Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant is one of the most magnificent adventure comics ever and Fantagraphics’ reprinting is the loveliest treatment of the strip in the history of publishing. This deluxe slipcase set includes volumes four through six of the series, collecting the strip's run from 1943 through 1948!
Vol. 4 features one of Hal Foster's patented epics, "The Long Voyage to Thule," which chronicles Valiant's return to his birthplace and reunion with his father. Also included are a series of shorter adventures including "The Seductress," "The Call of the Sea," and "The Jealous Cripple," as well as the fan-favorite "The Winning of Aleta," in which Val finally sets out to find his long-lost love.
Vol. 5 concludes the epic tale "The Winning of Aleta." 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 Val's 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.
In Vol. 6, 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. Most of the rest of the book is taken up with the action-packed "The Mad King," during which Val, back at Camelot, confronts the evil, fat little King Tourien of Cornwall.
“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