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PRINCE VALIANT Volume 17

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PRINCE VALIANT Volume 17

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Sunday Pages, 1969-70. Our Highest Recommendation. By Hal Foster. Foreword by Brian M. Kane with Kim Thompson. After his long sojourn in the Mediterranean, Prince Valiant is back in Britain, where he takes on a new, intricate mission on behalf of King Arthur. Here, Valiant finds himself in the middle of a conflict between Saxon settlers and violent Viking raiders. Gawain's return journey to Camelot is fraught with misadventure as he is beset by jealous romantic rivals, a marriage-minded widow and a thieving sorcerer. Young Galan goes on a hunt to capture the fabled unicorn, and Arn, after losing his horse in a Welsh bog, is enslaved and held for ransom.

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After his long sojourn in the Mediterranean, Prince Valiant is back in Britain, where he takes on a new, intricate mission on behalf of King Arthur. Val finds himself in the middle of a conflict between Saxon settlers and violent Viking raiders. Gawain's return journey to Camelot is fraught with misadventure as he is beset by jealous romantic rivals, a marriage-minded widow and a thieving sorcerer. Young Galan goes on a hunt to capture the fabled unicorn, and Arn, after losing his horse in a Welsh bog, is enslaved and held for ransom.

Special Afterword this volume, by Caitlin McGurk and Brian Kane: Hal Foster Juvenilia. Were are treated to ten pages of artwork from Foster's youth, showing the first glimmerings of the young artist's talent and interests, including dragons and humor. Last of all we have a one page tribute by Gary Groth, who at 15 years old was there as Foster received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1969 Phil Seuling Comic Art Convention in New York City. Includes a wonderful picture of Gary, a young Al Williamson, Jeffrey Jones, Gray Morrow, Jerry Weist and others at one of the banquet tables, and a close up of Foster receiving his award from Phil and Carol Seuling, in full color.

The Foreword, also by Foster chronicler Brian Kane, looks at the humor of Foster, with seven pages of selected panels, one Sunday, and one full b&w original page from 1942.

Two more fine years of work as we move closer to the end of Foster's art on the strip. He continued to write PV for ten years after he gave up the reins on the artwork, but he also provided layouts as we will surely see in Brian Kane's informative introductions to each volume.

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Item Code PV17H
Publisher Fantagraphics
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9781683961048
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 10x14
# Pages 112pg
Color Full Color
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