Public Domain Super Heroes
King Arthur

Real Name

Arthur Pendragon

First Appearance


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Legend & Folklore[]

King Arthur is a legendary warrior and ruler of the British kingdom of Camelot. As a boy, he demonstrated his right to become the king by pulling the sword Durendal from a stone. Throughout his youth, he had many adventures, battling giants and other beasts. As a warrior king, he fought to bring justice and order back to his lands. He helped to establish peace and unity throughout England and established the idealic society of Camelot.

There he sat at the round table with his brave and honorable knights including Lancelot, Galahad, Gawain, Kay, Gareth, and many more. Some of his knights set out on a quest for the Holy Grail. Arthur married the lady Guinivere, was counseled by the sorcerer Merlin, and was eventually given the sword Excalibur, which made its wielder invincible. However, his invincibility did not last, as Camelot was torn apart by war. Arthur and his son (or nephew), Mordred whose mother was Morgause. The two killed each other in a final battle. Arthur's body was cremated, but some stories taking place after his death, suggest that his spirit went on to reside in Avalon, the mythical island where King Arthur's sword Excalibur was made.

Public Domain Literary Appearances[]

All literary works featuring King Arthur published before January 1, 1929 are in the public domain in the US.

A list of notable works can be found here.

Public Domain Comic Appearances[]

  • Atomic Comics #1
  • Catholic Comics #5-10
  • Star Comics #1-2, 6, 9
  • Carnival Comics #13
  • Thrilling Comics #5, 36, 60
  • Boy Comics #4, 13
  • Operation: Peril #3
  • Complete Book of Comics and Funnies #1
  • Jingle Jangle Comics #16
  • Robin Hood #1-5, Adventures of Robin Hood #6-8
  • Robin Hood & His Merry Men #29, 36
  • Top Notch Comics #5-9
  • Jack-in-the-Box Comics #15
  • Super-Mystery Comics vol. 4 #6
  • Blue Bolt Comics vol. 1 #7
  • Hit Comics #32
  • Kid Eternity #4
  • Famous Funnies #142, 147
  • A Treasury of Horses
  • Ribtickler
  • Everybody's Comics #1

Public Domain Television Appearances[]

  • The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1956 - 30 episodes)

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