History Comicstrip / PrinceValiant

18th Jun '16 9:31:54 AM Prfnoff
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''Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur'' is a [[NewspaperComics comic strip]] created by Hal Foster, run by King Features Syndicate [[LongRunner from 1937 to the present]] (Foster's last strip was drawn in 1971), that recounted the adventures of the eponymous Norse prince and his family and friends. The comic came out only in the Sunday paper and featured narration juxtaposed with illustrations rather than the usual thought and speech balloons. During most of Hal Foster's lifetime it occupied one whole page of the Sunday funnies. In the 90s it spun off into a MarvelComics limited series not set in Marvel continuity.

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''Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur'' is a [[NewspaperComics comic strip]] created by Hal Foster, run by King Features Syndicate Creator/KingFeaturesSyndicate [[LongRunner from 1937 to the present]] (Foster's last strip was drawn in 1971), that recounted the adventures of the eponymous Norse prince and his family and friends. The comic came out only in the Sunday paper and featured narration juxtaposed with illustrations rather than the usual thought and speech balloons. During most of Hal Foster's lifetime it occupied one whole page of the Sunday funnies. In the 90s it spun off into a MarvelComics limited series not set in Marvel continuity.
4th Jan '16 2:11:53 PM nombretomado
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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The fen dragons in early ''PrinceValiant'' strips were basically gigantic crocodiles who dwelt in the swamps. A much more recent story arc pitted Val against a truly titanic lizard from a LostWorld, which attacked Camelot [[MonsterIsAMommy seeking its stolen egg.]]

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The fen dragons in early ''PrinceValiant'' strips were basically gigantic crocodiles who dwelt in the swamps. A much more recent story arc pitted Val against a truly titanic lizard from a LostWorld, which attacked Camelot [[MonsterIsAMommy seeking its stolen egg.]]
4th Jan '16 2:11:42 PM nombretomado
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!!Tropes associated with ''PrinceValiant'' include:

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!!Tropes associated with ''PrinceValiant'' ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant'' include:
4th Jan '16 2:03:50 PM nombretomado
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* PrintLongRunners: The continuous circulation of the strip since "around the time Hitler invaded Poland" is [[TakeThat mocked]] in ''PearlsBeforeSwine''. Unlike many serial stories, Hal Foster wrote, or at least planned out, Prince Valiant's entire story, start to finish, before he drew so much as a single panel.

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* PrintLongRunners: The continuous circulation of the strip since "around the time Hitler invaded Poland" is [[TakeThat mocked]] in ''PearlsBeforeSwine''.''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine''. Unlike many serial stories, Hal Foster wrote, or at least planned out, Prince Valiant's entire story, start to finish, before he drew so much as a single panel.
18th Aug '15 12:04:55 PM moloch
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''Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur'' is a [[NewspaperComics comic strip]] created by Hal Foster, run by Creator/KingFeaturesSyndicate [[LongRunner from 1937 to the present]] (Foster's last strip was drawn in 1971), that recounted the adventures of the eponymous Norse prince and his family and friends. The comic came out only in the Sunday paper and featured narration juxtaposed with illustrations rather than the usual thought and speech balloons. During most of Hal Foster's lifetime it occupied one whole page of the Sunday funnies. In the 90s it spun off into a MarvelComics limited series not set in Marvel continuity.

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''Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur'' is a [[NewspaperComics comic strip]] created by Hal Foster, run by Creator/KingFeaturesSyndicate King Features Syndicate [[LongRunner from 1937 to the present]] (Foster's last strip was drawn in 1971), that recounted the adventures of the eponymous Norse prince and his family and friends. The comic came out only in the Sunday paper and featured narration juxtaposed with illustrations rather than the usual thought and speech balloons. During most of Hal Foster's lifetime it occupied one whole page of the Sunday funnies. In the 90s it spun off into a MarvelComics limited series not set in Marvel continuity.
18th Jul '15 12:17:19 PM SilentStranger
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** Valiant ''himself'' was this in an early storyline, in spirit and intent if not direct appearance. One reason knights wore black armor was if they had not yet proven themselves, and when Valiant participated in a jousting tournament, he wore a helmet and armor painted white to show his unproven status.
3rd May '15 6:19:30 PM EDTGWRYGRTREYHTR
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3rd May '15 6:13:16 PM nombretomado
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* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: The Dawn People, a.k.a. the [[CelticMythology Thuatha.]]

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* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: The Dawn People, a.k.a. the [[CelticMythology [[Myth/CelticMythology Thuatha.]]
2nd May '15 8:14:40 PM fbhdfhsdfhdhrfyyt
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2nd May '15 8:06:08 PM Phoenixion
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A live action film version, starring Robert Wagner, was produced in 1954. An AnimatedAdaptation, ''The Legend of Prince Valiant'', with Robbie Benson voicing the title role, aired in 1991. It also inspired a well-received TabletopRPG more oriented towards storytelling than HackAndSlash ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''-style roleplay. A live action film version, starring Stephen Moyer and Katherine Heigl, aired in 1997.

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A live action film version, starring Robert Wagner, was produced in 1954. An AnimatedAdaptation, ''The Legend of Prince Valiant'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfPrinceValiant'', with Robbie Benson voicing the title role, aired in 1991. It also inspired a well-received TabletopRPG more oriented towards storytelling than HackAndSlash ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''-style roleplay. A live action film version, starring Stephen Moyer and Katherine Heigl, aired in 1997.




