Journey Planet 66: Robin Hood

By Steven H Silver: Robin Hood, whether you picture Errol Flynn, a fox, or the cover of a book by Howard Pyle, at Journey Planet Steven H Silver joins Christopher J. Garcia and James Bacon for this issue which looks at the legend of Robin Hood, historically, cinematically, and affectionately.

Lawrence Ellsworth, Jeff Berkwits, and Anthony Roche look at the various cinematic versions of the Robin Hood legend, each bringing their own take to what the outlaw from Sherwood Forest means.

Robin Hood’s adventures on the small screen are covered by James Bacon, Bonnie K. Jones, Michael A. Burstein, and Alissa Wales.

Tina L. Jens describes a vast array of cartoon depictions of Robin, not just by Disney, but featuring Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Popeye, and less famous characters.

Laura Frankos shares her love of musicals with an article about a popular operetta based on Robin Hood that debuted in 1891 and helped chart the path for the American musical theatre.

Yilin Wang, David Stein, and Chris Garcia explore historical outlaws who share traits with the Robin Hood of legend.

James returns for a look at the comic The Real Robin Hood and Steven discusses Parke Godwin’s decision to set his novel Sherwood during the immediate aftermath of the Norman Conquest.

And finally, Graeme Davis interviews Robin Hood, or at least Tim Pollard, who has been the official Robin Hood of Nottingham and is a co-founder of the International League of Legends.

All this can be found in the latest issue of Journey Planet, available for download.

2 thoughts on “Journey Planet 66: Robin Hood

  1. Went through, if not read all of it. One that no one seems to know is Fred Whitlock’s song, “Robin Was a Bloke”, which destroys all of the legend in verse.
    Cho: Oh, Robin was a bloke,
    who had many bows
    Kept them all nice and clean
    He died in his prime
    at the age of (first chorus, 89, but it changes every chorus)
    with a nasty case of eyeball gangrene.

  2. I once was involved in a performance of the Ballad of Robyn and Marrianne, by Adam de la Halle. I think it might be the earliest mention of him. I seem to recall its from the 1200s, but its been a long time.

    In that version Robyn is a trickster and more of a comic figure than a hero, in the style that later came to be associated with Tileulenspiegel.

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