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Philip Wylie

The earliest books by Philip Wylie (1902-71) greatly influenced twentieth-century science fiction pulp magazines and comic books: "The Savage Gentleman" was the inspiration for Doc Savage, "Gladiator" for Superman, and "When Worlds Collide" for Flash Gordon. A prolific writer of fiction and nonfiction, Wylie left a legacy of hundreds of short stories, articles, serials, syndicated newspaper columns, novels, and works of social criticism.