Saturday, April 14, 2012

Karen Saves the Day

When Prince Valiant leads the charge to drive back a pirate invasion of the Misty Isles, he leaves the western gate of the city ajar and unguarded. It is his teenage daughter Karen, the would-be Amazon, who rallies the women of the district to close the gate, defend the walls, and hold the invaders at bay until her father, "sick with humiliation," returns.

Art: Hal Foster and John Cullen Murphy (from installment #2136, January 15, 1978). At this point in Prince Valiant's run, John Cullen Murphy, who had been quietly assisting Hal Foster since 1970, was well into his first decade of drawing the strip over Foster's writing and roughs.
Text: Hal Foster.
Source: Prince Valiant (Vol. 48): Return to Camelot, comprising pages, or installments, 2124 (October 23, 1977) through 2167 (August 20, 1978). Fantagraphics Books, 2003.

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