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PRINCE VALIANT 7-9 Slipcase Set

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Six years of Sunday Pages, 1949-54. Our Highest Recommendation. By Hal Foster. For the third consecutive year, Fantagraphics offers us a new bound set of three Valiant volumes in a specially illustrated slipcase. Vol 7: shortly after his baby son Arn is christened, Val and Sir Gawain are sent to investigate reports of black magic in Wales. Vol 8 continues their long trip, a 15-month epic, to Rome then back to Thule to find twin daughters have joined the family. Vol 9: Gawain and Val's pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem, in a salute to the Crusades, and Queen Aleta's return to the Misty Isles where treacherous nobles seek her throne... and her death.

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For the third consecutive year, Fantagraphics offers us a new bound set of three Valiant volumes in a specially illustrated slipcase. Vol 7: shortly after his baby son Arn is christened, Val and Sir Gawain are sent to investigate reports of black magic in Wales. Vol 8 continues their long trip, a 15-month epic, to Rome then back to Thule to find twin daughters have joined the family. Vol 9: Gawain and Val's pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem, in a salute to the Crusades, and Queen Aleta's return to the Misty Isles where treacherous nobles seek her throne... and her death.

More on Volume 7: Soon the two find themselves in pitched battle at Castle Illwynde. After a brief stint home, Val and his crew travel to Rome on a quest for teachers to bring to his homelands of Thule. The story climaxes in an escape through the Alps.

Artist Thomas Yeates who now draws the Sunday Prince Valiant page, provides the foreword here, "The Long Shadow of Hal Foster." He talks about and illustrates Foster's influence on artists including Joe Kubert, Wally Wood, Frank Frazetta and Jeffrey Jones. A rare Foster watercolor of a white water canoe trip is included, as well as one of Yeates' most recent panels. Also, Brian Kane looks at Hal Foster's "See America First" advertising campaign for the Union Pacific Railroad, showcased with his full color magazine ads for Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon. Rare photos of Foster's family in the 1920s and 1930s are also included.

More on Volume 8: The entire first third consists of the second half of the 15-month-long (!) Roman epic "The Missionaries," which includes a dramatic, life-changing experience for Prince Geoffrey at its climax. After a brief stay back in Camelot (where the irrepressible Val and his friend Gawain indulge in some not-very-knightly pranks that end up costing them dearly), the two are summoned back to Thule.

Foster also reintroduces such favorite characters as the piratical Boltar and the Indian princess Tillicum (now an unlikely romantic couple), and the year concludes with the beginning of "Valhalla" (another installment in the ongoing story of the problematic Christianization of the Vikings) -- which includes one of Foster's most dramatic and gorgeous splash panels (used here on the cover).

This is a volume of panoramic action...the destruction, using tunnels and a stream, of Sigurd's stronghold. Val tells the story of his siege of Andelcrag, a highpoint battle of the 1940s strips, the birth and christening of Val and Aleta's twins...Foster just gets better and better here.

And as an extra, a long feature by Foster scholar Brian M. Kane on Foster's near-forgotten "Mounties" ad campaign paintings from the 1930s, along with a number of gorgeous reproductions, from original artwork, magazine covers, and tear sheets of ads. Plus a wonderful picture of Foster at his drawing board.

More on Volume 9:Val's young son Arn tries his hand at being a warrior, Merlin is bewitched by Nimue, and Tillicum and Boltar have a son named Hatha--the first interracial baby "born" in comics.

Also featuring a look at Prince Valiant's 1954 escapades on both the large and small screens by Foster scholar Brian M. Kane. Includes film posters, photos of the entire cast along with stars Robert Wagner and Janet Leigh, as well as Foster and his wife at the film premiere and on the set of "This Is Your Life."

Plus artist Mark Schultz, who currently writes the PV Sunday Page, provides the Foreword: "More Than Pretty Pictures: Storytelling Beyond Genre, Gender, and Medium." In it he includes a reproduction, from the original art, of a beautiful 1954 page starring Aleta, and explains how Foster's own vivacious young wife was the inspiration for Aleta's character. Several photos of her from 1919 to 1930 are here.

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This latest hardcover series offers the finest reproduction to date, along with a handsome large size to enjoy every page. Striking cloth hardcover with full color cover and gold highlights.The sumptuous production -- still scanned directly from Foster's personal collection of syndicate proofs — provides the most spectacular iteration of this material since its original.

In Vols. 7-9 of the Arthurian newspaper comic strip, Prince Valiant and Aleta battle black magic; Arn is christened; Nimue bewitches Merlin; and more.

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Additional Information

Item Code PVS03P
Publisher Fantagraphics
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9781683962489
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 11x14
# Pages 336pg
Color Full Color
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