In 1930, Philip Wylie would write a novel that would change speculative fiction forever.
“Gladiator” chronicles the life of Hugo Danner, a man trying to find his place in a world that would never understand or accept his secret. In the pages of Wylie’s unassuming novel lies the roots of Superman, Captain Marvel and every other superhuman to walk the Earth.
Hugo’s father, Professor Abednego Danner, was a man obsessed with genetics, always experimenting with alkaline free-radical serums in the hopes of unlocking mankind’s utmost potential. After two failed tests, Danner decided he had no choice but to experiment on his unborn child. After secretly dosing the fetus, unbeknownst to his wife, Danner soon came to grips with what he had unleashed.
At a young age, Hugo discovered he was different from other children. He could lift incredibly heavy objects, run faster than the quickest animals and leap great distances in a single bound. Confronting his father, Hugo uncovered his true origin and a life set apart from the ken of ordinary men began.
Be prepared to witness the horrors of war, the adventures of burly sailors and more trouble in the jungle than you’ve ever seen before!
Moonstone's "Return of the Originals"