Way back in my freshman year of college, instead of taking a traditional English class, students could select a Freshman Seminar. These courses were full of a lot of reading and writing, just like those traditional English classes, for these Freshman Seminars, you’d choose a topic that really excited you.
One that I chose was Medieval Studies 106 : King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table. I was surprised to find out that one could take classes in Medieval Studies.
It was really something! I had grown up enjoying King Arthur movies and books. In fact, John Boorman’s Excalibur debuted the summer before I went away to college. But the scholarly nature of the class opened my eyes wide to the rich, expansive landscape the Arthurian Legend.
There were quite of few stops along the way before that movie. The musical Camelot was a favorite as were the many King Arthur picture books I’d read as a kid. And so many King Arthur comics inspired me to learn more about the Round Table. There’s an impressive new one that was just published that I’ll write about towards the end of this column.
The Road To Camelot – In Geek Culture
As a kid in the 1960s, for me World’s Finest #162 was an epic comic. In this adventure, those two great pals, Batman and Superman, adventured in medieval times with the Knights of the Round Table, and it turned out that the Arthur’s knights are essentially old timey superheroes. Oooooh! Now I got it. When you put it that way, how could I (a young boy obsessed with superheroes ) not be enthusiastic about King Arthur stories?
One of the Knights of the Round Table, Prince Valiant, seemed to come into our life every week in the Sunday funnies. I’d read his adventures every Sunday, just after The Phantom. Continue reading “With Further Ado #106: In Short, There’s Simply Not”