The Legend of Zelda (Comic)

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Quote1.png A long, long time ago, the world was in an age of chaos. There was a land called Hyrule, a legend called Zelda, an adventurer named Link, and evil known as Ganon, and three Triforces, with power over them all. Quote2.png
— Introduction
The Legend of Zelda (Comic)
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The comic's first issue
Writer(s) George Cagaronne
Publisher(s) Valiant Comics
Release date February 1990

The Legend of Zelda is a comic published by Valiant Comics, which is the parent company that owned the Nintendo Comics System in 1990 and 1991. In those years, they published a number of Nintendo franchise comics, including The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and Captain N: The Game Master. The Valiant Publishing line was founded in 1990 by former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Jim Shooter. After 1991, Valiant ceased to publish Nintendo-related comics, except for trade paperback collections of some of the series later on.

The Legend of Zelda issues ran February 1990 through August of that same year, and was penned by George Caragonne.[1] The comics were sold at a newsstand price of $1.95 per issue. Each issue contained two 10-page stories, along with two bonus shorts, which were often times very humorous.

Contents

Plot Elements

The comics take place after the events of the original The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link. Link lives in North Palace along with Princess Zelda and King Harkinian, where he protects the Triforce of Wisdom from Ganon. The comics are reminiscent of the Zelda animated series in that it mirrors many of the plot elements; however, it takes on a more serious tone than the cartoons, as seen in the plots of The Power and The Price, where Link is corrupted by the Triforce of Power. Furthermore, not all of the issues focus on Ganon stealing the Triforce of Wisdom, as it varies from Link helping Queen Seline recover her powers from Ganon's minions and to Bagu confronting the young hero to save his two pet frogs.

Zelda, like the cartoons, takes a more protagonist role and fights along Link, sometimes even saving him, by wielding weapons such as her bow.[2] Link is seen once again trying to steal a kiss from the princess any time he saves her,[3] but they always seem to get interrupted by Ganon's minions or Zelda changing her mind.[4] Unlike the animated series, however, the comic makes it clear that Link and Zelda love each other, as they both seem to plainly state it several times throughout their adventures.[5][6]

A new kingdom is also introduced in the comic, known as Calatia, which is ruled by Queen Seline. The land of Calatia is Link's homeland, and it is where his parents, Arn and Medilia, live.

Issues

# Titles Release date
1 He Also Serves
Missing in Action
February 1990
2 To the First Power
Trust Me
March 1990
3 The Power
The Price
April 1990
4 Thief in the Night
Queen of Hearts
May 1990
5 Day of the Triforce
Coming Home
June 1990
NCS #7 Assault
Choices
August 1990

Listings

Characters

Enemies

Items

Places

Release

There is some debate over how many Zelda issues were actually released, as there appears to be an issue #7, while issue #6 was never cataloged. The matter became further convoluted when the comics were re-released in 1993 in book formats, where the issues were placed in different orders. The reason for there not being a documented sixth issue is that there were only five Zelda issues in all. The seventh issue was actually part seven of the Nintendo Comics System line, which had nine issues in all.

Gallery

References

  1. George Caragonne (Wikipedia), Caragonne agreed to all the grunt work needed for Valiant to be launched, while holding a full time job. After the company was on its feet, Caragonne wrote such titles as Captain N, The Legend of Zelda, and Punch Out..
  2. "It would sure help if I had a bow! I can't fire a sword blast worth a darn!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8 (To the First Power))
  3. "Hmmm... safe enough to kiss me, Princess?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. Missing in Action)
  4. "Aw, heck! Something ALWAYS happens every time I'm about to get a smooch!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 3 (The Power))
  5. "Link: Not WE. Just ME. You're going back to the overworld! [...] Because it's gotten too dangerous down here. Because I'm a hero, this is MY job! Because I'm going to protect you whether you like it or not! And because...because I love you." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 3 (The Power))
  6. "Zelda: Because you LOVE me...and I love YOU." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6 (The Price))


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