Sunday, July 18, 2021

Ahead of His Time

By Guest Contributor Brian Kane

Prince Valiant creator Hal Foster was ahead of his time, tackling issues of bullying (the Giant in 1940), women’s rights (Aleta since the 1940s), bi-racial couples and children (Boltar, Tillicum and Hatha – 1952 and 1953), men showing their emotions (1940 Val, Gawain and Tristram parting – “and the tears run freely down bronzed cheeks . . . for in those days brave men had not learned to be ashamed of their emotions.”), and prejudice against the physically disabled, Jews, Arabs, and Blacks.

Because Foster never drew something without a reason, it makes me wonder if a character in Prince Valiant, page #757, August 12, 1951, panel 1, striking a traditionally feminine pose, might be gay. The crew’s reaction is to Arf, “the singer of songs who made the lonely hours of the night watch seem short.” I am not suggesting anything happened between the two, but the crew member’s reaction to Arf’s leaving needs some discussion.

The pose was not uncommon; it appeared in silent films, and is similar to that of Bugs Bunny in drag playing the Valkyrie Brünnhilde in the Chuck Jones classic “What’s Opera, Doc?” (Warner Bros., July 6, 1957 – almost six years after the Foster panel appeared). Any thoughts?

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Saturday, May 8, 2021

No Match


See also the previous posts:
A Man Possessed
Nathan’s Escape

See also:
A First for Prince Valiant

Art: Gary Gianni (from page 3600, February 5, 2006).
Text: Mark Schultz.
Source: Prince Valiant: Far from Camelot – Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008).

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Kalla Khan


Art and text: Hal Foster (from page 160, March 3, 1940).
Source: Prince Valiant (Vol. 2): 1939-1940 – Hal Foster (Fantagraphics Books, 2010).

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Reunited


Art: Gary Gianni (from page 3719, May 18, 2008).
Text: Mark Schultz.
Source: Prince Valiant: Far from Camelot – Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008).

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Camelot in Winter


See also the previous post:
City of Wonder
To the Very Gates of Camelot
The Round Table
“Camelot, You Are Mine!”
The Relief of Camelot

Art: John Cullen Murphy (circa 1980).
Source: The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia); from the collection of Michael J. Bayly (circa 1982).