As this fourth volume begins, Prince Valiant, haunted by the lovely Aleta, seeks Merlin's wise counsel. This brief episode segues into one of Hal Foster's patented epics, "The Long Voyage to Thule," which ran for seven straight months and featured Valiant's return to his birthplace and reunion with his father. Of course, Foster's astonishingly detailed and evocative depictions of Val's homeland contribute greatly to this sprawling epic.
After a series of shorter adventures including "The Seductress," "The Call of the Sea," and "The Jealous Cripple," Val finally decides he can stand it no more and sets out to find his long-lost love. Long-time fans know that his quest will eventually be successful, but Foster throws so many obstacles in the way of true love that the saga "The Winning of Aleta" would end up stretching a full year and a half, well into the next volume.
This volume also features the debut of Foster's charming "The Mediæval Castle" strip, and an introductory essay by Foster scholar Brian M. Kane.
With stunning art reproduced directly from pristine printer's proofs, Fantagraphics has introduced a new generation to Foster's masterpiece, while providing long-time fans with the ultimate, definitive version of the strip.
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“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