Nominated for a 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award: The most stunningly gorgeous adventure comic strip of all time finally returns in its definitive edition, the first to boast superb testored artwork that captures every delicate line and chromatic nuance of Foster’s original masterpiece.
Universally acclaimed as the most stunningly gorgeous adventure comic strip of all time, Prince Valiant ran for 35 years under the virtuoso pen of its creator, Hal Foster. (Such was its popularity that today, decades after Foster’s death, it continues to run under different hands.) The giant Sunday-funnies pages (Valiant ran only on Sundays) gave Foster a huge canvas upon which he was able to limn epic swordfights, stunning scenes of pomp and pageantry, and some of the most beautiful human beingsmale and femaleever to appear in comics. And he matched his nonpareil visual sense with the narrative instincts of a born storyteller, propelling his daring young hero from one crisis to another with barely a panel to catch one’s breath.Prince Valiant has previously been widely available only in re-colored, somewhat degraded editions (now out of print and fetching collectors’ prices). Thanks to advances in production technology and newly available original proof sheets, this new series from the industry leader in quality strip classics is the first to feature superb restored artwork that captures every delicate line and chromatic nuance of Foster’s original masterpiece. Comic strip aficionados will be ecstatic, and younger readers who enjoy a classic adventure yarn will be bowled over. Volume One is rounded out with a rare, in-depth classic Foster interview previously available only in a long out-of-print issue of The Comics Journal, as well as an informative Afterword detailing the production and restoration of this edition. Nominated for a 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award (Best Archival Collection/Project: Strips).
Hal Foster (1892-1982) created Prince Valiant in 1937. Though remaining involved with the strip until his death in 1982, Foster handed the bulk of the scripting and art chores over to his longtime assistant, John Cullen Murphy, in 1971.
Brian M. Kane is the author of Hal Foster: Prince of Illustrators and James Bama: American Realist. He teaches in the Illustration Department at the Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio. He has a Masters Degree in History of Art from The Ohio State University where he is currently working on his Ph.D. in Art Education with an emphasis in Visual Culture.
Prince Valiant, Volume 1: 1937-1938 4.5 out of 5based on
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing
More than 1 year ago
As I've said before - it's fun to see Val in the early days, his starting out as a knight (well, knight-in-training). I finally have my own copy of this story - I've read it often before, but always in a library copy. The story goes from the beginning - Val's father's exile - through the prophecy, Val off to Camelot, a couple quests (including the demon-mask one), Ilene, Arn, Val's first tournament, and his return to the fens and decision to urge his father to regain his throne. It ends as Val alerts Camelot to the Saxon invasion. The artwork is, probably, better than I've seen before - nothing spectacular, though. There's an interview with Hal and some biographic info I didn't know, as well as some info about the strip and other artists involved. All nice, nothing wonderful. If I had this story before, there'd be little reason to get this unless I were particularly interested in the art; since I didn't have it, I'm pleased I got it. When this series starts to overlap the books I do have, though, I'll have to think about it.
More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan then you will want this. If you know someone who will enjoy this like a pre-teen or teenager then give it as a gift I feel in love with the strip over 25 years ago as a young boy, I still enjoy re-reading this story.
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