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Prince Valiant: Far From Camelot Paperback – October 21, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Prince Valiant
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740777378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740777370
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.5 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary Gianni graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and worked as an illustrator for both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. He was handpicked by Murphy to continue the strip in March 2004. He currently resides in Chicago, IL.

www.kingfeatures.com/features/comics/pvaliant/about.htm

After developing a fondness for comic books at an early age, Mark Schultz began writing for the strip in November 2004. In addition, he scripted DC Comics's Man of Steel from 1998 to 2003, and he continues to participate in a number of comic book projects including Star Wars, Aliens, and Predator. He calls northeastern Pennsylvania home.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Tucker VINE VOICE on November 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
First, a proviso:
"No one knows better than I how great Prince Valiant was when the comic strip was produced by Hal Foster himself. As conscientious as I am in maintaining a certain quality, I ultimately have no control over who or how it's printed. If I did, the strip would be presented in the same high-quality fashion as seen in the book entitled The Prince Valiant Page."

That quote is from one of the creative individuals of this adventure strip regarding the quality of this book. It's a fair point so to anyone who is disappointed by the way the book looks do not complain to the creative end. They had little to no say over what lands in your hands. Instead, contact the publisher with any complaints, also the same one that doesn't even credit this book's actual designer.
That said I highly recommend this book because there is nowhere else (other than the actual Sunday newspaper strips if you're lucky enough to get it locally, or through the King Features comic strip subscription service) to see the inspired and very successful efforts of Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz' Prince Valiant. As much as I appreciated the work of John Cullen Murphy to continue what Prince Valiant's creator had started the strip is fun again after years of PC history lessons.
Prince Valliant was created and flawlessly written and drawn by the late Hal Foster.
As he aged and became less able to keep the wonderfully illustrated, full paged, Sunday strip viable he hired John Cullen Murphy to help him out. When Foster passed away Murphy continued the strip until a few years ago when Gianni was hired to assist him and as Murphy retired Gianni became the full time artist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allan Holtz on December 1, 2008
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This reprinting of the first four years of Prince Valiant under the new helm of Gianni and Schultz is an eye-opening experience. Unlike many of you, I do get the Val Sunday page in my local paper, and I've been enjoying Gianni's art despite the criminally small quarter page presentation. What I failed to recognize reading the strip in weekly installments was the superb craftsmanship of Mark Schultz's script.

Under the ridiculous strictures of a strip that tries to advance the storyline in a quarter page (even while sacrificing some of that space for a weekly synopsis) one doesn't expect all that much from a writer, and I confess that on Sunday mornings I failed to recognize the artfulness of the plot that Schultz was weaving. The reprint book gives me the chance to read the entire story at one sitting, though, and under these conditions it's plain that Schultz is a master at working under these severe restrictions.

The story is a long one, a four year adventure in which Val and son Nathan set out from Camelot to find some respite from the boredom of court life. What starts as a simple desire to slay a dragon (!) turns into an epic adventure that eventually takes the pair as far afield as Africa. Against all odds, Schultz manages to keep this epic under control even when following up to three separate plotlines when the adventurers occasionally become separated.

Schultz not only writes a corking good adventure, a real page turner that begs to be read in one marathon bout, but his work is meticulous. His story is peppered with foreshadowing devices that sometimes don't play out for months in newspaper time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Davis on January 14, 2010
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I'm a huge fan of Prince Valiant and have read the entire Hal Foster body of work through the Fantagraphics series which carried Prince Valiant from the beginning to about 1980. But since Foster left the strip for good I've read nothing.

This volume seemed like a good time to jump back on board with a new creative team. And so it proved. I prefer Foster but this collection succeeds on its own terms just fine. The characters seem true to Foster and the plots, which I don't think Foster would have approved of, are interesting and surprisingly fast paced for a weekly Sunday strip.

The plots rely far more on the supernatural, fantastic, and exotic than Foster would have been comfortable with. Foster was a much more down to earth writer and while Prince Valiant could never have been described as authentic it was grounded in realism. The Gianni and Schultz version seems to have been influenced by contemporary trends in cinema where the fantastic is heavily emphasized. Again, I prefer Foster but there's nothing basically wrong with the Gianni and Schultz approach.

One thing that did put me off was the jarring anachronistic teasers for the next strip. "A View to a Kill", "Covert Action", "A Little Payback", "Val's Mission Statement" are just a few samples that can easily break up the mood that has been carefully built up.

I recommend this book to all Prince Valiant fans and fans of fantastic fiction in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Navarro Jr. on August 17, 2010
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I'll beggin by stating my age. I am 67 and have been a devout prince Valiant followre for many years. I have the entire collection of the strip from it's inception utill 1993. Gianni's rendition is, without a doubt, the closest to hal foster's I have seen. It is a delicious experience to turn the pages and see a Prince Valiant that Hal Foster would have been proud to call his own
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