Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 (Hardcover)
Other Books in Series
This is book number 8 in the Prince Valiant series.
- #1: Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur (CD-Audio): $10.99
- #2: Prince Valiant Vol. 2: 1939-1940 (Hardcover): $38.49
- #3: Prince Valiant Vol. 3: 1941-1942 (Hardcover): $29.99
- #4: Prince Valiant Vol. 4: 1943-1944 (Hardcover): $32.99
- #5: Prince Valiant and the Golden Princess (CD-Audio): $10.99
- #6: Prince Valiant in the New World (Library Edition) (CD-Audio): $19.99
- #7: Prince Valiant and the Three Challenges (Library Edition) (CD-Audio): $19.99
- #9: Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 (Hardcover): $38.50
- #19: Prince Valiant Vol. 19: 1973-1974 (Hardcover): $34.99
Our reprinting of Hal Foster’s run on the Prince Valiant Sunday strip enters the 1950s with this new volume: in these installments, Val travels to Rome, Camelot — and Valhalla!
Our continuing reprinting of Hal Foster’s sumptuous epic — still scanned directly from Foster’s personal collection of syndicate proofs, providing the most spectacular iteration of this material since its original publication in Sunday newspaper supplements 60 years ago — enters the 1950s with this new volume.
The entire first third consists of the second half of the 15-month-long (!) Roman epic “The Missionaries,” which includes a dramatic, life-changing experience for Prince Geoffrey (aka “Arf ”) at its climax. After a brief stay back in Camelot (where the irrepressible Val and his friend Gawain indulge in some not-very-knightly pranks that end up costing them dearly), the two, accompanied by Arf, are summoned back to Thule, where Aleta presents Val with new twin daughters!
Foster also reintroduces such favorite characters as the piratical Boltar and the Indian princess Tillicum (now an unlikely romantic couple), and the year concludes with the beginning of “Valhalla” (another installment in the ongoing story of the problematic Christianization of the Vikings) — which includes one of Foster’s most dramatic and gorgeous splash panels (used here on the cover).
And as a back-up, Prince Valiant Volume 8 includes an article by Foster scholar Brian M. Kane on Foster’s near-forgot-ten “Mounties” ad campaign paintings from the 1930s, along with a number of gorgeous reproductions.
About the Author
Hal Foster (1892-1982) created Prince Valiant in 1937. Though remaining involved with the strip until his death in 1982, Foster handed the bulk of the scripting and art chores over to his longtime assistant, John Cullen Murphy, in 1971.
Brian M. Kane is the author of Hal Foster: Prince of Illustrators and James Bama: American Realist. He teaches in the Illustration Department at the Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio. He has a Masters Degree in History of Art from The Ohio State University where he is currently working on his Ph.D. in Art Education with an emphasis in Visual Culture.