Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Allan Holtz has a wonderful site titillatingly titled the Stripper's Guide. It's about comic strips.

He recently reviewed the new PRINCE VALIANT book titled THE PRINCE VALIANT PAGE, which features great art by the current artist, Gary Gianni.

"Gianni shows several of his early PV pages along with Murphy's comments and corrections. Murphy's corrections are heart-rending in their constant admonitions to Gianni to drop details and shading that would turn to mud in the printed form. If only these damn newspapers would give strips like Prince Valiant some space! What a glorious page Gianni could produce for us if only they'd give him some elbow room. As it is Gianni's work on Prince Valiant is terrific, but oh, what it could be!"

There is a lot of behind-the-scenes material, as well as several pull out gatefolds. This all comes as welcome news to me and I'm glad Allan has posted his review. Now I want it too!

The book has a foreword by Mike Mignola (the guy who created Hellboy) and an introduction by Robert Wagner (the guy who was PV in the movies).

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