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Hal Foster

Author, Illustrator

(1892 - 1982)

Hal Foster

Harold Rudolf Foster, better known as Hal Foster, was a Canadian-American illustrator best known as the creator of the comic strip Prince Valiant. His drawing style is noted for a high level of draftsmanship and attention to detail.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Foster rode his bike to the United States in 1919.

In 1928, he began one of the earliest adventure comic strips, an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan.

In 1937, he created his signature strip, the weekly Prince Valiant, a fantasy adventure set in mediaeval times. The strip featured Foster’s dextrous, detailed artwork; Foster eschewed word balloons, preferring to have narration and dialogue in captions.



Bibliography

Prince Valiant Volume 1 1937-1938 (2009)

This first volume includes the first strips covering 1937 to 1938. This popular adventure strip, set in the days of King Arthur was written and drawn by Hal Foster from 1937 to 1971. For almost all of the run it was a full-page strip.

Author(s): Hal Foster
Illustrator(s): Hal Foster

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Prince Valiant Volume 1-3 1937-1942 (2017)

This first set includes the first three volumes covering 1937 to 1942. This popular adventure strip, set in the days of King Arthur was written and drawn by Hal Foster from 1937 to 1971. For almost all of the run it was a full-page strip.

Author(s): Hal Foster
Illustrator(s): Hal Foster

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Prince Valiant Volume 2 1939-1940 (2010)

This second volume includes the strips covering 1939 to 1940. This popular adventure strip, set in the days of King Arthur was written and drawn by Hal Foster from 1937 to 1971. For almost all of the run it was a full-page strip.

Author(s): Hal Foster
Illustrator(s): Hal Foster

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Prince Valiant Volume 3 1941-1942 (2011)

This third volume includes the strips covering 1941 to 1942. This popular adventure strip, set in the days of King Arthur was written and drawn by Hal Foster from 1937 to 1971. For almost all of the run it was a full page strip.

Author(s): Hal Foster
Illustrator(s): Hal Foster

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