Samson is a character from the biblical Book of Judges. He was one of the "judges" of Israel and ruled during Israel's subjugation by the Philistines.Samson is noted for having Superhuman Strength, a blessing of being chosen by God to be the one to free Israel from the Philistines. He's also the most unlikely person for the job, being something of a trickster and a skirt chaser. He also has a habit of choosing wives who tend to screw him over.Has been used several times in fiction since then, having squared off against Superman in the Silver Ages and even having his own title (see Mighty Samson) highlighting him as a likely inspiration for and Ur Example of the modern superhero. The Siegel and Shuster would certainly have been familiar with these tales and Samson has a surprising amount in common with early Superman (superstrength, likes to screw with people, takes on corrupt government/aristocracy/business).His life's story has been the subject of one theatrical film, 1949's Samson and Delilah starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr in the title roles, which was remade twice on TV, the first in 1984 (with Mature doing a cameo as Samson's father) and another in 1996 (which featured Dennis Hopper, Michael Gambon and Elizabeth Hurley).