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Princess Objectiva?

Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

When I read that annual, I noticed that too. And then I realized that Ayn Rand itself sounds very much like a Legionnaire's real name already.

Ha! I was just thinking Objectivist Lass, but I think I like Princess Objectiva better.

The Baron said:

Princess Objectiva?

Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

When I read that annual, I noticed that too. And then I realized that Ayn Rand itself sounds very much like a Legionnaire's real name already.

And Fountainhead would be a great ('90s) Substitute Legionnaire.

Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

Ha! I was just thinking Objectivist Lass, but I think I like Princess Objectiva better.

The Baron said:

Princess Objectiva?

Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

When I read that annual, I noticed that too. And then I realized that Ayn Rand itself sounds very much like a Legionnaire's real name already.

....The day before this last day, I read:
WDC&S #743
...The latter, bonus-sized, had a William Van Horn story, the usual Euro productions and old Donald gag...and a few stories I guess we're products of the 60s/70s U.S. Disney unit that produced stories here for overseas publication. All were redialogued, even the one that was originally from a British mag (It featured a villianous character called Mortimer Mouse, who was obviously a regular running character).
..." one Donald gag " (from the 40s)


Back in the ‘90s, Fantagraphics began releasing a proposed 40-volume softcover set of Prince Valiant with the intention of having the entirety of Hal Foster’s epic in print at the same time. Although the project eventually lasted 50 volumes, I don’t think all of them remained in print though completion. Shortly after the project was completed, the same publisher began releasing a series of hardcovers, each on approximately three times the length, reproduced from the artist’s proofs, and those volumes (17 so far) have remained in print.

During Foster’s time on the strip (1937-1970), he maintained a consistent timeline. Val ad Aleta were married during the sack of Rome in A.D. 455; the rest of the timeline can be extrapolated from that. The strip begins circa A.D. 439 when Val was approximately six years old. As the story begins, Val’s father, Aguar, King of Thule, was deposed by Sligon and exiled to the Fens of Britain. Strips #2-9 deal with Val’s boyhood, ages 6-13. In strip #10, Horrit the witch prophecies a life of adventure and discontent. In strips #11, Val’s mother dies.

Skipping ahead a year, in strip #12 (circa A.D. 447), a 14-year-old Prince Valiant leaves home in search of adventure. Highlights of the early strips include: #13, her meets Sir Launcelot; #14-15, he tames a wild horse; #16, he meets Sir Gawain and becomes his squire; #17-18, the fight a “dragon” (in reality, a giant sea crocodile); #19, he arrives in Camelot for the first time. The story skips ahead to the spring of 448, and Val accompanies Gawain on a false quest in strips #23-37 (actually, a plot to hold Gawain for ransom).


Flophouse Bill remembers Trixie Tinkle’s real name is Eliza Blob. On the 4th, Bill and Wun wey meet for the first time. On the 9th, Warbucks introduces Trixie to Bill and Wun Wey and Annie. Bill sees through her right away, but keeps his mouth shut. “When a man has his mind made up about a woman,” he says, “no one but a fool will try to interfere.” Annie is skeptical, but keeps on open mind. Wun Wey is inscrutable.

The next day, Trixie takes Annie shopping… with Warbucks’ money. On the 16th, Bill and Wun Wey and Doc Lens resolve to talk to Warbucks about Trixie. One by one, they all try and fail. On the 20th, Trixie reveals her true feelings about Annie in confidence to her friend Gypsy Gay.

Oh, I almost forgot! Still in my “Scottish phase” I read…


“The Last of Clan McDuck” – Uncle Scrooge #285 (set in 1877)

“The New Laird of Castle McDuck” – Uncle Scrooge #289 (set in 1885)

“The Old castle’s Secret” – Donald Duck (Four Color) #189 (1948)

The latter is by Carl Barks and the two prequels are by Don Rosa.

DOCTOR JEKYLL & MR. HYDE (CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED): Robert Louis Stephenson based Jeckyll & Hyde on Deacon Brodie, whose pub I visited in Edinburgh. I also read the novella (for the first time) on the trip over. It’s too bad I knew the premise in advance; it otherwise would have been quite suspenseful. The CI version is a faithful adaptation.

Man, you don't want to get stuck talking to Fountainhead at a party.

Doctor Hmmm? said:

And Fountainhead would be a great ('90s) Substitute Legionnaire.

