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Travel Bug Dog Tag Comics-Prince Valiant TB2

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Released:
Monday, 21 December 2015
Origin:
Texas, United States
Recently Spotted:
In O Mar

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Please drop this item in rural OR Premium Member Only caches.  Do not place it in an urban cache or abandon it at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; this prevents tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take this travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission needed to leave the U.S. 

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About This Item

comicsprince-valiant

My youth was in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  Drawing from that period, this is one of a series of travel bugs made to commemorate favorite characters from comic books, comic strips, movie cartoons, B-movies and animated feature-length movies.  Some of the characters had only a brief existence, some survived as radio and early TV programs and some have been digitally-modernized into some of the blockbuster movies of today.  There were many other characters, but these are the ones on which I was willing to spend my dimes (comic books) and quarters (movie and popcorn).  However, I didn’t pay for the daily comic strips or Sunday funnies that came with the newspaper.

Prince Valiant is a long-running comic strip created by Hal Foster in 1937.  It is an epic adventure that has told a continuous story during its entire history, and the full stretch of that story now totals more than 4000 Sunday strips.  Currently, the strip appears weekly in more than 300 American newspapers, according to its distributor, King Features Syndicate.

Edward, the Duke of Windsor, called Prince Valiant the "greatest contribution to English literature in the past hundred years."  Generally regarded by comics historians as one of the most impressive visual creations ever syndicated, the strip is noted for its realistically rendered panoramas and the intelligent, sometimes humorous, narrative.  The format does not employ word balloons.  Instead, the story is narrated in captions positioned at the bottom or sides of panels.  Events depicted are taken from various time periods, from the late Roman Empire to the High Middle Ages.

The setting is Arthurian. Valiant is a Nordic prince from faraway Thule, located near Trondheim on the Norwegian west coast.  Early in the story, Valiant arrived at Camelot, where he became friends with Sir Gawain and Sir Tristram.  Earning the respect of King Arthur and Merlin, he became a Knight of the Round Table.  On a Mediterranean island, he met the love of his life, Aleta, Queen of the Misty Isles, whom he later married. He fought the Huns with his powerful Singing Sword, Flamberge, a magical blade created by the same enchanter who forged Arthur's Excalibur.  Val has traveled to Africa and to America and helped his father regain his lost throne of Thule.  And on it goes.  In the early year of my reading, it was absolutely the most artistically-drawn strip.  Some of the quality was lost in the 1960s, I think, but it is still superb.

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Tracking History (18931.7mi) View Map

Dropped Off 05/13/2019 Gasgeber placed it in O Mar Lisboa, Portugal - .46 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/13/2019 Gasgeber took it to Cidadela Lisboa, Portugal - .23 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/13/2019 Gasgeber took it to Castelo Medieval de Cascais Lisboa, Portugal - 7.16 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/13/2019 Gasgeber took it to Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell [1949] Lisboa, Portugal - .22 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/13/2019 Gasgeber took it to A Lenda do Cabo da Roca Lisboa, Portugal - .17 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/13/2019 Gasgeber took it to Cabo da Roca II - Faróis de Portugal Lisboa, Portugal - 13.31 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/13/2019 Gasgeber took it to Forte de São Bruno - Reloaded [Oeiras] Lisboa, Portugal - 7.03 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/12/2019 Gasgeber took it to Avenida da Liberdade Lisboa, Portugal - .36 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/12/2019 Gasgeber took it to Estufa Fria / The Greenhouse (Lisboa) Lisboa, Portugal - .16 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/12/2019 Gasgeber took it to A BANDEIRA E O HINO Lisboa, Portugal - .04 miles  Visit Log
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