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Journeying from Camelot to the Misty Isles, Prince Valiant and his family are shipwrecked on an island in the Mediterranean Sea – the "sea of myths." It's an apt description, as this particular island seems to be inhabited by the sirens of Greek myth.
After a miraculous grounding, Prince Valiant finds himself drawn to abandon his family and follow the lure of the sirens' song. This "female spirit," however, is not what it seems. And when at last the unearthly sirens appear, they are wielding very earthly weapons. And yet their leader claims to be Calypso of lore, capable of summoning the one-eyed giant Polyphemus and insisting that Prince Valiant is her long-lost love, Ulysses.
Escaping both Calypso and Polyphemus, Prince Valiant is reunited with his family and his friend Bukota. The shipwrecked party is soon approached by one of the "sirens," Zulfa, who offers to tell her story.
Art: Thomas Yeates (from pages 4025 and 4028-4030, March 30 and April 20 – May 11, 2014).
Text: Mark Schultz.
Source: Comics Kingdom.
See also the previous posts:
• Bound for the Misty Isles
• Sea of Myths
• The Whirlpool
• A Miraculous Grounding
• The Siren's Call
• No Desire to Engage
• The Scylla
• Down They Tumble
• Polyphemus' Fall
• Bukota's Discovery
• “We Must Learn Their Game”
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Sunday, May 5, 2019
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Prince Valiant, his son Galan, and Yuan Chen have journeyed into the Fens in search of the tomb and treasure of Boudicca. They have the ancient warrior queen's shield and a long-passed down rhyme: "When lying flat on Turtle Knoll, with head turned toward the sea, a tiny hole will yield the goal: my treasure trove and me."
Now atop Turtle Knoll, the trio make a startling discovery.
Art: John Cullen Murphy (page 2818, 1991).
Text: Cullen Murphy.
Source: The Sun Herald newspaper (Sydney, Australia), 1993; from the collection of Michael J. Bayly.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
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Sunday, May 27, 2018
My friend John sent me the above installment of the Mother Goose and Grimm comic strip from yesterday's edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
As you can see, it features the Prince of Thule and the Queen of the Misty Isles . . . in Philadelphia, no less!
As the strip humorously notes, the National Cartoonists Society recently met in Philadelphia. According to the Society's official website . . .
The National Cartoonists Society is the world's largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists. It was born in 1946 when groups of cartoonists got together to entertain the troops. They found that they enjoyed each other's company and decided to get together on a regular basis.
Today, the NCS membership roster includes over 500 of the world's major cartoonists, working in many branches of the profession, including newspaper comic strips and panels, comic books, editorial cartoons, animation, gag cartoons, greeting cards, advertising, magazine and book illustration and more.
Membership is limited to established professional cartoonists, with a few exceptions of outstanding persons in affiliated fields. The NCS is not a guild or union, although we have joined forces from time to time to fight for member's rights, and we regularly use our talents to help worthwhile causes.
The NCS's Reuben Award (determined by secret ballot) is presented annually to the Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. The 2017 Reuben recipient, named at this year's event in Philadelphia, is Glen Keane.
Hal Foster, creator of Prince Valiant, won the Reuben in 1957. He would go on to win the NCS's Story Comic Strip Award in 1964 and the Special Features Award in 1966 and 1967, all for Prince Valiant.
Foster's successor, John Cullen Murphy, was honored with the NCS's Story Comic Strip Award in 1971 and again for Prince Valiant in 1974, 1976, 1978, 1984 and 1987. He also received the NCS's Elzie Segar Award in 1983.
Mike Peters, creator of Mother Goose and Grimm, won the Reuben in 1991.