(W) Hal Foster (A/CA) John Cullen Murphy
Scum and villainy have entered the ranks of the continent's troubadours, Prince Valiant travels to Jerusalem to recover stolen holy relics and Queen Aleta seeks refuge in a hidden city ruled by women. Plus more dazzling commercial illustration work by Hal Foster. All hail the original Game of Thrones!
(W) Hal Foster (A) John Cullen Murphy, Cullen Murphy
In this volume, there's death, birth, curses, quests, plots, magic, and war. Prince Valiant journeys to the bowels of the Earth on a quest for humanity involving a curse on the Kingdom, monstrous imps, and a mystical casket. Mordred leads an invasion across Britain, culminating in the siege of Camelot. Aleta's pregnancy promises to bring a new child into the family. Arn begins a courtship of Maeve and embarks on quests to obtain the Sacred Ring of India and to find his lost newborn brother. Renowned painter and graphic novelist George Pratt (Batman, Sandman) introduces the volume.
(W) Harold Foster (A) John Cullen Murphy, Cullen Murphy
Fantagraphics is proud to present the 25th volume of one of the most enduring comic strips, based on Arthurian legend, ever created. As this latest collection begins, Val and Arn are in Lappland, where they get involved with two twin brothers' struggle over succession. Arn consults a mystical hermit about whether his destiny intertwines with Maeve's, the daughter of an archenemy. With the sinister Mordred in control of Camelot, Val and Aleta seek to raise an army; this goal requires Val to capture a notorious outlaw, battle a troll, and find a hidden treasure. Arthur's forces come together at High Cross, and he wages an epic battle for the fate of Camelot, during which Arn becomes a knight of the round table. Also included, Prince Valiant writer Cullen Murphy and colorist Meg Murphy pay tribute to their mother, Joan, model for Aleta and other female characters for their father.
(W) Cullen Murphy (A/CA) John Cullen Murphy
Arn takes his wedding vows in a milestone Prince Valiant strip The most visually opulent comic strip in the history of the medium celebrates its 50th anniversary with the marriage of Prince Valiant's son. Val goes in search of a northern spice route, which leads him into adventures among the Balts, the Greeks, the Lapps, and the Chinese. A Trojan Horse deception in reverse nearly wipes out Val's expedition, and a dreamlike encounter north of Cathay involves Yeti and other strange creatures. Back in Britain, Arn's bride strikes a blow against chauvinism and liberates the women of the village of Orr to exercise their true potential. Our series of special slipcased gift sets continues with Vols. 13-15 (1961-1966). Prince Valiant creator Hal Foster (1892-1982) is still considered one of the greatest illustrators to ever grace the newspaper page. John Cullen Murphy (1919-2004) became Foster's hand-picked successor on the strip. Cullen Murphy, editor at Vanity Fair and The Atlantic, scripted the strips drawn by his father.