Born: 1892 August 16 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Died: 1982 July 25 in Spring Hill, Florida, United States

Biography: Hal Foster was an artist and writer best known for his work on two newspaper strips, “Tarzan” and “Prince Valiant”.

Born in Nova Scotia, Foster rode his bicycle to the United States in 1919 and began to study in Chicago, eventually living in America.

In 1928, he began one of the earliest syndicated adventure strips, an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Tarzan”.

In 1937, William Randolph Hearst offered him complete ownership to create a new strip for the Hearst papers. The result was Foster’s signature strip, the weekly “Prince Valiant”.

The medieval fantasy adventure is set in medieval times. The strip featured his dexterous, detailed artwork; unusually, he preferred putting narration and dialogue in captions rather than balloons within the art.

Notes: To be confirmed against the Who's Who entry.


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Name:

    Hal Foster Type: Common Alternative Name
    Given name: Harold Rudolf Family name: Foster

Other Names:

  1. Harold Foster Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Harold Rudolf Family name: Foster
  2. Harold R. Foster Type: Common Alternative Name
    Given name: Harold R. Family name: Foster
  3. Харолдъ Фостеръ Type: None
  4. Хал Фостър Type: None
  5. Харолд Фостър Type: None

Signatures:

  1. H Foster [generic]
  2. H FOSTER
  3. HAL FOSTER
  4. Hal Foster [generic]
  5. HAROLD FOSTER
  6. HAROLD R FOSTER
  7. HF [generic]

Awards:

  1. 1957: National Cartoonist Society Awards (NCS Awards) - Cartoonist of the Year
  2. 1964: National Cartoonist Society Awards (NCS Awards) - Story Comic Strip Division
  3. 1966: National Cartoonist Society Awards (NCS Awards) - Special Features Division
  4. 1967: National Cartoonist Society Awards (NCS Awards) - Special Features Division
  5. 1969: Adamson Awards - Best International Comic-Strip [or Comic Book] Cartoonist
  6. 1975: National Cartoonist Society Awards (NCS Awards) - Silver T-Square Extraordinary Service Award
  7. 1977: National Cartoonist Society Awards (NCS Awards) - NCS Gold Key Award (National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame)
  8. 1977: Inkpot Award - [no name]
  9. 1978: National Cartoonist Society Awards (NCS Awards) - Elzie Segar Award
  10. 1996: Eisner Award - Hall of Fame
  11. 2005: Joe Shuster Awards - Hall of Fame Inductees

Art Influences:

Influences by Hal Foster (b. 1892) were stated by:
  1. Murphy Anderson (b. 1926)
  2. Eduardo Barreto (b. 1954)
  3. Mark Beachum (b. 1962)
  4. Joe Bennett (b. 1968)
  5. Frank Brunner (b. 1949)
  6. Gene Colan (b. 1926)
  7. Dick Dillin (b. 1928)
  8. Jay Disbrow (b. 1926)
  9. George Evans (b. 1920)
  10. José Luis García-López (b. 1948)
  11. Ron Garney (b. 1962)
  12. Woody Gelman (b. 1915)
  13. Yan Gevuld (b. 1960)
  14. Alberto Giolitti (b. 1923)
  15. Dick Giordano (b. 1932)
  16. Sam Glanzman (b. 1924)
  17. Mike Grell (b. 1947)
  18. Bo Hampton (b. 1954)
  19. Chris Hanther (b. 1946)
  20. Don Heck (b. 1929)
  21. Vern Henkel (b. 1917)
  22. Ovi Hondru (b. 1956)
  23. Klaus Janson (b. 1952)
  24. Bruce Jones (b. 1944)
  25. Jack Katz (b. 1927)
  26. Everett Kinstler (b. 1926)
  27. Jack Kirby (b. 1917)
  28. Warren Kremer (b. 1921)
  29. Joe Kubert (b. 1926)
  30. Gary Kwapisz (b. 1961)
  31. Pablo Marcos (b. 1937)
  32. Lee Marrs (b. 1945)
  33. Grant Miehm (b. 1960)
  34. Sheldon Moldoff (b. 1920)
  35. Joe Orlando (b. 1927)
  36. Virginia Pearson (b. 1918)
  37. Fred Ray (b. 1922)
  38. Nestor Redondo (b. 1928)
  39. John Ridgway (b. 1940)
  40. Paul Ryan (b. 1949)
  41. Sanjulián (b. 1941)
  42. Dick Sprang (b. 1915)
  43. Frank Thorne (b. 1930)
  44. Terry Tidwell (b. 1954)
  45. Sal Trapani (b. 1927)
  46. Mike Vosburg (b. 1947)
  47. Tom Yeates (b. 1955)

Relations:

  1. Parent of - Arthur James Foster (b. 1919)
    Notes: Brain M. Kane and J. David Spurlock, ed. Hal Foster: Prince of Illustrators- Father of the Adventure Strip. Lebanon, New Jersey: Vanguard Productions, 2001