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








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).

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020

A Distant Memory









NEXT: The Forest


See also the previous post:
Rumours

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

Friday, February 28, 2020

Like Locusts







NEXT: “What Could You Do – Sprout Wings?”


See also the previous post:
Harpies!

Art: Gary Gianni (from page 3683, September 9, 2007).
Text: Mark Schultz.
Source: Prince Valiant: Far from Camelot – Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008).

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Celebrating 83 Years of Prince Valiant

Valiant, Prince of Thule, as drawn by Thomas Yeates (2016),
the fourth and current illustrator of the Prince Valiant adventure strip.


Friends, today marks the 83rd anniversary of Prince Valiant, cited as "one of the finest works ever to be produced in the comic art medium." Created in 1937 by Harold R. Foster (1892-1982), Prince Valiant can rightly be considered a massive illustrated novel presented in a comic art-like style.

For A Prince Named Valiant's informative series of posts to mark the 75th anniversary of Prince Valiant, click here, here and here.

For 2017's special 80th anniversary post featuring an insightful article by Brian Kane, click 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.


Right: Current Prince Valiant illustrator Thomas Yeates at Comic-Con 2015 . . . with none other than the Prince of Thule himself!


Yeates took over from Gary Gianni, the third illustrator of Prince Valiant, in April 2012.


For the latest installment (or page) of Prince Valiant, click here.



Above: Prince Valiant, as drawn by Hal Foster (1943).



Above: Prince Valiant, as drawn by John Cullen Murphy (1984). Murphy's son, Cullen, wrote Prince Valiant during his father's tenue.



Above: Prince Valiant and his wife, Queen Aleta of the Misty Isle,
as drawn by Gary Gianni (2004).



Above: An action sequence from page 4309 (September 8, 2019) of Prince Valiant, with art by Thomas Yeates and text by Mark Schultz.


See also the previous posts:
How It All Began
A Valiant First Effort, Wouldn't You Say?
Remembering Episode 3000, 8/7/94
John Cullen Murphy on Prince Valiant: "It's My Duty. I'm Responsible For It"
Former Prince Valiant Writer Cullen Murphy Interviewed by Terry Gross
Mark Schultz on Prince Valiant as an American Invention
Gary Gianni's Prince Valiant: Looking Good
Prince Valiant Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Something Very Special
Thomas Yeates: "My Biggest Thrill is Seeing the Prince Valiant Logo on My Drawings"
"He Wasn't a Superhero But He Was a Hero"
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Comics’ Sweeping Graphic Novel, Prince Valiant, Turns 80