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An exhibit to honor Hal Foster

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.

Community Comments

#1 robt m gaydos
July/8/2006
@ 1:43 pm

to gianni& schultz, and all others,
i am 71 yrs old, married 48 yrs, 4 grown children.
i have been reading prince valient since i was 4 years old. look forward each sunday to the adventures he endures, and always the novel escapes. the imagination in these weekly strips(not comic, but life learning,to some extent).
i’ve always felt that prince valient, taught me some valuable lessons in life.
thanks so much for all these years of weekly surprises and anticipation of the following week.
best regards, bob gaydos

#2 robt m gaydos
July/8/2006
@ 7:43 am

to gianni& schultz, and all others,
i am 71 yrs old, married 48 yrs, 4 grown children.
i have been reading prince valient since i was 4 years old. look forward each sunday to the adventures he endures, and always the novel escapes. the imagination in these weekly strips(not comic, but life learning,to some extent).
i’ve always felt that prince valient, taught me some valuable lessons in life.
thanks so much for all these years of weekly surprises and anticipation of the following week.
best regards, bob gaydos

#3 Al Meltzer
August/10/2006
@ 6:33 pm

Read PV all my life and was very dissapointed when Mobile Press Regfister dropped it.

#4 Al Meltzer
August/10/2006
@ 12:33 pm

Read PV all my life and was very dissapointed when Mobile Press Regfister dropped it.

#5 John Hazen
January/8/2008
@ 9:25 am

I’m 50+ yrs old, and have been following the PV story for more than 20 yrs. Kudos to Gianni, Shultz for continuing the epic, and perpetuating Hal Foster’s legacy! I look for the comic section (like a little kid) every week before I purchase the NewsPaper. And I’d like to thank those newspapers and editors for keeping Hal’s strip running!
3700 weeks! – Truly DESERVES mentioning on a more mainstream level!
(Is it the longest running strip?)
John H.

#6 John Hazen
January/8/2008
@ 4:25 pm

I’m 50+ yrs old, and have been following the PV story for more than 20 yrs. Kudos to Gianni, Shultz for continuing the epic, and perpetuating Hal Foster’s legacy! I look for the comic section (like a little kid) every week before I purchase the NewsPaper. And I’d like to thank those newspapers and editors for keeping Hal’s strip running!
3700 weeks! – Truly DESERVES mentioning on a more mainstream level!
(Is it the longest running strip?)
John H.

#7 Betty Lohman
January/9/2008
@ 4:11 pm

I echo John’s comments above. I have been reading Prince Valiant since I can remember. I am now 62. That is the only strip I look for in Sundays paper. Thank you for continuing after Mr. Foster’s death. Congratulations also on 3700 weeks. Wow!

#8 Betty Lohman
January/9/2008
@ 9:11 am

I echo John’s comments above. I have been reading Prince Valiant since I can remember. I am now 62. That is the only strip I look for in Sundays paper. Thank you for continuing after Mr. Foster’s death. Congratulations also on 3700 weeks. Wow!

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