Thursday, February 4, 2016
Monday, November 16, 2015
Art: Hal Foster and John Cullen Murphy (from page 2150, April 23, 1978). At this point in Prince Valiant's run, John Cullen Murphy, who had been quietly assisting Hal Foster since 1970, was well into his first decade of drawing the strip over Foster's writing and roughs.
Source: Prince Valiant (Vol. 48): Return to Camelot, comprising pages, or installments, 2124 (October 23, 1977) through 2167 (August 20, 1978). Fantagraphics Books, 2003.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Perhaps like me, you've known for some time that the print version of the Prince Valiant adventure strip has a little something extra . . . an additional panel featuring an illustration under the strip's banner. Although unrelated to the narrative of the story, this illustration nevertheless relates somewhat to the current adventure. Thus it may remain unchanged for weeks, even months at a time.
I dare say the addition of this "banner panel" is to do with the fact that most newspapers print the strip in a horizontal manner (see below) rather than the vertical one that's found online and which Prince Valiant illustrator Thomas Yeates originally creates the strip. One thing's for sure, I enjoy periodically checking the local Sunday paper that runs Prince Valiant to catch the latest "little something extra"!
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Artwork: Thomas Yeates (from Prince Valiant, page 4095, as printed in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, August 2, 2015).
Monday, July 20, 2015
True, "tattered" could be a reference to the young Prince of Thule's clothing in this illustration (he is, after all, depicted as the sole survivor of the siege of Andelhrag), but it's actually describing the state of the cover of the first volume in a series of Prince Valiant comic books my father, Gordon Bayly, collected in 1954-55.
This series was published and distributed in Australia by Associated Newspaper Ltd. of 60-70 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, and printed by Sungravure Ltd, Forbes Street, Woolloomooloo. Although they were published in the mid-1950s, the stories contained in these comic books were reprinted were from the early days of the Prince Valiant adventure strip; 1937-1942 to be specific.
For my 2011 interview with my Dad about his interest in and collecting of Prince Valiant, click here.
See also the previous posts:
• How It All Began
• Prince Valiant Celebrates 75th Anniversary
• A Valiantly First Effort, Wouldn't You Say?
Art: Hal Foster (originally from installment #126, July 9, 1939).