Friday, December 31, 2021

Wednesday, December 29, 2021


Art: John Cullen Murphy (from page 2291, January 4, 1981).
Text: Cullen Murphy
Source: Prince Valiant (Vol. 23): 1981-1982 – Hal Foster and John Cullen Murphy (Fantagraphics Books, 2020).

Monday, December 27, 2021

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Bella Grossi

Art and text: Hal Foster and John Cullen Murphy (from page 1981, January 26, 1975).
Source: Prince Valiant (Vol. 20): 1975-1976 – Hal Foster and John Cullen Murphy (Fantagraphics Books, 2019).

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Princess Mayana

See also the previous post:
Parting Words

Art: John Cullen Murphy (from installment #2377, August 9, 1982).
Source: Prince Valiant, Book Two (Kings Features Syndicate, 1986).

Sunday, December 5, 2021


January 23, 2011 is significant in the history of Prince Valiant as it was on this day that writer Mark Schultz and artist Gary Gianni revealed that Val’s wife, Queen Aleta of the Misty Isles, is a practitioner of “the craft.”

The lead-up to this revelation involves a number of disasterous incidents befalling Val and his family during a stay at Camelot. In time, these calamaties tempt Val to contemplate that a curse is upon them. He shares this with Aleta who responds by hurrying to the market where she “proceeds to judge and purchase a unique array of herbs, roots, oils – and salt. Lots and lots of salt.”

Meanwhile, a new calamity befalls Camelot and Val and his son Arn are blamed.

Writes Schultz: “Val grows despondent, and returns to his chambers, muttering, 'Can my previously charmed life grow any stranger?' He is quick to discover that, yes, it can. Before him kneels Aleta – whom he assumes he knows as well as himself – in the midst of ritual witchcraft!”

Art: Gary Gianni (from page 3899, January 23, 2011).
Text: Mark Schultz.