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PRINCE VALIANT Volume 14

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PRINCE VALIANT Volume 14

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Sunday Pages, 1963-64. Our Highest Recommendation. By Hal Foster. Foreword by Roger Stern. In the first story, King Arthur sends Val to North Wales to thwart an attack by King Cidwick, while back in Camelot, Mordred plans a scandal that will break the Fellowship of the Round Table. Fortunately, a battle-weary Val finds some minor respite in the melee known as the Spring tournament, but the festivities are interrupted as an invading army of savage Saxons attack in the Battle of Baddon Hill. The only one who can save King Arthur and the Knights of Camelot is Val’s son, Prince Arn.

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In the first story, King Arthur sends Val to North Wales to thwart an attack by King Cidwick, while back in Camelot, Mordred plans a scandal that will break the Fellowship of the Round Table. Fortunately, a battle-weary Val finds some minor respite in the melee known as the Spring tournament, but the festivities are interrupted as an invading army of savage Saxons attack in the Battle of Baddon Hill. The only one who can save King Arthur and the Knights of Camelot is Val’s son, Prince Arn.

This volume closes with Val returning to his homeland of Thule to rest only to find a guerilla war waging against his father, King Aguar.

Also here is a bonus full color section, with nine pages of Foster's Fine Art Paintings, one of which we reproduce here. There's also photos of Foster and his wife, again one reproduced here.

Roger Stern provides a nicely illustrated forward "Swiping Mr. Foster" which offers examples from Bob Kane, Frank Frazetta (from an Ace Tarzan cover to comic book work), Shelly Moldoff (on the 1940s Hawkman), Jack Kirby (Red Raven Comics), Wally Wood (a Dynamo splash page straight from a Val battle scene), Jeffrey Jones (from his strip "Idyll"), Joe Kubert, even the great Alex Raymond! Eight pages of originals alongside swiped...it's fascinating.

In a second feature, Brian M. Kane submits "Might for Right: A Code of Honor for Sentinels of Liberty" and talks about the panel swipes vs. actually emulating Foster's style of drawing...which was never done! But then he goes on to discuss the code of honor in the series, "At his core Val is a born leader with an unerring sense of fairness: exuding curiosity, nobility, humor, confidence, optimism, and intelligence all wrapped in a cocky swagger than makes him real."

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Item Code PV14H
Publisher Fantagraphics
Publish Date 2016
ISBN 9781606999707
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 11x14
# Pages 112pg
Color Full Color
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