Friday, May 13, 2011

Robin Hood Comics Scholarship

I've been working recently on assessing the history of medieval comics scholarship. Here are the details based on the various meetings of The International Association for Robin Hood Studies based at The University of Rochester. I had access to all of the programs but that for 2007 and 2011 (to be held July 8-10).

Playing with Transgression: Cultural Transformations of Robin Hood
at The University of Rochester
16-18 October 1997

"Robin Hood and Green Arrow: Outlaw Bowmen in the Modern Urban Landscape"
Sarah Beach (Los Angeles, CA)
(Published in Robin Hood in Popular Culture: Violence, Transgression, and Justice, ed. Thomas Hahn [D. S. Brewer, 2000])

Robin Hood: Past and Present, Local and Global
The Second International Conference of Robin Hood Studies
Nottingham, 14th - 18th July, 1999

‘"Begone, Knave! Robbery is out of Fashion Hereabouts!": Robin Hood in 1950s Comic Books’
Allen W. Wright

The Third Biennial Robin Hood Conference
The University of Western Ontario
May 31-June 2, 2001

"The Archer Explodes: Green Arrow, Social(ist) Justice, and the Reinvention of
the Playboy Comic Book Adventurer,1970-1986"
Jonathan Stover (UWO)

Fifth Biennial Meeting of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies
September 29 to October 2, 2005
University of Delaware (Newark, Delaware)

Robin Hood Comic Books From the 1970s to the Present
Allen Wright, Mohawk College

The Seventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies
October 22-25, 2009
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (USA)

“Investigating the Robin Hood/Green Arrow Identity Crisis”
Jeff Kirchoff (Bowling Green State University)

“Spin-Offs and Stand-Alones: The Co-Dependency of Robin Hood Comics”
John H. Chandler (University of Rochester)

“The Secret Origin of Robin Hood” (?)
Allen W. Wright (Independent Scholar)


  1. Re: "The Secret Origin of Robin Hood" was more about the changing origin stories of Robin Hood in all media and not really comics focused. The title (and few introductory remarks) just allude to the classic DC Comics title and the idea of superhero origins. I don't recall any comics-focused papers at the 2007 conference. - Allen