Through some Amazon “fishing” a new line of Artist’s Edition style books have been uncovered, Fantagraphics Studio Edition. First up will be Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant.
Here’s the catalog entry courtesy of Jacq Cohen, with the text following.
FANTAGRAPHICS STUDIO EDITION: HAL FOSTER’S PRINCE VALIANT
By Hal Foster
LIKE HAVING A COMIC ART MUSEUM IN YOUR OWN HOME
Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant is an undisputed masterpiece of comics art- painstakingly researched and illustrated. Foster spent more than 50 hours a week crafting every Sunday page. It is no wonder that legendary comics artists such as Jack Kirby, Alex Raymond, Frank Frazetta, Joe Kubert, Gil Kane, Wally Wood, Jim Steranko and dozens more admired, respected and studied his pages. Foster was and remains an artist’s artist, which is why he is in five artistic Halls of Fame — more than any other cartoonist or illustrator. Each one of his Sunday pages stands as a
testament to the unparalleled beauty of visual narrative art.
Fantagraphics’ recent reprints of the Prince Valiant strip, scanned from original color engraver’s proof sheets, have received international acclaim, and now we are printing the Holy Grail of comics art. Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant Artist’s Edition is a 192-page collection scanned from Foster‘s original pages and printed in full color, capturing every nuance of Foster‘s masterly brush strokes. Each page is so rare that the sum total of the original art reprinted in this book would likely cost millions. From Foster‘s very first Prince Valiant page to his very last the public will be treated to a selection of some of the most iconic and beautiful comic art ever made.
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
192 pages, full-color, 17″ x 23 1/4″
Territory: E ● CQ: 1
That’s an astounding size, but not actual size of the artwork: searching auctions show Foster’s originals were usually about 26″ x 34″. From the last sentence it sounds like this will be a single volume. Based on the book’s title this is the first in a new line of original art books from Fantagraphics. This is a preliminary catalog page but it’s interesting to see the book called Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant Artist’s Edition in the last paragraph: we all know where the inspiration comes from. October can’t come soon enough!