Prince Valiant: 1937-1938 v. 1

Prince Valiant: 1937-1938 v. 1

Hardback Prince Valiant (Fantagraphics)

By (author) Harold Foster

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  • Publisher: Fantagraphics
  • Format: Hardback | 120 pages
  • Dimensions: 264mm x 358mm x 18mm | 1,039g
  • Publication date: 18 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Seattle
  • ISBN 10: 1606991418
  • ISBN 13: 9781606991411
  • Illustrations note: chiefly col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 56,512

Product description

Universally acclaimed as the most stunningly gorgeous adventure comic strip of all time, Prince Valiant ran for 35 years under the virtuoso pen of its creator, Hal Foster. (Such was its popularity that today, decades after Foster s death, it continues to run under different hands.) The giant Sunday-funnies pages (Valiant ran only on Sundays) gave Foster a huge canvas upon which he was able to limn epic swordfights, stunning scenes of pomp and pageantry, and some of the most beautiful human beings male and female ever to appear in comics. And he matched his nonpareil visual sense with the narrative instincts of a born storyteller, propelling his daring young hero from one crisis to another with barely a panel to catch one s breath. Prince Valiant has previously been widely available only in re-colored, somewhat degraded editions (now out of print and fetching collectors prices). Thanks to advances in production technology and newly available original proof sheets, this new series from the industry leader in quality strip classics is the first to feature superb restored artwork that captures every delicate line and chromatic nuance of Foster s original masterpiece. Comic strip aficionados will be ecstatic, and younger readers who enjoy a classic adventure yarn will be bowled over. Volume One is rounded out with a rare, in-depth classic Foster interview previously available only in a long out-of-print issue of The Comics Journal, as well as an informative Afterword detailing the production and restoration of this edition. Nominated for a 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award (Best Archival Collection/Project: Strips)."

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Who knew that Prince Valiant, a comic strip I always assumed appeared nest to the word boredom in the dictionary, was so vibrant, colorful, action-packed and gosh-darned fun?...This new edition ups the ante not just through the fancy hardcover, but via state of the art technology that allows for a pristine detail and rich color In a world where too often most art turns out to be exactly as shallow as first glance suggests, it s nice to discover that something like Prince Valiant is capable of surprising, and even enthralling, the modern reader. "