"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
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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!
112-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $34.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-735-2
In our ninth volume, Arn tries his hand at being a warrior, Merlin is bewitched by Nimue, and Tillicum and Boltar have a son named Hatha — the first inter-racial baby "born" in comics. Most of the second half of this volume follows Gawain and Val’s pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem and Queen Aleta's return to the Misty Isles, where treacherous nobles seek her throne... and her death. Also featuring a look at Prince Valiant's 1954 escapades on both the large and small screens by Foster scholar Brian M. Kane. As with all the previous volumes in this highly acclaimed series, these pages are reproduced for the first time from Foster's personal set of color engraver's proofs, the most impeccably produced Prince Valiant series ever produced.
288-page black & white/color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-736-9
Disney’s greatest villain steals the spotlight! The vile Phantom Blot — dressed head-to-foot in his ghostly black cloak — is turning Mouseton upside down and leaving a trail of danger and destruction behind! Can Mickey thwart his plans? Our latest book also finds Mickey battling "Mighty Whalehunter" Pegleg Pete on the high seas and meeting a powerful genie! Lovingly restored from Disney's original proof sheets, this volume also includes more than 30 pages of extras! You'll enjoy rare behind-the-scenes art, vintage publicity material, and fascinating commentary by a most-wanted list of Disney scholars. Walt Disney often said that his studio's success "all started with a Mouse" — now it’s time to rediscover the wild, unforgettable personality behind the icon: Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse. Edited by Disney historian David Gerstein and Gary Groth.
Shortly after his baby son Arn is christened, Prince Valiant, along with Sir Gawain, is sent to investigate reports of black magic in wales, where the two find themselves in a pitched battle at Castle Illwynde. After a brief stint home to enjoy his young son, Val and his crew travel to Rome on a quest for teachers who could bring Christianity to Thule. The story climaxes in an escape through the Alps!
“Foster’s meticulously detailed, painstakingly researched, vividly realistic, and often breathtaking illustration made him one of the most revered artists in the comic field.” – Library Journal
"Anyone with a love for fantasy art can only marvel at [Foster's] ability to capture both the gritty down-to-earth feeling of the times as well as those sweeping moments that kindle our sense of wonder.... These books are wonderful — rich and comprehensive..." – Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction
“A witch named Horrit once prophesied that Val would never know contentment, but fans of the strip will find it here.” – Vanity Fair
“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.... Prince Valiant is one of the best-drawn comics ever, and this new edition does ample justice to its achievement.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Fantagraphics' Prince Valiant reprints are handsome packages, indeed. ...Hal Foster's art virtually leaps off the page, alive with detail and vigor." – John Petty, Comics Buyer's Guide
You might think that birth of Prince Valiant's son Arn at the end of the previous volume would have slowed down Val's adventuring, but you would be wrong. After the baby has been christened, Valiant and Gawain are dispatched to investigate reports of black magic in Wales, ending up in pitched battle at the aptly-named Castle Illwynde. Then it's off to Scotland to battle the Picts, and then home yet again for Val to visit his growing boy.
Valiant now enters the 1950s: The Thule winter is hard and bleak, and a prince who has designs on Aleta must be dealt with. Then it's another epic-length story, "The Missionaries," in which Val and several of his fellow knights and crew travel to Rome on a quest for teachers who might bring Christianity to Thule. The story also features an escape through the Alps, far too many red-headed girls, and a tragic, life-changing event for the young squire Geoffrey (a.k.a. "Arf"). And Foster charmingly ends the book with "The Prince Arn Story," a three-week sequence narrated by the toddler.
Prince Valiant Volume 7, once again shot from stunningly crisp and colorful original printer's proofs from Foster's original collection, also features the usual wealth of supplements, including another brace of rarely-seen Foster art, and an introduction by the recently-anointed artist of the ongoing Prince Valiant strip, Thomas Yeates.