Pocket Hercules and the Mighty Atom

15 Jun

I am fascinated by all things Indian. A few days ago The New York Times published an obituary for Indian bodybuilder Manohar Aich, who died at the age of 103.

Manohar Aich, was only 4 feet 11 inches tall. A fact that earned him the nickname of “Pocket Hercules.”


I was struck by the similarities between the story of Manohar Aich and the life of Joseph L. Greenstein, a strong man know as the Mighty Atom. Years ago, my brother had given me a biography of Greenstein, which I highly recommend. Greenstein was only 5 feet 4 inches tall and he was the inspiration for the golden age comic book superhero “the Atom.”

2 Responses to “Pocket Hercules and the Mighty Atom”

  1. Enrique Guerra-Pujol June 16, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

    The parallels are uncanny

  2. jecgenovese June 17, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

    In Michael Chabon’s great novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, there is a minor character names the Mighty Molecule who is based on Joseph Greenstein,

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