Now on (and hanging off the edge of) our desks: advance copies of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954! Yet another oversized hardcover to immerse you in Val's colorful, dramatic, funny, cleverly plotted and beautifully illustrated world. It's hard to believe we've reached the halfway point of Foster's solo-billed run on the strip... but it's true!
Astute followers of our updates will recall that advance copies mean the book is about 2 months from being available and know that more previews are in store, and savvy consumers know that early pre-orders mean you get the book sooner than it's available in stores, in most cases. And don't forget, for a limited time, if you pre-order this volume, you can add Volume 10 (due in Fall) to your order at a 20% discount — do it today!
The next volume of our New York Times best-selling series collecting Hal Foster's magnificent comic strip, Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 is due in late June/early July and brings more stories of mystery, adventure, treachery, romance, and humor in the Arthurian age, with Foster's breathtaking artwork immaculately reproduced from original engraver's proofs as always.
In our downloadable preview, Val becomes a literal iconoclast to bring Christianity to a pagan village! But then he falls in the mud, indirectly causes a deadly forest fire, and sulks until his wife beats some sense into him. Their young son Prince Arn embarks on a perilous quest with his trusty companion Sir Gawain, and they encounter Sir Gawain. Then things get serious and Val and Aleta prepare to depart on separate missions of their own.
For a limited time, if you pre-order this volume, you can add Volume 10 (due in Fall) to your order at a 20% discount — do it today!
Another gorgeous volume of Hal Foster's magnum opus is off to the printer! Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 collects two more years of quests, danger, sorcery, family milestones, treachery, and comic relief from one of the greatest illustrators to ever grace the comics page. It almost goes without saying, but a reminder can't hurt: these volumes are scanned from original engraver's proofs, meaning that the strip has never looked better and making this the ultimate Prince Valiant series.
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
"Medieval swordplay and adventure have never been as glorious as in Foster's Sunday-only comic strip.... Prince Valiant is one of the best-drawn comics ever, and this new edition does ample justice to its achievement." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"If you've never read Prince Valiant at all, I highly implore you to give it a shot with Fantagraphics' current hardcover reprints. They're huge, beautiful - the best these strips have looked since their original publication, if not exceeding them. They're world-spanning adventure comics of the highest order - in a pantheon of titles ranging from Corto Maltese to Kamandi to Tintin." - Joe Keatinge
SPECIAL OFFER: Add Prince Valiant Vol. 9 (coming Spring 2014) or Vols. 9 & 10 (coming Fall 2014) to your order for just $27.99 each, a savings of 20% off the cover price! Use the option menu on the product details page to subscribe.
This eighth sumptuous volume of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant concludes "The Missionaries," the epic adventure that follows Val and several of his fellow knights to Rome on a quest for teachers who could bring Christianity to Thule. In the rousing climax of the story, Prince Geoffrey faces a dramatic, life-changing experience. After a brief stay in Camelot (where the irrepressible Val and his friend Gawain indulge in some not-very-knightly hijinks that end up costing them dearly), the two, accompanied by Arf, are summoned back to Thule, where Aleta presents Val with new twin daughters!
"One of the greatest comic strips of all time and a peak in visual splendor and breathtaking adventure, the story of Prince Valiant's 30-plus year odyssey is getting a marvelous presentation in Fantagraphics' series of books…" – The Huffington Post
“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 (Starred Review)
"If you've never read Prince Valiant at all, I highly implore you to give it a shot with Fantagraphics' current hardcover reprints. They're huge, beautiful — the best these strips have looked since their original publication, if not exceeding them. They're world-spanning adventure comics of the highest order — in a pantheon of titles ranging from Corto Maltese to Kamandi to Tintin." – Joe Keatinge
SPECIAL OFFER: Add Prince Valiant Vol. 9 (coming Spring 2014) or Vols. 9 & 10 (coming Fall 2014) to your pre-order for just $27.99 each, a savings of 20% off the cover price! Use the option menu on the product details page to subscribe.
Our continuing reprinting of Hal Foster's sumptuous epic — still scanned directly from Foster's personal collection of syndicate proofs, providing the most spectacular iteration of this material since its original publication in Sunday newspaper supplements 60 years ago — enters the 1950s with this new volume.
The entire first third consists of the second half of the 15-month-long (!) Roman epic "The Missionaries," which includes a dramatic, life-changing experience for Prince Geoffrey (aka "Arf") at its climax. After a brief stay back in Camelot (where the irrepressible Val and his friend Gawain indulge in some not-very-knightly pranks that end up costing them dearly), the two, accompanied by Arf, are summoned back to Thule, where Aleta presents Val with new twin daughters!
Foster also reintroduces such favorite characters as the piratical Boltar and the Indian princess Tillicum (now an unlikely romantic couple), and the year concludes with the beginning of "Valhalla" (another installment in the ongoing story of the problematic Christianization of the Vikings) — which includes one of Foster's most dramatic and gorgeous splash panels (used here on the cover).
And as a back-up, Prince Valiant Volume 8 includes an article by Foster scholar Brian M. Kane on Foster's near-forgotten "Mounties" ad campaign paintings from the 1930s, along with a number of gorgeous reproductions.
Our newest volume of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant opens mid-castle siege, and amid the clangor of battle, young love inspires a bold deed... but will one innocent act of bravery be enough to bring about peace between bitter enemies? Then Val and his band meet some barbarians and some monks, and Val runs into some trouble in the foothills of the Alps. Read all about it in our downloadable excerpt, which presents the first dozen full-page Sunday strips in this volume, which is due to hit shelves next month.
Now that our Kickstarter campaign has wrapped up, we're starting to offer our Spring-Summer 2014 books as plain old regular pre-orders. Our first batch is listed below, and more will become available as they're built into our bookkeeping system (which can be an irregular process). We've also set up a few discounted gift sets to help you save some bucks while building your collection. Be among the first to reserve your copies — hit those links to learn more about each title and start building your shopping cart!
Tally ho, adventure lovers, another volume of Hal Foster's masterpiece is coming your way in a couple of months, as heralded by the appearance of advance copies of Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 in our hallowed halls. A theological thread runs through this volume with storylines about the coming of Christianity to Val's Nordic homeland (see Val getting a lesson on the Norse pantheon with a pre-Lee/Kirby Thor on the cover) along with all the usual derring-do, epic battles, domestic comedy, and dramatic life changes. Pre-order now for your express ticket to comics Valhalla!
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