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Quality, quality, quality,
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This review is from: Prince Valiant Vol.1: 1937-1938 (Prince Valiant (Fantagraphics)) (Hardcover)
Hal Foster is a new discovery for me and his drawings are magnificent. The cover shows a sample of what is inside although not nearly as good quality as the internal pages. These people have obviously taken a lot of care to produce this volume with the best quality reproduction from original printer's proofs. The book is very big and taller than most of my shelves, but I highly recommend it for the very beautiful artwork. The story is placed convincingly in the time of King Arthur and Foster has worked hard to achieve authenticity in what he has drawn, such that fact and fiction become blended. Prince Valiant is the hero of the piece and the stories basically follow his adventures (and like so many people in stories, he does seem to have rather a lot of them!). There are no mythical dragons, but plenty of drama, fights and the occasional beautiful girl. The stories are very well put together and have pace through the adventures to keep you reading whilst being assaulted by a visual feast. How I wish there were more things of this quality, but today's computer-generated pulp is well and truly put to shame here. I have all three volumes now and am eagerly awaiting the fourth. The price may look a little high, but you definitely get quality here: the paper, the printing, the presentation, the colours, the drawing and the story. Don't take my word for it, get your own copy!
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