Real Name: Unrevealed
Group Membership: None
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: Mighty Marvel Calendar 1975 (1974)
Powers/Abilities: Possessed of a strong back and brave heart, the Gleaming Gladiator carries a golden-colored shield and sword, as well as a boomerang-like weapon shaped like a large number 9.
(Mighty Marvel Calendar 1975) - The Gleaming Gladiator was a hero who utilized symbols connected with the zodiac sign Leo.
Comments: Created by Marie Severin.
On the back pages of the 1975 Mighty Marvel
Calendar an astrological disk was included identifying zodiac signs, and
giving the birthstone, flowers, colors, numbers, and parts of the body
supposedly ruled by each sign. Using this, a competition was launched
for readers to design and send in their own heroes or villains based on
said features, to be revealed in the next year's calendar. To provide an
example of how this might work, Marie Severin designed a character based
on her own sign, Leo. As the text explained, he had a ruby-encrusted
helmet, an oversize 9 as a boomerang-type wonder weapon, a strong back
and brave heart, and some orange and gold threads, resulting in the
Gleaming Gladiator (since that last sounded a lot like gladiolus).
He's not been seen since, but presumably he's wholly owned by Marvel, and so in theory there's nothing preventing him turning up somewhere else someday.
Since he's only got a single picture of himself standing alone with no other height references, neither characters nor objects, it's pretty difficult to guess at his height (and hence weight). I'd guess he's probably somewhat tall, since what kind of barbarian-esque action hero is really short, but honestly any number I could throw in here would be a very loose guess.
The winning entry, presented in the 1976 annual, was Capricorn.
Thanks to Lonewolf36 from Who
Watches the Watchers for suggesting covering this character.
Profile by Loki.
Gleaming Gladiator has no known connections to:
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Mighty Marvel Calendar 1975, p27 pan1 (main image, zodiac sign attributes)
Mighty Marvel Calendar 1975 (1974) - Marie Severin (writer), other credits unknown
First Posted: 10/03/2021
Last updated: 10/03/2021
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