It was a great pleasure to get another volume of the early Prince Valiant pages. When I was a young man I took the train from the suburbs to the Boston Public Library to view the bound copies of the Boston Post (just to look at the Hal Foster Tarzan and Prince Valiant pages); I would walk through history Sunday by Sunday, copying stunning images in an attempt to capture their beauty with my own pen and ink. At some point it was all transferred to microfilm (I think), but you just can't beat full color on paper. I am very happy that Syracuse University made these great pages available to Fantagraphics Books.
In the end, I gave up on my youthful ambition to become a cartoonist, but I never lost my love of the fabulous artwork. I miss the look and feel of the newsprint (not to mention the full newspaper size), but feel very fortunate to have another volume of Prince Valiant on my shelf, available whenever the mood strikes me to look at Hal Foster's great artwork. I also found the extra materials, especially the article about the Medieval Castle, to be very interesting and informative.