Hal Foster's Prince Valiant, about a noble knight in the days of King Arthur, began in newspapers in 1937 and continues to this day. It was Foster (1892-1982) who introduced illustrative techniques - and the sensibilities and standards of such greats as Howard Pyle - to the comics page. Realistic depictions and sophisticated compositions had been curiously absent before him. He is still considered to be comics' supreme classicist.
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Used availability for Hal Foster's The Singing Sword
September 1995 : USA Paperback