PRINCE VALIANT


 

"Intro"


Prince Valiant was created by cartoonist Harold Foster in in 1937. It is an epic adventure which tells a continuous story of a young prince of Thule, who grows up to become a knight for King Arthur in Camelot. The full stretch of that story now totals more than 4000 Sunday strips. The Sunday strip has been continued every Sunday since 1937. In the early 1970's John Cullen Murphy gradually took over the drawing, but Foster continued to write the story until 1982. Murphy then continued the cartoon with his son Cullen Murphy writing the story. This continued until 2004 when Murphy retired at the age of 84 a few months before he died. The story was then continued by Gary Gianni who made the drawings until 2012 with Cullen Murphy writing the story for a short period. In 2005 Mark Schulz took over writing new adventures. In 2012 Thomas Yeates replaced Gianni


Valiant grows up and get married to the queen of the Misty Isles, Aleta, and they have the children, Arn, Galan, Karen, Valetta and Nathan. Together with various friends Valiant witness many different historical events which took place in the early Middle Ages. Most often he's accompanied by his best friend and fellow knight Sir Gawain


Cartoonists and writers

Hal Foster:August 16, 1892 – July 25, 1982. Foster created the cartoon. He both wrote and drew the strip from 1937 until the early 1970's when John Cullen Murphy gradually took over taking care of the drawings. Foster continued to write the story until 1982. Foster's impact on comic art has been significant in the development of adventure strips, due to his controlled compositions, action scenes and detailed drawings of human anatomy and costume. His Prince Valiant pages are much admired by other artists and loved by fans all over the world

John Cullen Murphy: May 3, 1919 – July 2, 2004. Murphy took over drawing Prince Valiant in the early 1970's and continued to do this until 2004. J.C. Murphy did not write the story which first was written by Foster himself and later by Murphy's son Cullen Murphy.

Cullen Murphy: September 1, 1952. Murphy helped his after with writing the Prince Valiant stories until he retired in 2004

Gary Gianni: 1954. Gianni began drawing the strip in 2004 and continued doing this until March 25, 2012. The stories were written by

Mark Schultz: June 7, 1955. November 1, 2004 he has been the writer of the story

Thomas Yeates: January 19, 1958. On April 1, 2012, Yeates began drawing the weekly comic strip, replacing Gary Gianni.

Prince Valiant Vol. 1 - 1937-38

By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics 2009

Story

Valiant and his family arrive in Britain, where they settle in the moors. Valiant's mother dies. He becomes the squire of Sir Gawaine. He falls in love with Elaine. He becomes a knight of King Arthur's

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
King Aguar
Sir Gawain
King Arthur
Sir Trimtram
Prince Arn
Elaine
Horrit

Prince Valiant Vol. 2 - 1939-40

By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics 2010

Story

Valiant helps bringing his father on the throne in Thule. Valiant takes part in the defense of Andelkrag. He meets Slith. With his friends he fights the huns. He travels with Trimstram and Gawain.

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
King Aguar
Sir Gawain
Slith
King Arthur
Sir Trimtram
Slith

Prince Valiant Vol. 3 - 1941-42 By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics 2011

Story

Valiant travels in the south of Europe and meets Aleta on the Misty Isles. He meets the viking Boltar. He helps defending the north of England against picts and the vikings

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
Sir Gawain
Aleta
King Arthur
Boltar
Angor Wrack

Prince Valiant Vol. 4 - 1943-44 By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics 2011

Story

Valiant visits the moors again and meets Horrit who reveals bit of his future, He makes a voyage back to Thule to visit his father. He has many new adventures in Thule and makes friend with Gundar Harl. When he return to Britain in Camelot, her makes plans with Gawain and Beric to back to the Mediterranean. On the Misty Isles he meets Aleta again. Beric is killed by Aleta's soldiers. The additional story. "The Medieval Castle" begins

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
Horrit
King Aguar
Gundar Harl
Sir Gawain
Aleta
King Arthur

Prince Valiant Vol. 5 - 1945-46 By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics 2012

Story

Valiant kidnaps Aleta and takes her through the desert of Arabia. She makes no try of escape. Valiant finally realizes that they love each other. Aleta is captured by robber king Donardo. Aleta and Valiant are reunited and later they meet Katwin who becomes Aleta's personal maid. They go to King Arthur in Camelot, when Sir Mordred is causing problems. Valiant and Aleta are married and together they go on a new trip to Thule to meets Valiant's father

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
Katwin
Sir Launcelot
Sir Mordred
Sir Gawain
Aleta
King Aguar
King Arthur

Prince Valiant Vol. 6 - 1947-48 By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics 2013

Story

Aleta is captured by Ulfrun who takes her on long voyage with ends upbringing them to America. Valiant and his Thule vikings follow them along with Gundarl Harl and Katwin. In America Aleta is freed and soon after their first son, Arn is born. Indian woman helps taking care of the child and rerun with Valiant and the viking to Europe. Valiant meets his old friend/rival Prince Arn. In Camelot Arn is baptized. "The Medieval Castle" continues.

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
Katwin
Gundar Harl
Tillicum
Aleta
Arn
Prince Arn
King Aguar
Oom Foyat
Boltar
Geoffrey Arf

Prince Valiant Vol. 7 - 1949-50 By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics 2013

Story

In Wales Valiant meets wizard Oom Foyat. Later Valiant goes on new adventures with viking Boltar and he meets young Geoffrey Arf. who becomes Valiant's squire. A new trip to Thule and King Williem

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
Katwin
Gundar Harl
Tillicum
Aleta
King Aguar
Oom Foyat
Boltar
Geoffrey Arf

Prince Valiant Vol. 8 - 1951-52 By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics 2013

Story

In Thule Viking Boltar causes some trouble. Boltar takes nurse Tillicum prisoner, but she manages to escape from him. The end up falling in love and get married. During a stay with Tillicum, Arn is kidnapped by some of Boltar's enemies. Arn and Tillicum free Arn and bring him back to his family in Thule.

