconstruction of the superhero. It is at times light and even farcical but it has [...]
I really liked this book.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 girl, well this isnt it.It is a story which illuminates human nature.It is a story of a man, who was given a gift and the price he had to pay for it, for there is always a price to be paid for any kind of a gift.It is a natural order of things, you can newer get anything without giving something in return.Be a decent human being with real moral, [...]
Ever wondered where Superman came from?There's no way anybody will ever manage to convince me Siegel and Shuster never read this book and directly copy many of it's concepts.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 this is the book you have to read.
This is the precursor to Superman. Hugo Danner is strong, smart, and incredibly arrogant. He's also a self-interested bastard. I really liked this, and though I read it a couple of years ago I still think of it from time to time.I'm interested in any book that covers superheros and super-powered individuals through prose, and this is one of, if not the first.
If I could, I'd give it 3 1/2 stars lots of fun ideas. I was expecting a more rollicking adventure. This was a rather depressing exploration of what a superman would actually experience. Pretty good read.
-Rara avis, más en su tiempo, pero de interés en ciertos aspectos hoy.-Género. Ciencia ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. En el libro Gladiator, el superhombre (publicación original: Gladiator, 1930) conocemos a Hugo Danner, un superhombre que vive en un pequeño pueblo norteamericano a finales del siglo XIX. Su padre, tras experimentar con animales, decidió inyectar el suero en el que estaba trabajando en su esposa embarazada, por lo que el niño nace con una fuerza descomunal, es casi invulnerab [...]
white men and their fantasies are truly fucking wild.
This book is not particularly well written, but does contain some very interesting ideas reflecting some of the concerns of its time. It is the story of someone with incredible gifts unable to find his place in the world, much as many people in the world were struggling with the Great Depression and the rise of fascism. The notion that an all-powerful man could usher in a new age of accomplishment and enlightenment undoubtedly appealed to the downtrodden of the time. While there is no direct con [...]
Cualquier fan de Superman que se precie debería tener en su biblioteca particular un pequeño hueco entre los centenares de cómics para este libro, clave para la existencia del que hoy es seguramente el superhéroe (con permiso de Spiderman) más conocido del mundo.Lo primero que destaca cuando uno tiene la novela en las manos, aparte de una portada muy lograda y un tamaño sorprendentemente pequeño (esperaba una novela más extensa) es la cuidada edición de su interior, con páginas blancas [...]
The origin of the Superman character. Timeless anti-hero, dystopian superhero existence. This book pre-dates the modern comic book hero and places him in a more realistic experience.What would it really be like for a person with superhuman strength and speed?
Very interesting book. A thoughtful look at what a superhuman would be like in the real world. I thouroughly enjoyed it.
Better than I expected it to be. A bit short, but an interesting precursor to the modern day super hero.
This book is the predecessor of Superman, Spiderman and the Hulk- very interesting!
Full Review"I mean, wow. There's an anticlimax for you."
Good book, the ending came abruptly as if he had a page quota to fill and then ended asap.
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