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    Gladiator's origin

    posted Jan 21, 2019, 2:24 PM by Vu Nguyen

    From Vu

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    If you were wondering about the Gladiator T-Shirt in the background of George Perez's 1994 appearance at Heroes Con... it was a character that George created.

    The origin of Gladiator is that he was one of the characters in a Nightwing detective story (investigating Batman's death). The story also would introduce a female character called Plague. Her blood would kill a man instantly.

    DC rejected the Gladiator pitch, so George took the Gladiator character and Plague character - now renamed Crimson Plague (after a suggestion from his wife) and published the first book on Event Comics in 1997. Crimson Plague was published again under Gorilla Comics, in June 2000.

    George said that he lost $5,000 per issue, and financially didn't make sense to continue the book after issue #2. By this time, however, he had signed on to work at CrossGen Comics, and left Gorilla Comics in December 2000.


    HEROES COMIC CONVENTION 1994 (17-19 June 1994)
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    Emilio Torres Garcia‎ writes:

    I wanted to share this photo of George Perez that I took during Heroes Con 1994 in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was the first time that I met him in person. He signed me a copy of Crisis on Infinity Earths #1 that I bought at that same convention and still have.

    News: Gladiator Shirts On Ebay

    July 06, 2006 09:32 pm [ submitted by Joseph Naftali ]
     From Joseph Naftali

    Pacesetter Productions

    Hey there! Long time no speak. Just wanted to let you know that I put two GLADIATOR t-shirts I found in a box up on eBay this morning. I purchased them from George himself in the 1990's and never wore them.

    item # 280005032150 and # 280005033233

     August 4, 2002 | Site Update
    From longgonedaddySpacer, via Ebay
    This is a Gladiator t shirt. It is black in color, a size XL, printed on both sides and in good shape. Shown in the scan is most of the print. The figure is shown from head to toe. The back shows the design that is used as the "t" in Gladiator again but much bigger.