Updated on 16 October, 2021
Prince Valiant, also known as Prince Valiant in the earlier days of King Arthur, was an American comic strip made by Hal Foster during 1937. It's an extraordinary adventure which has told a continuous ongoing story throughout its history, and to date, the total number of strips to this date tops 4000. It tells the tale of a Prince Who is about to marry his Queen, but who must travel through an enchanted maze in order to accomplish this. He has to overcome enchanted obstacles and confront horrible monsters along the way, all in order to win the affections of the lovely Queen.
The Prince Valiant Comic Strip first appeared in Weekly Highlights Magazine, and from there it spread to other newspapers and magazines. In fact, the popularity of the Prince Valiant Comic Strip is attributed to the fact that it was the first comic strip printed that had no real storyline. The story was simply told to provide entertainment. These strips, or, more accurately, "comics" (not to be confused with comic books), were not written by any real authors, or drawn by any real artists. They therefore, in some ways, have become a part of American culture.
The tradition of printing and publishing Prince Valiant Comic strips did not end with the conclusion of the magazine program. Today, Prince Valiant is still being published. The most recent version of the comic book series features art by Mark Schultz. This artwork appears on most, if not all, of the Prince Valiant Comic strips and is widely accepted among fans of the comic book series. In fact, many of those who collect the Prince Valiant Comic strip do so because they love the funny artwork that Mark Schultz has created for the strip.
A quick look back in time will reveal that Mark Schwitters was actually born in September of 1975 in Cedar Hills, Utah. His father, a construction worker, encouraged him and other members of his family to form a comic book company. After several unsuccessful attempts, the company folded, but Mark kept the rights to the well known superhero strip. He then decided to move to California and open a comic book store. Although he made a decent living, it was not what anyone would consider a lucrative profession, especially since there were no comic books of any sort available at the time.
Two decades later, Prince Valiant became famous when legendary television series "X-Men" was created and brought to television. Many of the characters from the comic strip were changed or made completely different appearances in the series. One of the most drastic changes was the appearance of the Prince. The powerful prince was redesigned as a blond boy in order to make the strip's hero, Professor X, more relatable to the young audience that the show was aimed at. Thus, the Prince Valiant became a beloved character that fans grew to adore.
Since then, Prince Valiant has made appearances in numerous comic strips across the world. The most recent appearance of Prince Valiant was in an English comic strip called "King of the Hill." The character was portrayed as a foul mouthed, arrogant and mean old man who constantly scolded and ridiculed the younger people that worked for him. He constantly told the residents of his hilltop villa that they were being selfish and useless. However, the people of the town eventually forced him to help them rescue their pet dog, Spot. Unfortunately, Prince Valiant and his son, King Cyrus, did not have time to help their friends when they were captured by a group of terrorists led by Mother Tali.
In more recent years, the Prince Valiant has been featured in several cartoons and video games as well as television specials and movies. One of the most popular versions of the comic is the movie "X-men: First Class." The film version of the Prince Valiant is played by Michael Chiklis, while the cartoon version is voiced by Jennifer Aniston (The Pillars of the Earth, The Social Network). Some people prefer to portray Prince Valiant as the wise and wizened old man while other fans prefer to embody the more youthful, carefree and cocky qualities of the character.
In spite of the different incarnations of Prince Valiant, the comic strip is still one of the most popular ones. It's one of those rare comic strips where the writer manages to capture the unique essence of the comic strip without making it completely dependent on a single point of view. There's still humor, romance, action and even some mystery surrounding the life of the prince of Thule. Whether you love the comic strip or hate it, you can't deny the fact that the Prince Valiant has managed to become a worldwide phenomenon. You don't just see him in one place, you'll see him in another, and probably in a few more places soon too.