We begin this volume with Prince Valiant going on his most daring, and perhaps most dangerous, quest yet: winning back the heart of Queen Aleta. Of course, things don’t go as planned as Aleta’s rival suitor organizes a deadly search party for the gallant Valiant. Back in Camelot, the troubled Zanedon reveals himself to be a runaway groom as the mischievous twins, Karen and Valeta, hide him in their stable. Prince Arn quenches a coup, Val ends a tyrant’s reign with tough love, and domestic chaos runs amok when a poet with a wandering eye makes the Misty Isles his playground.
This volume also includes and introduction by Mort Walker and Brian Walker, and a gallery of miscellaneous Foster Prince Valiant cartoons, including one that hasn’t been reprinted since 1955, and one that has never been printed before. These are a rare glimpse into Foster’s humorous side; they were done for a variety of venues, including the National Cartoonist’s Society, Christmas cards, and private commissions—all funny, all Prince Valiant.
“One of the greatest comic strips of all time and a peak in visual splendor and breath-taking adventure, the story of Prince Valiant’s 30+ year odyssey is getting a marvelous presentation in Fantagraphics’ series of books.” — Huffington Post
“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
“This is the best showcase Foster’s epic creation has had since its original appearance more than 70 years ago.” —Booklist
“A witch named Horrit once prophesied that Val would never know contentment, but fans of the strip will find it here.” — Vanity Fair
“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