Named one of the Best All-Ages Reprints of 2012 at ComicAttack.net
Fully half of this latest volume of Hal Fosters epic masterpiece again scanned from superb syndicate proofs is devoted to the remaining chapters of The Winning of Aleta, a 20-month (!) epic in which Valiant obsessively pursues his bride to be. Not surprisingly this is followed by a sequence called Matrimony, which ends with a newly wed queen adjusting to the luxurious, exciting court life at Camelot.
But Vals marriage does not signal an end to his adventures, quite the contrary. In War in the Forest Val is sent out to spy on encroaching Saxons unknowingly aided by Aleta, who, disguised as a small knight (and dubbed Sir Puny) helps prevent disaster. But the 1946 strips end with Val and Aleta unable to return to Camelot and the displaced couple journeying to Thule
Half the strips in this volume also include the delightful The Medieval Castle, Fosters chronicle of two young boys growing up during the time of the First Crusade but by the end of the 1945 strips this series has ended and the Valiant portion resume its full-page glory.
This volume also features a Foreword by P. Craig Russell, a gallery of Hal Foster's commercial illustration work and an essay titled "Aleta: Water Nymph of the Misty Isles" by Brian M. Kane.
With stunning art reproduced directly from pristine printers proofs, Fantagraphics has introduced a new generation to Fosters masterpiece, while providing long-time fans with the ultimate, definitive version of the strip.
Read editor Kim Thompson's Afterword from Vol. 1, detailing the production and restoration of these new editions, right here on our website.
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Praise for the series:
"While the oversize pages dont approach the expanse of the bygone broadsheet newspapers that were Valiants original home, this is the best showcase Fosters epic creation has had since its original appearance more than 70 years ago." Gordon Flagg, Booklist
"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
Sure Id read Foster before, but Id 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 ina wide-eyed early 20th century approach to fantasy with a now-vanished sincerity and wholesomeness. Its an all too rare pleasure in comics. Dan Nadel, Comics Comics
Medieval swordplay and adventure have never been as glorious as in Fosters Sunday-only comic strip. This edition has been reproduced from pristine printers 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)
"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]ts 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