Paul Di Filippo (pgdf) wrote in theinferior4,
Paul Di Filippo

Inspiration for Sgt. Rock

Last night Deborah and I watched Samuel Fuller's 1951 film, Fixed Bayonets!.

In it, the actor Gene Evans played a character named Sgt. Rock. Here he is, in two shots.

I did a double-take. Surely, I thought, here is the inspiration for Robert Kanigher's famous DC hero, Sgt. Rock, who made his first appearance in 1959.

But some fairly thorough googling on my part reveals no prior linkup between the two fictional characters, whose personalities onscreen and in the comic books are so similar.

Can this very plausible derivation really have been overlooked for fifty years?

Posted by Paul DiFi.
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