In assuming this task Yeates becomes the fourth full-time artist to draw the revered 75-year-old adventure strip, first created in 1937 by Hal Foster. He follows in the illustrious footsteps of Foster, John Cullen Murphy and Gary Gianni.
A statement on Yeates' website says:
Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz have been doing fantastic work on the strip, and Yeates hopes to maintain that high quality in the tradition of Hal Foster. Mark Schultz will stay on as writer.
. . . while Wikipedia notes the following about the new illustrator of Prince Valiant:
Thomas Yeates (born January 19, 1955) is an American comic book and comic strip artist known for his work on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and on other properties such as Conan and the Zorro comic strip. In 1982, Yeates and writer Martin Pasko revived Swamp Thing, in a new series titled Saga of the Swamp Thing.
Above: Installment #3921 of Prince Valiant (April 1, 2012).
Art: Thomas Yeates. Text: Mark Schultz.
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Recommended Off-site Link:
A New Prince Valiant Chapter – DailyInk.com (April 2, 2012).