Skull the Slayer
- I've recently been re-organizing my comics collection and have
rediscovered an obscure quasi-Arthurian storyline that appeared
in issues 4 and 5 of Marvel Comics' short-lived "Skull The Slayer"
series (1976). The series concerns the exploits of a group of
modern Americans who become displaced in time after passing
into the Bermuda Triangle. In issue #4, the titular hero appears
to journey to Camelot. He meets the Black Knight and Merlin,
and Morgan Le Fay is also viewed briefly. In issue #5, these
three are revealed to be lifelike robots, while a robotic Arthur
makes an appearance as well.
Interestingly, in re-reading these issues, it seems likely that the
scripter of the storyline's first chapter (Steve Englehart) intended
these characters to be the "real" Arthurian figures, but the
writer who took over the series with #5 (Bill Mantlo) chose to
take the story in a different direction.