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Gladiator's origin

posted Jan 21, 2019, 12:24 PM by Vu Nguyen
From Vu


GLADIATOR T-SHIRT (1994)
Pacesetter Productions

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.



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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.





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