Efforts are underway to create an exhibit to honor Hal Foster, creator of Prince Valient.
Harold R. Foster was a native of Nova Scotia. According to his obituary in 1982, written by the Associated Press, he rode a bicycle to Chicago–1,670 miles over 14 days–around 1919 to attend the Art Institute and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He was in his late 20s.
After finishing his schooling, he worked in Chicago, illustrating advertisements and magazine covers and, in the late 1920s, began illustrating the “Tarzan” comic strip.
In the mid-1930s, Foster thought of creating his own adventure strip. He came up with “Prince Valiant,” an elaborately drawn, colorful cartoon with a knight from King Arthur’s Round Table as the hero.