Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Legendary Figures in the TVCU: King Arthur
This is another in a series of blogs I will do in covering legendary figures whose place in history has become a merging of fact and fiction. Of course in this case, the fiction is the fact in at least the case of the TVCU appearances.
c. 1279 B.C.--HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS--Merlin sends Arthur back in time to learn and train from Hercules.
In the earlier days of King Arthur--MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL--Yes, because there are soooooo many crossovers with shows, movies, games, and literature that like to include holy hand grenades and other great bits from this film, I have to conclude that the TVCU Arthur and his knights did indeed have this adventure. Sigh. Note, this quest is the gathering of the knights, but it won't be until later that Swamp Thing helps find it, before the end of Camelot.
In the days of King Arthur--PRINCE VALIANT--Prince Valiant is an adventurer during the same time period of Arthur.
6th century A.D.--ADVENTURE COMICS--Sir Justin is a knight of the Round Table who is gifted by Merlin with a mystical sword and a flying horse. They get frozen in time and awaken in the 1940s.
6th century A.D.--BRAVE AND THE BOLD # 1--The man who was once Prince Khufu is reincarnated as Brian Kent, who serves King Arthur as the Silent Knight. Prince Khufu will later be the Western hero called Nighthawk and later still as Hawkman.
6th century A.D.--DEMON--Merlin traps his half-brother, the demon Etrigan, by placing him inside the body of Jason Blood.
500 A.D.--IRON MAN # 150--Iron Man and Doctor Doom travel back in time where Doom aligns himself with Morgan le Fay.
568--SQUAREHEADS OF THE ROUND TABLE--The trio are in England. They aid their blacksmith friend in wooing the princess while also stopping a plot against the king. Note that this tale takes place during the era of King Arthur of Camelot, but it takes place in a different kingdom.
6th century A.D.--REAL GHOSTBUSTERS--"A Hard Knight's Day"--Merlin punishes Sir Bruce by trapping him in a tapestry.
6th century--BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES--"Nail the Conquering Hero"--James Bojaciuk says: Bill and Ted meet King Arthur. Not really a solid crossover, but as King Arthur exists within the TVCU, this is worth noting.
6th century A.D.--GHOSTBUSTERS: DISPLACED AGGRESSION #4 OF 4 - Ivan Ronald Schablotski says: Dr Ray Stantz is sent to the time of King Arthur's Camelot, and is accompanied by an influx of supernatural activity. Ectoplasmic dragons kidnap the bulk of Camelot's citizens and force them to build and operate a Munchausen's Wheel, which will open a gate to a pocket dimensional prison. Within a month's time Ray has adapted very well to life in Camelot and using a steam-powered "proto-pack" with an ionized sword to fight ghosts, when Dr Peter Venkmann and Rachel Unglighter arrive from approx. 1865 in Ecto-10. Together the three Ghostbusters and King Arthur rescue the locals and defeat Morgan leFay, who's spirit was orchestrating events to release her body from imprisonment by Merlin, and the Ghostbusters take off a possible future.
This takes place during Morgan leFay's exile by Merlin, and Merlin himself is nowhere to be found, so I'm guessing this fits after "A HARD DAY'S KNIGHT" but before the quest for the Holy Grail begins.
6th Century A.D.--SONIC AND THE BLACK KNIGHT--Sonic is sent to Earth and back in time where he meets an Arthur turned evil by magic.
6th Century A.D.--TIME TUNNEL--"Merlin the Magician"--This wasn't included the first time I posted this because I didn't think Time Tunnel was in, but I've since been yelled at that Time Tunnel is in.
6th Century A.D.--GARGOYLES--"Avalon"--Another one I left out was Gargoyles, who trace back their origin to the time of Camelot, and have had other crosses to bring them into the TVCU.
6th century A.D.--SWAMP THING # 87 AND 109--Swamp Thing travels back in time and aids in finding the Holy Grail. However, he becomes bound to Camelot, and thus it falls when he returns to the future.
