Friday, October 16, 2020

Unfinished Business


Art and text: Hal Foster (from page 809, August 10, 1952).
Source: Prince Valiant (Vol. 8): 1951-1952 – Hal Foster (Fantagraphics Books, 2014).

Friday, October 9, 2020

At Odds


See also the previous posts:
Brogut of the Raven Clan
A Most Wondrous Thing
More Terrible Than Expected
Lake Dragons
Mesmerized

Art: Gary Gianni (from page 3560, May 1, 2005).
Text: Mark Schultz.
Source: Prince Valiant: Far from Camelot – Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008).

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Prince Arn, Regent of Camelot


Last week’s page saw the welcome return of Arn and his family to the Prince Valiant saga.

Prince Arn is the first-born of Prince Valiant of Thule and Queen Aleta of the Misty Isles. In his youth, Arn was smitten by Maeve, a woman of great mystery. In time it was revealed that Maeve was King Arthur’s niece, the daughter of his evil half-brother Mordred.

After many trials and tribulations, Arn and Maeve eventually married. They have a young daughter named Ingrid, whom Arthur decreed the heir to his throne.

When Arthur retired to a life of solitude and seclusion, he made his niece and her spouse the co-regents of his realm until Ingrid comes of age.

Page #4363 (September 20, 2020) of Prince Valiant shows Arn for the first time in a long time. It's been just as long since Maeve has made an appearance, and even longer for little Ingrid.

Of the five children of Val and Aleta, the three who have figured most prominently in the strip over the past decade are the youngest, Nathan, and the twins, Karen and Valeta. The one who has been seen the least is Galan, who for years has been studying medicine in far-off Jerusalem.



At long last [back in Britain], Val, Aleta and Nathan report their travels in the southern and eastern worlds to Camelot's regents, Arn and Maeve, and to Ingrid – the heir to Arthur's throne. As they are all family, separated for years, there is much exchange, and gossip well outside the bounds of official court business.


Art: Thomas Yeates (from page 4363, September 20, 2020).
Text: Mark Schultz.
Source: Comics Kingdom.

See also the previous posts:
Reunion
A Sweet Reunion
“We Are the Daughters of the Queen of the Misty Isles and the Prince of Thule”
The Return of Karen and Valeta
Marital Woes
A Valiant First Effort, Wouldn't You Say?

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Waldo’s Tale


NEXT: Valley of Death


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

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Thwarted





NEXT: On the Battlements


See also the previous posts:
Neshem's Proposal
Far From Beaten
No Choice
Man of Action
Man of Action II

Art: Gary Gianni (from page 3704, February 3, 2008).
Text: Mark Schultz.
Source: Prince Valiant: Far from Camelot – Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008).

Sunday, August 16, 2020

A Great Longing



Art and text: Hal Foster and John Cullen Murphy (from page 1857, September 10, 1972).
Source: Prince Valiant (Vol. 18): 1971-1972 – Hal Foster and John Cullen Murphy (Fantagraphics Books, 2018).

Sunday, August 2, 2020

The Ring








See also the previous posts:
Rumours
A Distant Memory
The Forest
Merlin Ambrosius

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

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Mesmerized



See also the previous posts:
Brogut of the Raven Clan
A Most Wondrous Thing
More Terrible Than Expected
Lake Dragons

Art: Gary Gianni (from page 3557, April 20, 2005).
Text: Mark Schultz.
Source: Prince Valiant: Far from Camelot – Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008).

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

No Way of Knowing



Art and text: Hal Foster and John Cullen Murphy (from page 1796, July 11, 1971).
Source: Prince Valiant (Vol. 18): 1971-1972 – Hal Foster and John Cullen Murphy (Fantagraphics Books, 2018).

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Merlin Ambrosius








NEXT: The Ring


See also the previous posts:
Rumours
A Distant Memory
The Forest

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

Sunday, June 7, 2020

More Terrible Than Expected



See also the previous posts:
A Most Wondrous Thing
Brogut of the Raven Clan
Lake Dragons

Art: Gary Gianni (from page 3554, March 20, 2005).
Text: Mark Schultz.
Source: Prince Valiant: Far from Camelot – Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008).

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








NEXT: Merlin Ambrosius


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).