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Val joins a caravan into the desert to try and ransom Sir Gawain from a nomad chief, but ends up a slave himself and endures torture and deprivation. His son Arn goes on his own adventure and meets a lovely young girl who is also a spy for invaders. And there is much more here, love triangles, slave rebellion, greedy governors...Introduction by acclaimed fantasy illustrator, Greg Hildebrandt, and a lavish 14-page back-up article on Foster attending the 1939 Mardi Gras and its influence on the next Val story!
Foster historian Brian M. Kane provides us with great pictures of Foster and his wife at the Mardi Gras, meeting costumed players and seeing the fantasy floats.then discusses how Foster tied all this into his next storyline.
Even while Foster would give up the artistic reins on his creation in 1970, his skills at this point are not diminished in the least. The story is as suspenseful and exciting as ever, moving from Aleta's return to the Misty Isles to an invasion of Val's homeland in Thule.
Foster would hand off the art end of Val to John Cullen Murphy in 1970, but he would continue to write the stories for another ten years, until 1980. The new book, Cartoon County by Cullen Murphy, John's son, chronicles his dad's handling the strip and how son Cullen eventually took over the writing chores in 1980, after some apprentice work with Foster; Cullen went on to write it for the next 14 years.
We understand that Fantagraphics plans to continue these new, top quality hardcover volumes into these next decades of work by Foster as writer, JCM as artist, and eventually Cullen as writer. We hope they won't stop there, but will also pick up Gary Gianni's fine work, and carry on to the present day with Thomas Yeates's tenure, and Mark Schultz's writing for both the Gianni and Yeates Sunday pages.
Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant continues as one of the all-time magnificent adventure comics ever conceived and Fantagraphics’ reprinting is the finest treatment of the strip in the history of publishing.
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Item Code PV16H Publisher Fantagraphics Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781683960645 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 10x14 # Pages 112pg Color Full Color