- Full Description
The sumptuous epic -- still scanned directly from Foster's personal collection of syndicate proofs, providing the most spectacular iteration of this material since its original. 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, where Aleta presents Val with new twin daughters!
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.
- Additional Information
Item Code PV08H Publisher Fantagraphics Publish Date 2013 ISBN 9781606996997 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 11x14 # Pages 120pg Color Full Color