November 17, 2004
Schultz to Write Prince Valiant
In a King Features press release the contents of which I first saw disseminated by Newsarama
, veteran comics writer and artist Mark Schultz
has officially assumed scripting duties for Cullen Murphy on the Prince Valiant
strip. Schultz will join another comic book veteran, artist Gary Gianni. The editor and author Cullen Murphy
wrote Prince Valiant
for several years with his late father, the legendary strip artist John Cullen Murphy, the man who took up Valiant
after the feature's creator Hal Foster. A Murphy/Gianni strip is shown above.
It's good to read that Prince Valiant
remains a solid hit at 350 clients, as I'd heard rumors of slight slippage when Gianni came aboard -- not a reflection of Gianni's talent in any way but a sign that newspaper will use whatever excuse they can to make content moves in the increasingly shrinking comic strip market. In fact, 350 papers sounds like a slight gain.
According to this thread
on a Comic Book Resources
message board, Schultz may have been involved with the strip before the official announcement, which would make some sense if you take into account how syndicates make decisions about new talent.
posted 8:14 am PST
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