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Little Friends-Superman and Gladiator and Hyperion by rawlsy Little Friends-Superman and Gladiator and Hyperion by rawlsy
Originally, I was just going to have Supes and Gladiator, (Sentry was also an option, but I thought Gladiator had more in common), but then someone wonderfully pointed out this character named Hyperion! I had never heard of this character before, but I'm glad someone mentioned him! He's like that guy that shows up uninvited, but no one really knows who they are or why they're there.
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rawlsy Aug 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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I really like this, but I'm saddened you're not familiar with the characters.

Back when Marvel & DC were still hotblooded rivals, Roy Thomas and J. M. DeMatteis wanted to have an Avengers / Justice League cross-over, but the Powers-That-Be at Marvel and DC both said "no!" So instead, they eningeered an unofficial cross-over by each creating an homage of the other team: The Avengers were attacked by the Squadron Sinister (including Superman homage Hyperion!), an expy JLA, and the Justice League were attacked by the Assemblers, an expy Avengers.

Not long after, the Squadron Sinister supervillains were retconned to be power duplicates of a parallel Earth group of superheroes, The Squadron Supreme, and the Squadron Supreme appeared in a number of Marvel stories. Eventually, the talented Mark Gruenwald wrote the 12 issue Squadron Supreme, a wonderful mini-series which investigated what would happen if a team of godlike superheroes took over the world for the best of intentions and failed -- foiled NOT by their own corruption so much as by a naive idealism so great it lacked the capacity to imagine how nasty some human beings can be and thus how much some human beings could twist into evil the good the superheroes had performed. When Mark Gruenwald died (at the young age of 43), as one of his last requests, his cremated ashes were mixed with the ink used for the first book reprinting the entire mini-series.

J. Michael Straczynski later revised the Squadron Supreme characters into far grittier, darker variants in the Supreme Powers series, a mixed success that never quite got its feet before it was cancelled.

As for Gladiator: in Omniverse #2, Peter Gillis argued that Superman's powers made the most sense if they were psionic. John Byrne fell in love with that idea, so he took Gladiator (a one-shot homage to Superboy in an encounter between the X-Men and the Shi'ar Imperial Guard as written by Chris Claremont, all of whom were homages to the Legion of Superheroes at the time) and gave him the psionics explanation of his superpowers as a test-run for later giving the same explanation to Superman when Byrne rebooted him right after the Crisis on Infinite Earths. (The psionics explanation has since disappeared). The character had been named Gladiator in recognition of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's statement that one of the inspirations for Superman had been the Philip Wylie SF novel Gladiator.

I apologize if my fanboy is showing too much -- your art brings that out in me!
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rawlsy Jul 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wow! ha ha!
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doodler1978 Apr 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, never realized how similar Gladiator's costume is to Supes untill I saw em side by side.
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rawlsy Apr 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, right? I'm finding that's the case for a lot of these.
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Stark-liverbird Apr 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hyperion is a fantastic Superman parody
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rawlsy Apr 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't really know the character at all, but from what I read, you're right!
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NadrojBox Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think Apollo(Vertigo Comic) should be here... His powerset is similar to Superman...
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rawlsy Apr 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That would be cool, but I'm trying to stick to Marvel & DC characters. You are right though, he is pretty similar.
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