Named one of The Best Comics Published in the U.S. in 2010 — Alternatives and Classics by Ambrosia (Brazil)
Listed as a favorite comic of 2010 by Evan Dorkin in a survey of comics creators at Robot 6
For 35 years, Hal Foster created epic adventure and romantic fantasy in
his legendary Sunday strip, Prince Valiant. Realistic in its visual execution and
noble in its subject, depicting a time in which the fabled warriors of history
and legends fought together for the greater good, it remains one of the great
masterpieces of the medium.
In this second volume, Prince Valiant helps his father reclaim his throne in the kingdom of Thule, fights alongside King Arthur, and is made a knight of the
Round Table in recompense for his bravery and wit. Bored by the peace he
helped to create, Val decides to independently pull together the forces to battle
the Huns’ descent on Southern Europe. When Val’s army breaches the Huns’ stronghold, however, he discovers that corruption
reigns still further west in Rome. Thus Val sets off with Sir Gawain and Tristam of Arthurian legend fame, and
the familial kinship of the trio sees them through chivalrous escapades, false imprisonment and daring escapes. By the
end of this volume, they go their separate ways, and Val boards a ship to Sicily—yet a storm approaches, throwing him
off-course, as adventure follows him everywhere.
Fantagraphics is proud to present these strips, which, thanks to the use of original proof sheets and advances in printing
technology, are even brighter and crisper than when they were originally published 70 years ago. Foster’s work,
painterly and sweeping, is finally treated to the grand depiction it deserves. These illustrative, time-honored comic strips
will enthrall old readers and just as easily awe new ones.
Download an EXCLUSIVE 12-page PDF excerpt which includes Mark Schultz's Introduction and 9 strips (6.55 MB). Also, read editor Kim Thompson's Afterword from Vol. 1, detailing the production and restoration of these new editions, right here on our website.
“A witch named Horrit once prophesied that Val would never know contentment, but fans of the strip will find it here.” – Vanity Fair
“Sure I’d read Foster before, but I’d never found a way in. Fortunately,
Fantagraphics recently released Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-38, and I was
able to absorb the material in a wholly new way.... Prince Valiant opens
up a world that I wanted to stay in—a wide-eyed early 20th century
approach to fantasy with a now-vanished sincerity and wholesomeness.
It’s an all too rare pleasure in comics.” – Dan Nadel, Comics Comics
“Medieval swordplay and adventure have never been as glorious as in
Foster’s Sunday-only comic strip. This edition has been reproduced from
pristine printer’s proofs to give the gorgeous artwork its crispest version
ever.... Prince Valiant is one of the best-drawn comics ever, and this new
edition does ample justice to its achievement.” – Publishers Weekly
"For the current Prince Valiant enterprise... Fantagraphics found better source material... [and] the present effort is wonderfully faithful to the originals: not only is the color itself much much better, but the linear detail is stunning. ...[I]t’s the fabulously high quality of the reproduction that makes these volumes a bargain at $29.99 each..." – R.C. Harvey
"Fantagraphics' Prince Valiant reprints are handsome packages, indeed. Presented in a generous 10x14-inch format and starting at the beginning of the series, Hal Foster's art virtually leaps off the page, alive with detail and vigor. With a price point of under $30 per volume, how can you go wrong?"
– John Petty, Comics Buyer's Guide
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