Last Sunday the current creative team for Prince Valiant -- artist Gary Gianni and writer Mark Schultz -- marked the 75th anniversary of the comic strip ("75 Years of Adventure"). This Sunday, they followed up with another retrospective, this time looking back over some of the monsters Val's fought in his career.(click on the image to enlarge)
There's an interesting mix of creatures. The first panel shows the Loch Ness monster, which Val encountered fairly early in the strip's history. The giant crab (in panel 3) and the lizard (in panel 5) come from a more recent adventure in the Sargasso Sea (I say more recent, but it's about four or five years ago at this point).
Still, for those who've been reading the strip for a while, it's a nice tribute. Some of us can look at those panels and think I remember when...
Here's to the next 75 years of adventure -- and the occasional over-sized monster.