Re: Knights of Pendragon
- So Michael, I (at long last!) read your chapter in Barbara's book on
Arthurian comics and you have corrected my previous assumption on
Claremont's use of Arthur in Excalibur. I always presumed it was just
a marketing ploy, but I think you make a pretty good case --
especially with Claremont's illuminating quote on the topic -- that
there was at least a token effort to capture the spirit of Arthur
there, or the sword, even if later issues of the comic seemed to have
little to do with the myth itself.
I was not sure what I was going to say about Knights of Pendragon
until I read an editor's response in the letter column of, I think,
issue 13. The editor wrote, apparently in complete sincerity, that
what differentiated Arthurian myth from other legendary characters in
Britain's past is that Arthur had no political or geographical
agenda; he was a "global hero" intent on protecting the world at
large, not his country per se.
I think this is going to give me some traction, and I anticipate
talking about Arthur's adoption as a global myth that somehow relates
to all cultures. Naturally, because of my background, I'll mostly be
illustrating this trend through comics.