Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Foster, Harold R

(1892-1981) US artist, often referred to as the father of the US Comic strip because of the pioneering work he did on two newspaper strips during the latter 50 or so years of his life. After working as a prizefighter, gold prospector and guide, and attending art classes in Chicago, HRF began working at an advertising agency, gaining a reputation for Illustration and poster design. In 1928 he was approached to provide the illustrations for a daily Tarzan newspaper strip. He produced a comic-strip adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's first Tarzan novel, and then went on to draw new stories for the Sunday newspaper feature before quitting this to create his own Sunday feature, Prince Valiant.

HRF's great strength was his realistic figure drawing, which he was able to imbue with a sense of nobility uniquely suitable to the subjects he portrayed. Later comics artists have almost certainly more often listed HRF as an influence than any other artist. [RT]

Harold Rudolph Foster

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