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Prince Valiant, Round Table knight, once at center of Westchester intrigue

August
26

Prince Valiant, the comic strip knight who weilds the Singing Sword, is getting some new attention with the release of a collection of his earliest adventures.

But, while Valiant serves as one of King Arthur’s Round Table knights, he was at the center of a notorious crime here in Westchester in the more modern era of the late 1980s. Back then, original Prince Valiant artwork was held at the Museum of Cartoon Art, which occupied a castle (yes, a castle) in Rye Brook.

In spring, 1989, it was discovered that some of the Valiant artwork was missing, along with some original Dick Tracy panels. A curator, Sherman Krisher, was later convicted of stealing more than 100 cartoon panels worth about $50,000. The museum eventually got about half the panels back. Krisher was ordered to pay $45,000 in restitution and perform 500 hours of community service.

The museum operated in Rye Brook from 1979 to 1992, when it closed for a move to Boca Raton, Fla.

The new book, from www.fantagraphics.com, is called “Prince Valiant, Vol. 1: 1937-1938.”

Here’s a column on it from The Philadelphia Inquirer:

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Four longtime Journal News reporters share their insights about fiction, non-fiction, poetry and short stories by bringing books discussions online and exploring the local literati scene. Lots of people say they are booklovers, but Elizabeth Ganga, Barbara Livingston Nackman, Ken Valenti and Randi Weiner really are!


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Book Notes: An ongoing chat about events, authors and news items about books, libraries, authors and everything literary from metro news reporters Barbara Livingston Nackman and Elizabeth Ganga. Barbara has been a reporter for The Journal News since 1997. She covers municipalities in Putnam County and keeps track of book events everywhere - and began her career writing about books and libraries. Lisa has been a reporter for The Journal News since 2000, after working at several newspapers in Connecticut. She has covered cities and town in sourthern and northern Westchester and is a big Jane Austen fan (though she reads everything from history to mysteries). Both reporters work out of the Mount Kisco bureau and frequently trade tidbits about books and events.


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