I've continued reading the 5YL Legion stories. I think I'm up to number 15 now? Tenzil Kem and Calorie Queen facing off against Evillo.

This book really was kind of a tapestry, wasn't it?

...I didn't expect much of the Lex//Porky crossover, the " most bland " of the Loony characters...But it's actual satiric, satirizing Internet boom/start-up/social media culture!!!!!!!


In strip #38, Prince valiant and Gawain return to Camelot during the tournament of the Queen’s Diamonds on Winchester Heath. (It is April, A.D. 448.) #39 formally introduces Ilene, a young girl seeking a knight to free her parents, held hostage in their own castle by a band of outlaws. Val is smitten with Ilene. Gawain takes up the quest but is soon injured in a dual with a red knight and must recuperate at a monastery while Val fulfils the quest.

The leader of the outlaw band is “The Ogre of Sinstar Wood.” There is something theatrical about his appearance, so Val decides to turn his own tactics against him. Killing a goose ad using its skin to make a mask, #46 gave Jack Kirby the inspiration for his own character, The Demon, decades later. Val’s antic send most of the outlaws fleeing in fear, but two of them remain. He has a spot of trouble dealing with the final two, but once they are dispatched, he frees the Thane of Branwyn from the dungeon and sets about the task of wooing his daughter.

He asks for Ilene’s hand in marriage, but unfortunately the Thane has signed a contract with the King or Ord promising her to Prince Arn. Then Val gets word that Gawain has been carried off from the monastery by a sorceress. Val leaves to free him, vowing to return. The sorceress in question in Morgan Le Fey, half-sister to King Arthur, who has been in love with Gawain for a long time. Knowing the fates of her former husbands, however, Gawain spurns her advances.

Val arrives at Dolorous Garde, Le Fey’s castle, and immediately falls under her spell (meaning she drugs him). He is suffering from hallucinations, but knows she is drugging his wine. He is able to use his hat and a rope to get water from the mote, though. With his head now clear, Val uses his belt buckle to pry a bar from his cell window. Once he has escaped, he replaces the bar, thereby leaving a mystery behind. He then sets off for Camelot, 30 miles away.


On February 29th, Warbucks announces that he married Trixie that afternoon. “Daddy” invites Annie along on their Honeymoon cruise, which doesn’t sit well with his new bride. By the end of the first week, a Sunday strip, Trixie has taken to kicking Sandy in private. In fact, the Sunday strips become “Trixie vs. Sandy” vehicles for a while. (I have not forgotten how much I hate Trixie.) As they are preparing t leave on their cruise, word comes from Spike Marlin about trouble in Warbucks’ Oriental shipping company. Warbucks doesn’t feel he can neglect his business at this point, and cancels the trip. It is at this point Trixie begins her campaign against Sandy in earnest.

In another Sunday strip, Trixie takes Sandy to the dog pound ad pays the man $5 to have him euthanized. She then takes a long lunch, planning to tell Annie that Sandy ran away during a walk. But when she returns home, she finds Sandy there waiting for her.

Trixie dislikes Bill, too. He lives in the same building as Warbucks, which is also where they have their business, and he drops by frequently. Trixie refers to him as an “ugly little runt” and says things that are even more distasteful. She makes fun of his legs to his face. Her tactics work as Bill moves across town. Warbucks questions Trixie, but she tries to shift the blame to Annie.

On Sunday, Trixie turns Sandy over to two thugs and pays then $50 to kill him. They put him into a burlap sack with some scrap iron and throw him off their boat into the harbor and wait 10 minutes before they leave. But Sandy somehow escapes and finds his way home. Now he openly growls at Trixie.

Next Trixie sets her sights against Wun Wey. She makes a snide comment about the laundry, but he brushes it off. Next, she insults Doc Lens by suggesting he do veterinary work on Sandy, but he flips it around, insinuating that Sandy has more breeding than she does. Spike Marlin flies into town to discuss business, and Warbucks sets up a dinner for him to meet Bill and Doc Lens and Wun Wey, but one by one they all decline the invitation.

Trixie decides to make a play for Spike, imagining a handsome sailor, but she chages her mind when she sees he’s an old salt. She openly snubs him by sneering at him and yawning in his face. He cuts his visit short, and Warbucks is genuinely perplexed that all his friends seem to be deserting him.

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