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PRINCE VALIANT HAL FOSTER FINAL PAGE

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PRINCE VALIANT HAL FOSTER FINAL PAGE

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Publisher File Copy. Hand-numbered from 1500. Recommended. By Hal Foster. In 1971, Hal Foster wrote and drew his final page for his legendary Sunday page. Strip #1788, the culmination of his work that began in 1937, featured a huge final panel showing Val and his friends looking off into the distance, ready for new adventures. And they would have them, as the strip was carried on first by John Cullen Murphy, then by Gary Gianni, and now by Thomas Yeates. Never reproduced full Sunday page size anywhere else.

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In 1971, Hal Foster wrote and drew his final page for his legendary Sunday page. Strip #1788, the culmination of his work that began in 1937, featured a huge final panel showing Val and his friends looking off into the distance, ready for new adventures. And they would have them, as the strip was carried on first by John Cullen Murphy, then by Gary Gianni, and now by Thomas Yeates. Never reproduced full Sunday page size anywhere else.

Shrink-wrapped onto heavy board so that it is ready for display or nicely protected. Shipped flat.

Here's a wonderful story about this page, taken from Brian Kane's upcoming book [Sept., 2019] Creating Prince Valiant Volume 1: Hal Foster Drawings:

"This was Foster’s last fully-illustrated Prince Valiant page. On it, Val, Foster’s hero and graphic/literary avatar, rides off into the proverbial sunset–-three eagles, symbolic of each rider’s souls, soar before them. After the original artwork (above) was returned, Foster removed the glued-on text from panel 3, completed the illustration, watercolored it, and then gave it to his eldest son, Edward Lusher “Ted” Foster II (Canadian-born American, 1916–1985)."

"By comparing the 4-color printed page to the subtly executed watercolors on the original art [which will be illustrated in the upcoming book], we can better understand Foster’s frustration with the constraints of the medium and apparent inability for the color separators to carry out his instructions with any level of finesse."

"Although Foster once commented that he might return to illustrate a Prince Valiant page or two, he never did. Still, Foster’s art graced the color Sunday comics one last time when the landmark P.V., page #2000, June 8, 1975, reprinted Foster vignettes selected from memorable moments in the Prince of Thule’s life (see Prince Valiant Vol 4, p. 49, for a reproduction of that page)."

And here is some more detail, from publisher Rick Norwood:

"A little history: all of Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant were published full page size in newspapers except for the first 15, which only appeared tabloid size, and then his very last strip, which King Features did not offer to newspapers in full page size. That may be why Foster never drew another, though he continued the pencil sketches, the coloring, and the script. The newspapers that had run Prince Valiant full page ran this last Sunday 2/3 page, by cutting the bottom third off all the art. I want to have all of Foster’s Prince Valiant full page, so I reprinted the first 15 full page size in American Epic Book One, and then did [this] print of this last page."

Thus did Norwood publish the three full-page-sized American Epic Prince Valiant collections--all of which are now now out of print. And he also produced this special edition of the final Sunday page. This suffers just a bit from being reproduced straight from a printed page, so it's not quite so clear and crisp as one might see in the current Fantagraphics series. It was done more than 40 years ago and is a product of its day. That said, it's the only way to see this as it was meant to appear, full-page Sunday page size.

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Additional Information

Item Code PVLP
Publisher Manuscript Press
Publish Date Early 1980s
Binding na
Dimensions 17x22
# Pages 1pg
Color Full Color
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