Robin Hood in popular culture

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Movie poster for the 1922 United Artists Robin Hood film, starring Douglas Fairbanks.

The folkloric hero Robin Hood has appeared many times, in many different variations, in popular modern works.

Books[edit]

Films and television series[edit]

Music[edit]

Video games[edit]

The character of Robin Hood appears, either as a playable character or as a major supporting character, in the following games:

Strategy games[edit]

  • Avalon Hill published a board game based on the legend called The Legend of Robin Hood.

Comic books[edit]

Classic Comics issue #7
  • As a public domain character with an established reputation, Robin Hood was an attractive feature for comic book publishers from the birth of the medium. The first continuing Robin Hood stories were written and drawn by Sven Elven and appeared in the DC Comics title, New Adventure Comics vol. 1 #23 through #30 (1938). There was also a Robin Hood back up story in Green Hornet #7 through #10, written by S. M. Iger.
  • A small renaissance of Robin Hood comics occurred in the late 1950s, starting with the little-known "Rodger of Sherwood" stories in the Young Heroes anthology series #39 through #37 by American Comics Group. That same year, Robin got his first title comic book from Magazine Enterprises which ran for eight issues, three with a Richard Greene photo cover. Brown Shoe Co., maker of Robin Hood Shoes, published seven giveaway issues starting in 1956. Robin soon attracted attention from more established comic publishers such as Charlton Comics, who retitled Danger and Adventure to Robin Hood and His Merry Men starting with issue #28. Quality comics published Tales of Robin Hood until issue #7, then was bought by DC Comics who continued until issue #13 and included a crossover with Wonder Woman, making it the longest lasting English language Robin Hood series. DC also published Robin Hood stories in their Brave and the Bold anthology series from #5 to #15.
  • In the 1960s, Dell published a couple of Robin Hood one-shots, one a re-telling of the traditional legend, the other a Disney TV show tie-in. Then, in 1974, Gold Key Comics produced a 7 issue tie-in with the Disney animated film. Eclipse published a three-part miniseries in 1991, perhaps a tie in with the Kevin Costner film. Finally, there have been various one-shots produced by Moonstone Books and Avalon Communications.
  • In 1991, DC produced a series called Outlaws, with writing by Michael Jan Friedman and art by Luke McDonnell. It was a re-imagining of the legend set in a future, somewhat post-apocalytic, time- something akin to the future depicted in films such as Mad Max.
  • Also in 1991, Eclipse Comics published a three issue mini series.
  • Robin Hood and his band appear in one issue of the Vertigo Comics series Fables. Along with other folk heroes, they give their lives to buy time for the last ship to flee to the mundane world.
  • In 2007, Xeric award winning cartoonist Steve LeCouilliard began a comedy web-comic called "Much the Miller's Son" [2] telling the story of Robin Hood from the point of view of a minor character. It has since been collected in two volumes with a third projected for summer 2011.
  • The superhero Green Arrow possesses obvious traits of inspiration that originate from Robin Hood; most notably being a skilled archer, swordsman, and an affinity for wearing green.
  • The Sonic the Hedgehog comic series from Archie Comics features a band of Freedom Fighters based upon Robin Hood and his Merry Men, with associated characters reflecting other figures in the Robin Hood mythos. Robin serves as the inspiration for Hedgehog king Rob O' The Hedge, with an Echidna wife and son named Mari-An and Jon (obviously alluding to Maid Marian and Little John). Further allies include the Deer Friar Buck, Allan Quail, and Munch the Rat; the group was originally pitted against the villainous High Sheriff of Snottingham.
  • Robin Hood 2020 Digital Comic from CDComics features Robin and his Outlaws in dystopian future with Britain under the control of corrupt politicians
  • In 2012 Zenescope published Robyn Hood, a re-imagining of the character with a female protagonist.
  • In 2013 Five Ghosts featured a literary ghost with similarities to Robin Hood.

Other[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harrison, John. "Copse and Robbers." The Guardian 2009-06-20 [1] retrieved 2010-02-10
  2. ^ Enduring American Song Hits, Part 1, page 1 at parlorsongs.com
  3. ^ "Robin Hood is scholarly subject". BBC. 10 October 2006.
  4. ^ "Sherwood Signs Off". Nottingham Forest 30 July 2007.
  5. ^ "A modern-day Robin Hood". The World, 15 May 2010.

Further reading[edit]

  • Seal, Graham. The Outlaw Legend: A Cultural Tradition in Britain, America and Australia. Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-521-55317-2
  • Hayes, T. Wilson. The birth of popular culture : Ben Jonson, Maid Marian, and Robin Hood. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Duquesne University Press, 1992. ISBN 0-8207-0241-2
  • Singman, Jeffrey L. Robin Hood : the shaping of the legend. Westport, Conn : Greenwood Press, 1998. ISBN 0-313-30101-8