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Subj: Re: knock-off better than original?
Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2022 at 10:34:21 am EDT (Viewed 111 times)
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Yeah, it sounds like it. ERB was not averse to borrowing ideas as "the Mad King" was basically his take on Hope's "Prisoner of Zenda".

Kinda the same way Siegel and Shuster were "influenced" by the Philip Whylie novel "Gladiator". Although the Gladiator novel is obscure now, it was the biggest sci-fi novel of the 30s so there's no way Siegel and Shuster hadn't known of it.

I was going to say Superman and Hugo Danner.

For that matter, was Captain Marvel a Superman knock-off (as DC claimed)? He outsold big blue for a while there.

How about Marvelman/Miracleman? Probably not for sales but maybe for critical response.

The Watchmen over the Charlton Heroes? Again for cultural impact more than sales or number of issues published.

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