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(1893–1972) American muscleman; successful selling body-building by mail order. [Am. Culture: Misc.]
brawny, strapping miner who saves others in mine collapse. [Am. Music: Jimmy Dean, “Big Bad John”]
big Yorkshireman. [Br. Lit.: Nicholas Nickleby]
lumberjack performs mighty deeds. [Am. Folklore: The Wonderful Adventures of Paul Bunyan]
gigantic, sinewy Philistine killed by David’s slingshot. [O.T.: I Samuel 17; 21:9, 22:10; II Samuel 21:19]
huge, raging, green-skinned strongman into which Dr. Banner is transformed. [Comics: Horn, 324–325]
brawn his chief asset; accompanied with little brains. [Am. Lit.: McTeague]
sailor who owes his incredible muscle-power to a diet of canned spinach. [Comics: Horn, 658]
muscular English lord, reared by African apes, hero of novels and films. [Am. Lit.: Tarzan of the Apes (1914); Am. Cinema: Rovin, 105–106]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.