Hal Foster's masterpiece of adventure enters its second decade as Valiant and Aleta journey to "The New World," a 16-month epic that allows Foster to draw some of his spectacular native Canadian backgrounds, and during which Aleta gives birth to Arn and acquires her Indian nurse, Tillicum. Most of the rest of the book is taken up with the action-packed five-month sequence "The Mad King," during which Val, back at Camelot, confronts the evil, fat little King Tourien of Cornwall.
This volume is rounded off with an essay by Foster scholar Brian M. Kane (The Prince Valiant Companion) discussing Foster's depiction of "Indians" as it relates to other interpretations of the times, accompanied by various graphic goodies including our most spectacular bonus feature yet a double-sized fold-out page reproducing a strip hand-colored by Foster plus a previously unpublished camping cartoon by Foster from circa 1915, some of Foster's Mountie paintings, Foster's own map of Val's voyage to/from the New World, and more rare photos and art.
As always, this volume is shot directly from Foster's personal collection of syndicate proofs, their glorious colors restored to create an unprecedentedly sumptuous reading experience.
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