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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-l 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.


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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-l 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.

30 review for Prince Valiant, Vol. 8: 1951-1952

  1. 4 out of 5

    Relstuart

    As with all the proceeding editions this one is beautiful. Foster's art continues to excel. I enjoyed the preface talking about the advertising world Foster worked in and the popularity of the Royal Canadian Mounties in advertising that Foster participated in popularizing. I enjoyed finding out about the Silver Lady award, an award in it's day on par with the Oscars but now discontinued. It was awarded to Foster in 1952. If you have enjoyed the previous Fantagraphic editions you will enjoy this As with all the proceeding editions this one is beautiful. Foster's art continues to excel. I enjoyed the preface talking about the advertising world Foster worked in and the popularity of the Royal Canadian Mounties in advertising that Foster participated in popularizing. I enjoyed finding out about the Silver Lady award, an award in it's day on par with the Oscars but now discontinued. It was awarded to Foster in 1952. If you have enjoyed the previous Fantagraphic editions you will enjoy this one too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Russell Grant

    Another beautiful volume in all ways you want a book to be. Story wise, this one finds Valiant based around home more, dealing with his homelands as opposed to the sweeping traveling of past story arcs. Don't think that means it's dull, there's still plenty of clever action to be found. It appears to be setting up a big story by the end of this one, so volume 9 should be fabulous. Another beautiful volume in all ways you want a book to be. Story wise, this one finds Valiant based around home more, dealing with his homelands as opposed to the sweeping traveling of past story arcs. Don't think that means it's dull, there's still plenty of clever action to be found. It appears to be setting up a big story by the end of this one, so volume 9 should be fabulous.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brian Rogers

    I shouldn't even have to be here. it's Foster's Prince Valiant, it's awesome, go read it. I had wondered how long he'd be able to keep his skill and storytelling level up and I shouldn't have worried - we're 16 years into Val's adventures and they're just as fresh and clever as they were at the start. I shouldn't even have to be here. it's Foster's Prince Valiant, it's awesome, go read it. I had wondered how long he'd be able to keep his skill and storytelling level up and I shouldn't have worried - we're 16 years into Val's adventures and they're just as fresh and clever as they were at the start.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Continued excellence, as Foster crafts the greatest heroine in adventure fiction in the person of Val's wife Aleta, showcases plenty of adventure, conflict and creative resolutions, and mixes in warmth and humor while drawing the dickens out of every single page. Continued excellence, as Foster crafts the greatest heroine in adventure fiction in the person of Val's wife Aleta, showcases plenty of adventure, conflict and creative resolutions, and mixes in warmth and humor while drawing the dickens out of every single page.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    More great work from Foster. The escape through the Alps is very well done. Supporting characters get a lot more page time in this one too.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sean Welch

    I love this series and these editions are definitive.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ed Christenson

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Gaul

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robert Cogswell

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gavin Paul

  12. 4 out of 5

    Godo Stoyke

  13. 5 out of 5

    TinaMaria Larsen

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christian T.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Orange Grim

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thaddeus602

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christian Kell

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erik

  19. 5 out of 5

    GA

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emperorponders

  21. 5 out of 5

    Norman Styers

  22. 5 out of 5

    Zorana

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erik Sjöberg

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Lynn

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rogier Holla

  26. 5 out of 5

    Roger

  27. 4 out of 5

    E.T. Gunnarsson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Marin

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fede Santi

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

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