[[caption-width:398:The cover of the first issue.]]
Back in the heyday of the NintendoEntertainmentSystem, ValiantComics was authorized by Creator/{{Nintendo}} to produce the ''ComicBook/NintendoComicsSystem'' -- comic book series based on some of their most popular game titles, including ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' and ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}''. Naturally, given the popularity of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', this too was added to the comics lineup.

Unlike the [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda manga adaptations]] which would be produced for the later games, the Valiant comics did not retell the stories of the NES games. The storylines were set in the Hyrule of the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI original game]] and ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', but took place after the conclusion of the second game. These chronicled the further adventures of Link and Princess Zelda. The comics shared many similarities with the [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda cartoon series]] based on the games which was popular around the same time; Zelda's costume is very similar to that worn by her animated counterpart, and certain other details were used in both media -- for instance, Link owned a horse named Catherine in both the cartoon and the comics, rather than the Epona of the later games. Unlike the cartoon, however, the comic books included the existence of the Triforce of Courage.

Like the rest of the ''ComicBook/NintendoComicsSystem'', the series only lasted for roughly two years. Copies of the comics are regarded by some today to be collectors' items.

Compare other ''Zelda'' comics: ''Magazine/NintendoPower'''s adaptation of ''[[ComicBook/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' and the [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda manga]].

!!The Zelda comic books include examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation[=/=]AdaptationExpansion
* AdaptationDyeJob: Unlike the games, which gave Link brown or reddish-brown hair in his sprite and manual art, the comics present him as a full-on redhead.
** Zelda has reddish hair, while in the original game she had either blond or red hair depending on what artwork you were looking at (most artwork has her as blond, but that was Japanese artwork).
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Zelda makes one of these in "The Price," trying to bring Link back from the dark side.
* AscendedExtra: Bagu, a very minor NPC from ''Zelda II'', is a central character in "Thief in the Night."
* BattleCouple: Whenever they fight side by side.
* BerserkButton: Threatening to harm Zelda is the fastest way to press Link's, as shown more than once.
--> '''Link:''' You just said the wrong thing! ''Nobody'' threatens my girl!
* BigNo: Link in "The Price"
* CanonDiscontinuity: Link in the comics is explained to hail from a neighboring kingdom called Calatia, where his family still lives. This piece of his personal history is not found in any other part of the ''Zelda'' franchise; although the background story of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI the original game]] did state that Link was from another country, his exact homeland was never specified.
* CanonForeigner: Several, including Zelda's father and Link's family.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Zelda behaves like one of these, about both Link and her father, in "Queen of Hearts."
* CombatByChampion: Link defends his homeland's Queen in "Coming Home."
* ComicBookAdaptation: Naturally.
* {{Continuity}}: For a derivative work, the comics are remarkably faithful to the source material on many points.
* CoolHorse: Link's horse Catherine and Zelda's horse Storm
* TheCorruption: What happens to Link when he manages to get the Triforce of Power from Ganon.
* DreadfulMusician: Zelda mistakes Link's serenade for the cries of a dying animal in "Thief in the Night."
* EvilIsEasy: The moral of the storyline "Trust Me."
* EvilTwin: Link's evil doppelganger takes over Calatia and imprisons Queen Seline (and the real Link) in "Coming Home."
* FaceHeelTurn: Link makes one under the influence of the Triforce of Power.
* FairyCompanion: Miff; also, in one storyline, an {{Expy}} of Spryte from the cartoon.
* FakeKing: Dark Link in Calatia, in "Coming Home."
* FourthWallMailSlot: A few issues featured Link and Zelda answering fan mail, which were actual letters sent to Valiant by readers.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: In "Queen of Hearts," Zelda suspects Queen Seline of Calatia of not being as noble as everyone else thinks. [[spoiler: Averted in that she's ''wrong''.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: Zelda is portrayed as a redhead in the comics, as she was in the sprite and manual art of the games.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Long story short, Ganon falls into his own trap in "He Also Serves" after spending the entire story trying to get Link to leave North Castle.
* HostageForMacGuffin: Ganon kidnaps Bagu's pet frogs and forces him to steal the Triforce of Wisdom to get them back, in "Thief in the Night."
* IGaveMyWord: Link's repeated protestation about why he won't leave North Castle in "He Also Serves."
* [[IllGirl Ill Boy]]: In "The Day of the Triforce," Zelda must choose between saving a poisoned child or defeating Ganon once and for all.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Link's reason for helping Zelda leave Hyrule in "Missing In Action," despite his own pain.
* LoveIsInTheAir: The opening scene of the storyline "The Perfect Date."
* MirrorMatch: Dark Link returns to fight Link once more in "Coming Home."
* MissingMom: Zelda's mother is not shown; however, in "Queen of Hearts," it's heavily implied that [[spoiler: Queen Seline of Calatia is actually her mother]].
* NoFourthWall: The main storylines were sometimes interrupted by little sidebar strips in which Link or Zelda addressed the readers directly, such as Link offering detailed advice on how to swing in through your love interest's window.
* TheObiWan: Impa, Zelda's elderly nursemaid.
* OnlyTheWorthyMayPass: According to the guardian of the chamber in "Missing in Action," only Link -- because of the Triforce of Courage -- is worthy to enter and retrieve the magic whistle.
* ParentalAbandonment: ''Averted'' for the only time in the entire ''Zelda'' franchise. Link's family is not only alive and well, he goes to visit them in the storyline "Coming Home."
** Zelda's mother, also... or so it is heavily implied.
* PlayingHardToGet: Zelda
* RedHeadedHero: Link
* [[RedRightHand Red Left Hand]]: Link gets this after obtaining the Triforce of Power.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: King Harkinian makes Link the temporary King of Hyrule, in "It's Good to Be the King," simply by handing over his crown.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Reversed in "Thief in the Night," when Bagu comes to visit and says he's heard all about Zelda, who is not amused to learn that Link told Bagu she was his girlfriend.
* ShoutOut: Some of the comic books contain fake ads which are blatant shout-outs to actual advertisements. An example would be the full-page ad for "Ambrosia Lite," Calatia's favorite beverage, which is a clear parody of a certain well-known beer commercial of the time.
* SmoochOfVictory: As in the cartoon, Link is forever angling for one of these, but never gets it. It's much easier to sympathize with him in the comics, however, since he doesn't ask for a kiss in the middle of a dangerous situation.
* StandardRoyalCourt: The North Palace has one of these as its center of action.
* TenMinuteRetirement: In "Missing in Action," Zelda takes the Triforce of Wisdom with the intention of leaving so Ganon will stop attacking Hyrule. Link's devotion to her persuades her that where she's really safest is wherever he is.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Link and Zelda aren't married in the comics, of course (they appear to be in their late teens), but the general implication is that they will be someday. While Link isn't precisely ''ugly,'' he's kind of goofy-looking, and appears even moreso next to the beautiful princess.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: As opposed to the BelligerentSexualTension of the cartoon.
* WhatHaveIBecome: Link in the storyline "The Price," when he becomes corrupted by the Triforce of Power.