!!Tropes associated with ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant'' the AnimatedAdaptation include:

* ActionGirl: Rowanne and Aleta. Even Queen Guinevere had her moments.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Rowanne for Valiant, Michael and Arn for Rowanne.
* BigBrotherMentor: Valiant to Denys
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Fiona
* BlackVikings: The AmbiguouslyBrown Sir Bryant looks like an example of this at first, until it is explained in a centric episode that he is an exiled Moorish prince who joined King Arthur's knights after arriving in England and suffering quite a few misfortunes there too -- among them the assassination of his wife and son by thieves.
* EnforcedTrope: No magic or dragons were allowed by the Family Channel, but this allowed the writers to get more creative, not less.
** Also averted when it came to its message. The show was pretty liberal for a very conservative network owned by Pat Robertson at the time.
* FaceHeelTurn: Sir Mordred, Sir Kay, and Sir Gideon. Three Knights of the Round Table that ends up betraying Arthur or his ideals.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble : Of the main cast roll, Valiant is choleric, Arn is melancholic, Rowanne is sanguine, Merlin is phlegmatic, and Arthur is leukine.
* GrandFinale: Knowing that the show was going to be cancelled, the writers do an excellent job of wrapping up (most of) the plot-threads and loose ends in a four-part finale.
* TheGoodKing: Arthur
* GreenEyedMonster: Rowanne and Valiant could both be this, even though they don't actually end up together.
* HappilyMarried: Arthur and Guinevere (no sign of Lancelot in this version).
* HeelFaceTurn: Duncan Draconarius, once a ruthless baron of Rowanne's hometown and an enemy of Camelot, he becomes a wise king and an ally of Camelot after seeing the tragic effect of his actions and the mercy of King Arthur.
* TheHighQueen: Guinevere
* KarmicDeath: Many villains fall to their own treachery and on two occasions (Cynan and the Baron of Lionsgate) the actions of a villainous father led to the death of his son, ending the bloodline and leaving the father broken.
* LetsGetDangerous: Guinevere in the finale episode.
* LoveTriangle: Valiant, Rowanne and Arn. It later became a Love Square with the introduction of Princess Aleta.
** Hell, it was a Love Pentagon with Prince Michael of Northland around. This one was seriously complicated and not all that consistent. At first it's revealed that Arn and Valiant are both in love with Rowanne, who sees them both as friends. Then it's never mentioned again until Valiant falls for Aleta, whereupon Rowanne becomes jealous. Then, although the events of that episode should mean that a) Valiant knows how Rowanne feels about him and b) she knows how he feels about Aleta, that doesn't stop Rowanne thinking that Valiant is confessing love for HER, or her being surprised that he isn't. Then, whaddaya know, it turns out Rowanne KNOWS that Arn's in love with her, though there's never been any indication of this before. Then she nearly marries Michael... At the end of the series, Val and Aleta are to be married, however Rowanne chooses duty to Camelot over Michael, ending up being knighted. In the last few episodes, she is mostly seen at Arn's side, leaving their future as a pair ambiguous.
*** Rowanne's character development is about putting feeling of jealously and romantic longing aside for her duty to Camelot, the responsibilities of knighthood, and fighting for justice. By choosing Camelot over Michael, her development as a character is completed, symbolized by her knighting. The Love Pentagon is then reduced to an OfficialCouple.
* LowFantasy : Family Channel discouraged the show from using magic or dragons, so the show writers made the "wizards", such as Merlin, scientists and the "dragons" cannons.
* NeverSayDie: strongly averted....not only is death talked about and characters threatened with....many characters actually die. And on the Family Channel....
* OfficialCouple: Valiant and Aleta. Given that Valiant/Rowanne was heavily [[ShipTease teased]] before Aleta's introduction, one can only ''imagine'' the [[ShipToShipCombat Shipping Wars]] that would have ensued had this cartoon existed in the time of internet fandom.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Due to the Family Channel not allowing the show's producer to use dragons and magic, the shows writers got creative, cannons brought from the far east were thought of as "dragons".
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Arthur, Merlin, Byrant and (sometimes) Gawaine, however Guinevere is the best example.
* RelationshipSabotage: Rowanne tries this on Valiant and Aleta, only for there to be [[CantGetAwayWithNothing some drastic consequences for her actions]]. She then helps bring Aleta and Valiant back together when she saves Valiant with Aleta.
* RulingCouple: Arthur and Guinevere. The show makes it very clear that ruling Camelot is a joint occupation.
* SilkHidingSteel: Aleta.
* VerySpecialEpisode: The show tackled issues such as racism, sexism, child abuse, alcoholism environmentalism, and even gun responsibility (though they used crossbows).
* WarriorPrince: Valiant, obviously.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Valiant and Aleta, at first.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Morgana is missing entirely from the last episode after her plan was exposed in the previous episode.
* WouldHurtAChild: Kirkwood viciously whips Denys (the younger son of Cynan who he sold after the fall of Thule due to Denys's mercy) after Denys returns a pouch to the owner after it was stolen by his band of thieves.
** The episode "The Flute" is about child abuse, where the king beats his son for his clumsiness. Denys also reveals that his father Cynan also beat him.
** In "The Tree", its shown that Sir Bryant's young son was murdered by highwayman trying to defend his fallen mother.
* WorthyOpponent: Morgana calls Merlin this. Mordered calls Valiant this as well.
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