Saturday, February 11, 2012

Something Very Special . . .

To mark the February 13 75th anniversary of Prince Valiant, the team currently producing the strip – artist Gary Gianni and writer Mark Schultz – have created something very special . . .

Yes, it's this weekend's installment, page #3914, of the ongoing adventures of Valiant, Prince of Thule and Knight of the Round Table; a page that in harkening back to a surreal adventure experienced by Valiant in his youth, provides a wonderful opportunity for Gianni and Schultz to not only convey the strip's key values of adventure, camaraderie, family and hope, but also highlight and celebrate many of the characters that have appeared throughout Prince Valiant's 75-year history and helped make it one of the most beloved and enduring 'comic' strips of all time.

Be sure to click on the image above for a larger view!

These highlighted characters include Valiant's wife Aleta, eldest son Arn, twin daughters Karen and Valeta, second son Galan, father King Aguar of Thule, good King Arthur of Camelot, Sir Gawain, Sir Tristram, Horrit of the Fens, Boltar, Tillicum, Geoffrey, Gundar Harl, Angor Wrack, Makeda, Sir Lancelot and Prince Arn of Ord.

And if you look carefully you'll see standing with the wizard Merlin none other than Hal Foster (1892-1982), the creator of Prince Valiant, and his successor John Cullen Murphy (1919-2004), who drew the strip for over 30 years before passing it on to Gianni in 2004.

Without doubt, Gianni and Schultz's 75th anniversary page is a beautiful and fitting tribute to Prince Valiant, the greatest work ever produced in the comic art medium.

See also the previous post:
Prince Valiant Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Recommended Off-site Links:
Happy 75th Birthday, Prince Valiant! – Tyler Tichelaar (Children of Arthur, February 1, 2012).
Supporting Cast: Happy Wedding Anniversary, Aleta and (February 10, 2012).


  1. This is a great tribute, I agree! As it is your blog, too. ;)

    I'm just not sure who is that minstrel right from Makeda? Below her is Tristan, and I think that right from minstrel is Angor Wrack...

    Oh, and they have forgotten little Nathan! :))

    I like this PV page very much. It is very simple, but very touching...

  2. Thanks for your comments, Andrej!

    Perhaps the minstrel figure is meant to be Hugh the Fox. Also, I would have liked to have seen Yuan Chen included in the line-up. Regardless, you're right when you say it's a great tribute.



  3. . . . Oh, and I think you're right about Angor Wrack and Sir Tristam. Accordingly, I've added their names to this post!



  4. Thanks for reprinting today's strip on your site for everyone, and for linking to my blog.

    May Prince Valiant know another 75 years, and perhaps eventually know happiness, despite the prophecy!

    Tyler Tichelaar