[[caption-width-right:350:The cover of the first issue.]]
Back in the heyday of the UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem, Creator/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:
* 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.
* AdaptationDistillation: In the storyline of the [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink second game]], the sleeping Princess Zelda is meant to be the "first generation" of Zelda (at the time), as it was decreed every female born into the royal family was to be named after her. Likely due to the confusion that the previously-rescued younger Zelda [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome inexplicably disappeared]] in that title, the writers simplified this detail and seem to have [[CompositeCharacter merged both characters]].
* 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).
* AdaptationExpansion: The [[AllThereInTheManual storyline]] of the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI original game]] briefly states that Link visited Hyrule from an unspecified country. This is elaborated in these comics, where Link is explained to have originated from a neighboring kingdom west of Death Mountain called Calatia, where his family still lives. This piece of his personal history is not found in any other part of the ''Zelda'' franchise, and later Links would almost always be a native citizen of Hyrule.
** In addition, the game-accurate map of Hyrule included with the first issue mentions Spryte from the cartoon series as the lone fairy residing at the eastern spring (and her father Oberon residing to the north), with her comic counterpart Miff as the other fairy at the western spring.
* 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: Surprising few fans as the comic was alternate continuity to begin with, ''Hyrule Historia'', which contains the series' official timeline theory, doesn't explicitly count any non-videogame media and leaves ''The Adventure of Link'' as the last known event of that chronology.
* 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.
* DisintegratorRay: Link's sword beams, off and on. While the comic did not often make a point of showing enemies being defeated, on a few occasions, enemies that got hit with this were completely enveloped in pink light and then presumably vaporized.
* 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."
* EvilMakesYouUgly: One of the first series to imply Ganon was once a human, in this case transformed by his misuse of the Triforce of Power. [[spoiler: Similar happens to Link when he starts to misuse it.]]
* 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: Link's Shadow 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.
* GenerationXerox: One of the major clues regarding Zelda's mother.
* GiveGeeksAChance: Link and Zelda aren't officially dating in the comics, but the general implication is that there's a strong attraction between the two. While Link isn't precisely ''ugly,'' he's kind of goofy-looking with a long nose just like in ''Zelda II'', and appears even moreso next to the beautiful princess.
* 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.
* HeroicSacrifice: In "The Price", Link decides tossing away the Triforce of Power and dying is better than living the rest of his life like Ganon. Thankfully, the Triforce of Courage restores him to life.
* 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: Link's Shadow returns to fight Link once more in "Coming Home."
* MissingMom: A very interesting subversion in Zelda's case. While it is never explicitly revealed, there are several blatant implications (such as flirting with Harkinian and a curiously parental love for Zelda) that Zelda was born out of wedlock, and her mother [[spoiler: is actually Seline, the neighboring kingdom's queen.]]
* 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.
* 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
* [[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.
* 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.
* WhatTheHellHero: Zelda does this throughout "The Price" up to and including pointing out that being corrupted by the Triforce of Power has caused the Triforce of Courage to pull a ScrewThisImOuttaHere on Link.