Tuesday, June 30, 2020

No Way of Knowing



Art and text: Hal Foster and John Cullen Murphy (from page 1796, July 11, 1971).
Source: Prince Valiant (Vol. 18): 1971-1972 – Hal Foster and John Cullen Murphy (Fantagraphics Books, 2018).

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Merlin Ambrosius








See also the previous posts:
Rumours
A Distant Memory
The Forest

Art: John Cullen Murphy (circa 1983).
Text: Cullen Murphy.
Source: The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia); from the collection of Michael J. Bayly (circa 1985).

Sunday, June 7, 2020

More Terrible Than Expected



See also the previous posts:
A Most Wondrous Thing
Brogut of the Raven Clan
Lake Dragons

Art: Gary Gianni (from page 3554, March 20, 2005).
Text: Mark Schultz.
Source: Prince Valiant: Far from Camelot – Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008).

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Commemorating Hal Foster and Prince Valiant


Kevin Sollows‎ recently shared the following message and photos with the Hal Foster's "Prince Valiant" Purists Facebook page.

Greetings from Nova Scotia!

Earlier this week, a stainless steel plaque commemorating Hal Foster and his creation Prince Valiant was installed by Emera Corporation in Foster’s hometown of Halifax, NS. Emera owns an electrical utility, Nova Scotia Power, a company with roots back to the same Lower Water Street site.

When Foster was a boy, the neighbours to the north of his grandfather Stevens’ house were the many horses of the tramway company, which were retired in favour of a new-fangled machine called an electrical generator. Now, over a century later, the trams and most of the old neighbourhood are long gone, but there is still electrical equipment working at the site, surrounded by the large concrete firewall visible in the accompanying photos. In light of how many horses he later drew for Prince Valiant, it is interesting that Foster was familiar with the sights, sounds and smells of a large horse barn from the time of his birth.

The effort to have a commemoration for Foster installed at this site began nearly two decades ago, with the publication of Dr. Brian M. Kane’s book, titled Hal Foster, Prince of Illustrators, Father of the Adventure Strip, and it is a pleasure to share the news of the installation here today.



See also the previous posts:
How It All Began
Mark Schultz on Prince Valiant as an American Invention
"He Wasn't a Superhero But He Was a Hero"
Celebrating 83 Years of Prince Valiant

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

This Pointless Existence



Art and text: Hal Foster (from page 1774, February 7, 1971).
Source: Prince Valiant (Vol. 18): 1971-1972 – Hal Foster and John Cullen Murphy (Fantagraphics Books, 2018).

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Forest








NEXT: Merlin Ambrosius


See also the previous posts:
Rumours
A Distant Memory

Art: John Cullen Murphy (circa 1983).
Text: Cullen Murphy.
Source: The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia); from the collection of Michael J. Bayly (circa 1985).

Saturday, April 11, 2020

“What Could You Do – Sprout Wings?”




See also the previous posts:
Harpies!
Like Locusts

Art: Gary Gianni (from page 3684, September 16, 2007).
Text: Mark Schultz.
Source: Prince Valiant: Far from Camelot – Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008).