Robin Hood: People’s Outlaw and Forest Hero

Paul Buhle et al.

A Graphic Guide

Paul Buhle brings a new dimension to Robin Hood, helping to explain why an outlaw from the 14th Century is still a left wing hero today. Paul Buhle brings a new dimension to Robin Hood, helping to explain why an outlaw from the 14th Century is still a left wing hero today.

Where and what was Robin Hood? Why is an outlaw from fourteenth century England still a hero today?

Revolutionaries adopted Robin, children’s books offered countless versions, and Robin Hood entered all forms of pop culture in various guises.

The “bad-good” hero of pulp urban fiction of the 1940s-50s, and more important, the Western outlaw who thwarts the bankers in pulps, films, and comics, is essentially Robin Hood. Hollywood blacklist victims devised radical plots of “people’s outlaws” climaxing in network television’s The Adventures of Robin Hood. In addition, there is also a largely unknown and unconsidered environmental side of Robin Hood, an ecological wholeness that, for the most part, is absent in the popular mythos

Robin Hood: People’s Outlaw and Forest Hero features 30 pages of collages and comic art, recuperating the artistic interpretations of Robin from the past seven centuries.

“Paul Buhle is the best informed and most sincere left-wing scholar that I know.” —Harvey Pekar, artist

“Paul Buhle is my socialist conscience.” —Robert Crumb, artist

Paul Buhle, retired Senior Lecturer of History and American Civilization at Brown University; Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians and American Studies Association; Founder, Radical America magazine; founder and former director, Oral History of the American Left archive, New York University.

Chris Hutchinson is a teacher, artist, designer of General Strike Comics, and socialist candidate for Congress in Fall, 2010.

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