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