Prince Valiant, Vol. 1: 1937-1938

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The most gorgeous adventure comic strip of all time, the on-going Prince Valiant Sunday-only comic strip ran for 35 years under its creator, Hal Foster. Foster limned epic swordfights and some of the most beautiful human beings ever to appear in comics. And he matched his nonpareil visual sense with the narrative instincts of a born storyteller. Prince Valiant has previously been widely available only in re-colored, now-out-of print editions (which fetch collectors' prices). Thanks to advances in production technology and newly available original proof sheets, this new series is the first to feature restored artwork that captures every delicate line and chromatic nuance of Foster's masterpiece. Comic strip aficionados will be ecstatic, and younger readers who enjoy classic adventure will be bowled over. Book One also has a rare, in-depth Foster interview.


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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.

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Prince Valiant was a comics-page colossus...one of the most celebrated of all comics...the presentation does justice to Foster’s classic creation.”
- Gordon Flagg, Booklist

“The release... of Prince Valiant, Vol. 1: 1937-1938, the first in a new series of gorgeously printed, hardcover Valiant collections from Fantagraphics Books, served as a bittersweet reminder of the century-long rise and eventual decline of a great American art form, the comic strip.”
- Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer

“This is one of the greatest works of American art of the past century...one of the greatest comics of all time...the greatest adventure comic...[Foster’s] drawings are heartbreakingly beautiful. He understands powerful forms and delicate lines...Prince Valiant has been reprinted before, but this book uses his color engraver’s proofs and it’s a world of difference...It’s so beautiful.”
- Nick Gazin, Vice

“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.”
- Comic Book Resources

“It’s difficult to laud Foster too excessively; he was one of the undisputed masters of the craft. ...a handsome oversize volume... [T]he comic strip’s otherworldly setting and taut characterization keep this an evergreen favorite for readers of all ages, an American epic born of a tale of European romance.”
- Aaron Ragan-Fore, Eugene Weekly

“The strips in Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-1938 are merely the first installment of a massive, groundbreaking, and thoroughly exciting adventure saga that was better than nearly anything during its time, and remains better than nearly anything on the shelves today.”
- Michael C. Lorah, Newsarama

“It’s much more fluid and enjoyable than I would’ve guessed―beautiful work.”
- Timothy Hodler, Robot 6

“A real thing of beauty...the reproduction is as crystal clear as it can be...[Foster’s] exquisite delicate renderings have influenced so many artists who have come after him and it’s not hard to see why so many people are such huge fans of this master of visual story.”
- Joel Meadows, Tripwire

“Foster is justly hailed for his stupendous full-pagers, full of panorama and carefully-researched settings.... We moderns are fortunate that  superb reprint editions of these classics are readily available.”
- Brenda Clough, Book View Cafe Blog

“This first collection of Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant strips has to be seen to be believed―it’s a lovingly crafted, tabloid-sized book with the highest production values. The artwork has been recreated from Foster’s own engraver’s proofs, providing better quality than even the original newspaper run would have got.... a real treat for fans of the original or new readers looking for some classic medieval adventure.”
- Grovel

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