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
Katwin
Tillicum
Aleta
King Aguar
Boltar
Geoffrey Arf

Prince Valiant Vol. 9 - 1953-54 By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics 2014

Story

Valiant is by King Arthur sent on a trip to Ireland. Valiant and Sir Gawain go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Valiant and his family visit the Misty Isles followed by Sir Gawain

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
Katwin
Aleta
Arn
Sir Gawain

Prince Valiant Vol. 10 - 1955-56 By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics February 2015

Story

Valiant and Gawain are on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. On a return from the Misty Isles Dragda Khan wishes to kidnap Aleta for his harem; a bad idea! On their return north Val and his family travel through Ukraine and other central European territories. A new visit to Aguar in Thule.

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
Katwin
Aleta
Arn
Sir Gawain
Aguar
Karen & Valetta

Prince Valiant Vol. 11 - 1957-58 By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics June 2015

Story

Valiant and Gawain are checking out possible rebellions and trouble in Cornwall. A new family visit to Thule where Prince Arn is sent to the King Hap-Atla to serve him for a period. During a quest in Wales Sir Gawain has disappeared. Prince Valiant and Sir Waldoc go searching for their friend, and it turns out that Gawain is being held ransom by King Oswick

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
Katwin
Aleta
Prince Arn
Sir Gawain
Aguar
Karen & Valetta
Alfred
Sir Waldoc

Prince Valiant Vol. 12 - 1959-60 By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics December 2015

Story

Valiant and Gawain are checking out possible rebellions and trouble in Cornwall. A new family visit to Thule where Prince Arn is sent to the King Hap-Atla to serve him for a period. During a quest in Wales Sir Gawain has disappeared. Prince Valiant and Sir Waldoc go searching for their friend, and it turns out that Gawain is being held ransom by King Oswick

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
Katwin
Aleta
Prince Arn
Sir Gawain
Aguar
Karen & Valetta
Alfred
Sir Waldoc

Prince Valiant Vol. 13 - 1961-62 By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics June 2016

Story

Valiant welcomes a new member to his family - a baby boy. After an abduction and a period of rebuilding, a peaceful era returns to the Misty Isles. Valiant produces help from the locals on his visit to the Holy City, but they are not all as welcoming as he thinks. Traveling through Italy and Spain, Val searches for an overland trade route and the missing Arn. We are also introduced to Wojan, a powerfully-voiced monk, and Arvak, now dangerously untamed.

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
Katwin
Aleta
Prince Arn
Sir Gawain
Boltar
Wojan
Paul
Taloon

Prince Valiant Vol. 14 - 1963-64 By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics November 2016

Story

Wars and rumours of wars:Prince Valiant finds himself drawn into battles both large and small, while Mordred plots a scandal that will shatter the bonds of the Fellowship of the Round Table. Saxons attack in the battle of Baddon Hill, and the only one who can save King Arthur and the Knights of Camelot is Val's son, Prince Arn. In Thule, a guerrilla war is waged against Val's father, King Aguar.

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
Katwin
Aleta
Prince Arn
Sir Gawain
Boltar
Mordred

Prince Valiant Vol. 15 - 1965-66 By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics June 2017

Story

After traveling the North Atlantic Ocean, shipwrecks and pirate attacks lead Prince Arn and his newly formed crew to the New World, where trade deals soon turn into hostage negotiations. When enemy tribes attack, Arn’s band of Vikings teams up with the Algonquins to repel the invaders, leading to a long-overdue peace treaty and the discovery of the St. Lawrence seaway. Meanwhile, Mordrid plots his revenge and schemes another attack on Camelot when Val and his family are at their most vulnerable. Aleta stirs up gossip when she suffers a case of mistaken identity with a mermaid, the prized Singing Sword is recovered, and Prince Valiant goes on a sensitive mission to find a missing heir.

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
Aleta
Prince Arn
Sir Gawain
Boltar
Mordrid
Karen
Valeta

Prince Valiant Vol. 16 - 1967-68 By Hal Foster
Published by Fantagraphics Nov 7, 2017

Story

The earl of Wickham is dead, and his half brother Sligol now requires taking over the loan, but the earl's widow denies to to comply with this. Consequently, King Arthur asks Prince Valiant to leave to reconcile the conflicting parties and, with him, Valiant takes the young Bala, who dreams of becoming one of the king's knights. When they arrive at Wickwain and demand to see the Earl's testament, Sligol tries to burn it, but Valiant succeeds in saving some of the document, which shows that a neighbor, Sir Grenwold, was aa witness of the signing. While Valiant and the earl's young nephew, Noel, rides off to fetch the neighbor, Bala stays at the castle where he must defend himself against Sligol's armed guards after preventing Sligol's son, Funds, to harm the earl's daughter Meg. Later, Valiant liberates with list and weapon Sir Gawain, who has been captured in North Africa. Together the two travel towards the The Misty Islands, where they will build-up Aleta's army and navy. Especially islands fear an attack from the ruthless Ortho el Bey of Lycia. Valiant's son Arn has travels with a delegation to Lycia to spy on the enemy. During this mission, Arn meets the most beautiful girl he has ever seen.

Main characters in this album:


Prince Valiant
Aleta
Prince Arn
Sir Gawain
King Arthur
Geoffrey Arf
Karen
Valeta
Katwyn

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