Real Name: John Benson

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: None given

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Gladiator (Melvin Potter)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York

First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents I#98/4 (March, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: The Gladiator wannabe possessed no superhuman powers, but was obsessed with super-villains - The Gladiator in particular.

History: (Marvel Comics Presents I#98/4) - An exceptionally angry young man, the Gladiator impostor went to Melvin Potter's Spotlight Costume shop, and asked him for a specially designed black Gladiator costume. Potter took the man's information with no intention of filling in the order, then investigated the man's house. Potter returned again, while the wannabe was sleeping, and woke him up. The Wannabe wouldn't listen to Potter's attempts to talk some sense into him, and goaded him into attacking him. Potter was about to cut into him with his forearm blades, while the wannabe egged him on, but Potter just left him, warning him that you can't just kill your problems - they always come back.

Comments: Created by Scott Benson and John Stanisci

His real name was revealed in Gladiator's profile in OHOTMU A-Z HC#4.

Profile by: Zerostar


The Gladiator wannabe could be, but probably isn't...

But shouldn't be confused with...

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Marvel Comics Presents I#98, p14, pan8 (main)

Marvel Comics Presents I#98/4 (1992) - Scott Benson (writer), John Stanisci (penciler/inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)

Last updated: 12/25/03

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