Great photos there. I don't think Arthur of the Britons ever ran in the US--I would certainly have watched it had it appeared in the schedule. It was on y.t. I believe a few years ago but was probably pulled due to copyright patrol.
Ooooohhh, Richard you said a Robin of Sherwood strip... I must see that.
For Nothing is forgotten. Nothing is ever forgotten. Blessed be!
The Robin of Sherwood strip ran for some two and a half years, which was pretty good going by Look-In's standards. Magnum by contrast lasted a measley six months. But I don't know if it ran continuously because strips would sometimes take breaks when series were in hiatus between seasons.
RoS was a great show. My own preference is for the Connery series. Horowitz brought some fresh and effective fantasy elements into proceedings such as the bog monster Crom Cruach, which I like for obvious reasons.
But I have found the Arthur novelization. For once this was no translation but written for hire. With lots of stills included. It is typically YA from 1974, broad strokes, no big descriptive scenes, a quick look suggests that they shrunk diverse episodes to ten pages of text. Included to my surprise is even a historical overview about Arthur, the Celts and the mythical Arthur. Not a bad package.
Here are the cover and a few pages.
Really appreciate you posting this Andy. Never seen any of these photos before. The UK paperback tie in was a pretty facile little thing in contrast written by Terence Feely which briefly adapted some of the episodes. More impressive was the HTV annual which whilst only reprinting five of Feely's adaptations supplemented them with a lot of good stills.
Thanks for the links, Swampi. I always thought myself to be pretty well knowledgeable about American cartoons, but both of these were new to me. Unbelievable stuff.
You're welcome, Andy; glad you found them interesting. Hercules was a Canadian/American production while Rocket Robin Hood was entirely Canadian (as am I ) although they were apparently shown in at least some parts of the US and RRH in S. Korea, Japan & Hong Kong. But still rather obscure, I'd say.
As a bonus, in the article linked here, there's a page from a comic devoted to some Lee Majors series, The Fall Guy, which I vaguely recall hearing about but never saw.
Look-In seems like a lot of fun.
Interesting discovery you've made there, Steve. Was news to me. Yes, Look-In was a decent and under-rated mag [and apologies to all if my fascination for the thing is boring them to tears by now]. I think a case could be made for collecting any of the adventure strips. As I have said once or twice, they made use of the best artistic talent available at the time. John Burns worked on How the West Was Won for instance, as well as Bionic Woman which John Bolton also drew. There was Mike Noble on a variety of strips including Timeslip and Martin Ashbury on Kung Fu. But as the piece indicates the rights issues for all these things are tied up in gordian knots. But I think the effort would find a reward particularly Stateside. I believe the recent collections of the British Star Trek strips from TV21 and Valiant sold well.
The Fall Guy was a fun innocuous show. Not my favourite US import of that period by any means [that was Tales of the Gold Monkey and Matt Houston] but entertaining enough. Majors was a Hollywood stuntman who moonlighted as a bounty hunter. He had a gormless cousin called Howie who was well played by Doug Barr. He had just been in a rustic horror movie I remember enjoying called Deadly Blessing. Plenty of Vaulters will be far more conversant with it than I am. You probably are yourself with your interest in folk horror. But I remember an entertaining scenery chewing turn from Borgnine and a before-she-was-famous appearance from Sharon Stone. There was some sort of controversy surrounding the ending of the film, I seem to remember.
Thanks for posting the additional Arthur of the Britons scans, Andy. Great to see. You can see the effort that went into constructing the set, which was built down in the Forest of Dean I seem to remember.
Received this as a present from beloved la belle dem sans merci recently, and it is unquestionably superb. Replica ephemera direct from glampunk heaven, including Bowie, Slade. T Rex and Sex Pistols, Roxy, Abba and The Cass (at Man City FC) concert tickets, a Subbuteo leaflet (featuring the must-have new main stand and ropey floodlights), (most of) an issue of Superstar '72 featuring loads on the Cass, a super-clackers advert, etc. Also from the same company, a sixties equivalent plus one-off packs devoted to Jack The Ripper and The Titanic, among others. Minutes of nauseating nostalgia fun for the decayed and decrepit.
Pat Wallace [ed.] - Superstar '72 #14 (Nov. 1972)
Our Brother Donny, by Merrill, Wayne and Tommy The Alias Smith & Jones Story: Part 6 Special News for all fans of Alias Smith & Jones by Liz Williams (secretary of The Alias Smith & Jones fan club) Hot-line from Hollywood. Susan Talking The Official Partridge Family Fan Club, by Susie Miller Slade Fan Club News, by Diana (secretary to Slade) The David Cassidy Story: Part 9 Marc Needs You When He's On Stage Exclusive for all T. Rex Fans The New Seekers Fan Club News, by Jill Noddy Likes It 'Bak Ome'
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.