Some 40 years after the fall of Camelot—Merlin’s mirror is brought to the Homelands (from the comic series Fables), most likely by some of the surviving Knights of the Round Table who chose to take up residence in the lands of fiction. They carved a castle within a mountain; this information can be reconstructed from the Seven Dwarfs’ discovery of Merlin’s Mirror within their mines. (Taken from James Bojaciuk's guest blog.)
12th century--ROBIN HOOD--"The Inheritance"--King Arthur's spirit appears in Sherwood Forest.
12th century--NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD--"Return to Camelot"--Robin travels back in time to Camelot.
12th century--NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD--"Legend of Olwyn"--Arthur appears in flashback in a tale told to Robin by Merlin.
December 1476--DRACULA VS. KING ARTHUR--Lucifer sends Dracula back in time to battle King Arthur during the time of Camelot.
1864--BONANZA--Adam encounters a man dressed as a knight claiming to be King Arthur.
October 1883 to March 1885--JEKYLL & HYDE: THE MUSICAL--
May to August 1898--LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN--This mini-series brings in A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT, in which a man of the 19th century travels back in time to visit Camelot.
January 1943--BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD--"Day of the Dark Knight!"--Main Plot--Batman and Green Arrow are pulled back to the sixth century where they must help Merlin find Excalibur for King Arthur while they have to battle Morgaine le Fey and the demon Etrigan.
February 1948--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--"The Last Knight"--Four men believe they are Arthur and three of his knights.
December 24, 1959--Merlin comes to Santa's aid when the devil tries to prevent Christmas from happening.
September 1966--THE REAL ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY QUEST--"The Alchemist"--Johnny meets Merlin.
1975--GHOST BUSTERS--"Merlin, the Magician"--The Ghost Busters (not the ones you know) help Merlin battle Morgan le Fay.
Summer 1977--WONDER WOMAN--"Diana's Disappearing Act"--Wonder Woman encounters both Count Cagliostro and Morgan le Fay.
1978--FREEDOM FORCE--Merlin joins a team with Isis, Hercules, Sinbad, and and Super Samurai.
January 1982--FANTASY ISLAND--"King Arthur in Mr. Roarke's Court"--King Arthur is transported from his time to the present.
November 1991--MACGYVER--"Good Night MacGyver"--MacGyver is transported back in time to the time of Camelot.
1993--HELLBOY--Hellboy is descended from King Arthur and his son Mordred.
February 1996--GARGOYLES--"Pendragon"--Arthur returns in the present to fight alongside the Gargoyles. Though of course we know that he must die again to be reincarnated in 2003.
December 1997--SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH--"Oh What a Tangled Spell She Weaves"--Sabrina accidentally sends her aunts and cat to Merlin's castle.
October 1998--SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH--"Boy was my Face Red"--Sabrina meets King Arthur, though I don't know if time travel was involved or if it was his spirit.
September 2002--JUSTICE LEAGUE--"A Knight of Shadows"--The Justice League aid the demon Etrigan to fight Morgan le Fay.
2003--CHARMED--Wyatt Halliwell is the reincarnation of King Arthur.
September 2003--LAS VEGAS--"What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas"--A man is hired by the Montecito to play King Arthur, but he gets a little out of control.
November 2003--SPIKE VS. DRACULA--When confronting Dracula, Spike references other Dracula past adversaries FRANKENSTEIN, THE WOLF MAN, KING ARTHUR, and ZORRO.
2004--ADVENTURES OF YOUNG VAN HELSING: THE QUEST FOR THE LOST SCEPTOR--Michael Harris discovers he is part of Van Helsing family and battles Morgan le Fay.
August 2004--JUSTICE LEAGUE--"Kid Stuff"--Mordred makes all adults on Earth vanish, and so Morgan le Fay transforms the Justice League into children so they can return to Earth and stop him. When his spell is broken, the adults return with no memories and the children's stories are not believed.
