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I was writing somewhere else recently and one of my stock criticisms came out: "I like it when my heroes don't win all the time." And this time it set me to thinking.
Second only to Winnie-the-Pooh as the earliest hero I remember having is Charlie Brown (as perhaps you can tell just looking at my cartoons).
The Star Trek episode I remembered best having previously seen after actually getting hooked was City on the Edge of Forever, when Captain Kirk must let the woman he loves die.
Star Trek was replaced as my favorite story by M*A*S*H. The first episode I recorded on my little cassette recorder (this was when M*A*S*H was on prime time, not on DVDs) was Radar's Report, when Trapper John's patient dies and Hawkeye's girl won't marry him.
M*A*S*H was replaced as my favorite story nearly a decade later by Doctor Who, of which the first installment I ever saw was the last half of Genesis of the Daleks, when the Doctor fails to remove his deadliest enemies from history.
And The Once and Future King predates all of these but Peanuts (at least it does if you count the soundtrack album of Camelot which was based on The Once and Future King), and that's about a simple, happy fellow who changes things for the better for everyone and then sees it all fall apart, because once when he was a kid he slept with the wrong woman.
"Don't win all the time"? I like it when my heroes are losers from the moment
I meet them.
Arthuriana sources I use or recommend:
Arthuriana - the Journal of Arthurian Studies; the website of the quarterly journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society.
The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester.
Camelot In Four Colors: A Survey of the Arthurian Legend in Comics
Mystical-WWW - The Arthurian A2Z knowledge Bank which has encyclopedically-arranged entries on the characters of the Arthurian legends.
Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 1 and Volume 2.