Monday, July 20, 2015

Tattered


True, "tattered" could be a reference to the young Prince of Thule's clothing in this illustration (he is, after all, depicted as the sole survivor of the siege of Andelhrag), but it's actually describing the state of the cover of the first volume in a series of Prince Valiant comic books my father, Gordon Bayly, collected in 1954-55.

This series was published and distributed in Australia by Associated Newspaper Ltd. of 60-70 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, and printed by Sungravure Ltd, Forbes Street, Woolloomooloo. Although they were published in the mid-1950s, the stories contained in these comic books were reprinted were from the early days of the Prince Valiant adventure strip; 1937-1942 to be specific.

For my 2011 interview with my Dad about his interest in and collecting of Prince Valiant, click here.


See also the previous posts:
How It All Began
Prince Valiant Celebrates 75th Anniversary
A Valiantly First Effort, Wouldn't You Say?

Art: Hal Foster (originally from installment #126, July 9, 1939).

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Confronting Orlog, the Would-Be Troll




Art: John Cullen Murphy (1986).
Text: Cullen Murphy.
Source: The Sun Herald newspaper (Sydney, Australia), 1988; from the collection of Michael J. Bayly.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Earthquake!



Art: Gary Gianni (from page 3808, January 31, 2010).
Text: Mark Schultz.
Source: Sunday Telegraph (Sydney, Australia).

Monday, May 25, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

More Than Words



Art: John Cullen Murphy (1986).
Text: Cullen Murphy.
Source: The Sun Herald newspaper (Sydney, Australia), 1988; from the collection of Michael J. Bayly.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Battling the Picts


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Note: Today marks the 78th anniversary of the Prince Valiant adventure strip! For A Prince Named Valiant's special series of posts to mark the 75th anniversary, click here, here and here.

Also, A Prince Named Valiant was launched on the 74th anniversary of Prince Valiant. To read the post that began it all, click here.


Art and text: Hal Foster (from page #659, September 25, 1949).
Source: Prince Valiant (Vol. 7): 1949-1950 – Hal Foster (Fantagraphics Books, 2013).