2004 to 2008--LIBRARIAN TRILOGY--Amongst the items kept by the librarian is Arthur's sword, Excalibur, or so they think. The real sword is in the possession of Piper Halliwell. Of course, it could be she entrusted the librarian to guard it.
2006--TOMB RAIDER: LEGEND--Lara Croft seeks Excalibur. Excalibur at this time is supposed to be in the possession of both Piper Halliwell and the Librarian. Perhaps it was stolen, or perhaps Croft is seeking a fake, or perhaps this story takes place before 2003.
2012--SO YOU CREATED A WORMHOLE--SO YOU CREATED A WORMHOLE is written by some guys in the future, after the Rise of the Machines, in the Whoniverse, but because much of the historical documents of the past were destroyed, they have pieced history together via time travel, but their device seems to work with Time And Relative Dimension In Space, so they often hop from one alternate reality to the other, so a lot of what they think is one timeline is several, a possibility they themselves present as being possible. Crossovers: TVCU: Back to the Future (also Captain Future timeline, TVCU2, Mirror Universe), Forbidden Planet, the Time Machine, Time Cop, A Conneticutt Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Star Trek, Timeline, Stargate, Bill and Ted (with claims that the Doctor gave Rufis time tech, though this may simply allude to the relationship between both sets of Time Lords), Hot Tub Time Machine (also TVCU2), Star Wars, Futurama, Donnie Darko, Army of Darkness, Time After Time, Lost, Philedelphia Experiment, 12 Monkeys, Quantum Leap, X-Files, Gundam, Power Rangers, Voltron, iRobot, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Whoniverse: Terminator, www.thetimetravelguide.com, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series, Superman film series, Alien, Doctor Who, Land of the Lost, Battlestar Gallactica. TVCU2: Star Trek reboot. Q-universe: Planet of the Apes. And I'm sure I missed some. Also note some of the reality placements are based on specific previous crossover connections, and for those that I had no previous connection I just placed in the TVCU, but if there's strong enough argument for placement in the Whoniverse, let me know.
BONGO UNIVERSE--There is also a counterpart of King Arthur in this universe.
CINEMULTIVERSE--There are many different cinematic versions of the legend.
DOCTOR WHO UNIVERSE--The Doctor will eventually become Merlin. Morgan le Fay and Mordred are aliens.
EARTH-886--DOCTOR STRANGE battles Morgan le Fay.
FAR FAR AWAY LAND--In this reality, SHREK THE THIRD is the official version of the legendary events.
LOONIVERSE--In this reality, THE SWORD IN THE STONE (DISNEY) is the official version of the legendary events. In a past life, Bugs Bunny was a court jester in King Arthur's court. At one point, Yakko, Wakko and Dot travel back to Camelot where they help Arthur and his knights, along with Perry Mason and Dr. Strangelove, try to stop a dragon. Merlin also trained a past life version of Mickey Mouse to be his apprentice.
ROBOT CHICKEN UNIVERSE--'nuff said.
SIMPSONS--"E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)"--In this Simpsons episode, they are watching a film called "The Poke of Zorro", in which Zorro travels to France to rescue King Arthur who had been kidnapped by the Man in the Iron Mask. He must battle the Three Musketeers and also takes on the Scarlet Pimpernel who had been sleeping with Zorro's lover. Definitely not canon anywhere, but very fun little clip.
SKITLANDIA--This version has it's own version of Arthur, though he is constantly changing, likely due to time travel mishaps.
STARGATE UNIVERSE--In this reality, the Arthurian legend was based on an ancient alien species.
TOOBWOLD (AND ALTERNATE TELEVISION REALITIES)--There are many different TV versions of the legend.
TOONIVERSE--The Tooniverse has it's own legend, which changes often, no doubt due to time travelling interference.
VIDEO GAME UNIVERSES--There are many different versions of Arthur in video games.