The latest 112-page volume of Fantagraphics' incredible reprinting of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant is available for preorder.
Foster's masterpiece of adventure enters its second decade as Valiant and Aleta journey to The New World, a 16-month epic that allows Foster to draw some of his spectacular native Canadian backgrounds, and during which Aleta gives birth to Arn and acquires her Indian nurse, Tillicum.
Most of the rest of the book is taken up with the action-packed five-month sequence The Mad King, during which Val, back at Camelot, confronts the evil, fat little King Tourien of Cornwall.
This volume is rounded off with an essay by Foster scholar Brian M. Kane (The Prince Valiant Companion) discussing Foster's depiction of "Indians" as it relates to other interpretations of the times, accompanied by various graphic goodies including Fantagraphics' most spectacular bonus feature yet — a double-sized fold-out page reproducing a strip hand-coloured by Foster — plus a previously unpublished camping cartoon by Foster from circa 1915, some of Foster's Mountie paintings, Foster's own map of Val's voyage to/from the New World, and more rare photos and art.
As always, this volume is shot directly from Foster's personal collection of syndicate proofs, their glorious colours restored to create an unprecedentedly sumptuous reading experience.