Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Sword in the Stone Hand: The Arthurian Trends in Hellboy - Nathan Harmon

"In the literary arena, there are several myths that comic books pull from to feed their storylines. Often times, they come from Greek and Roman mythology, others come from the supernatural sources such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula. One of the legends that is sometimes touched upon slightly is King Arthur and the Round Table, made famous in the Anglo-Saxon period. Literary consumers have seen bits and pieces of it all over movies, television, books, and comics. Readers would see little tidbits of Arthurian themed ideas such as Excalibur as being a sword that endured due to its magical properties for centuries. There are also many references to Camelot and even the characters such as Lancelot and King Arthur himself. In “The Wild Hunt” storyline, Mike Mignola brings several Arthurian aspects into the Hellboy universe." 3.5 out of 5