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    Wally Wood Prince Valiant Sunday Comic Strip #1762 Original Art dated 11-15-70 (King Features Syndicate, 1970). This is the only Sunday page that Wally Wood drew while trying out for the job during the fall of 1970 when Hal Foster began talking about retirement. Wood jousted for this prestigious job against artists Gray Morrow and John Cullen Murphy, with Murphy ultimately winning the permanent position.

    Prior to this, Wood had parodied Val in print several times, beginning with "Prince Violent" in Mad #13, published in July, 1954. But for this Sunday page, #1762, dated November 15, 1970, featuring Val, his wife Aleta, and his best friend Sir Gawain, Wood drew the characters with a serious approach, following the script written by Hal Foster, and adhering to Foster's required image page size of 22.5" x 34.5," thus making this "grail piece" possibly the largest Wally Wood original comic strip in existence. Foster also provided Wood with a preliminary penciled layout sheet to follow - a practice he continued for Murphy until his retirement from the strip in 1980.

    Created by Hal Foster in 1937 for King Features Syndicate, the Prince Valiant newspaper strip has enjoyed a lifespan of 73 years, enjoying only three artists for any sustained period of time. Foster and his successor, John Cullen Murphy, each drew over 1700 pages, while current artist, Gary Gianni, so far has drawn close to 300. As mentioned above, Wood's total output was one!

    Because of its size, Wood drew this page on three separate tiers of Strathmore paper which have now been archivally connected and matted, with the entire piece framed to an overall size of 31" x 43" under UV glass. In Excellent condition.

    More information about Wally Wood, also known as Wood, Wally, Wally Wood, Wallace Wood.

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