The first seven years of Prince Valiant (1937 to 1944), which we are highlighting in this series, was contemporaneous with Europe’s “Darkest Hour,” World War II. During this period, it was commonplace for Churchill and others to refer to the Nazis as the “Invading Huns.” So Hal Foster dutifully had Prince Valiant engage in battle with the original barbarian Huns.
Some of the imagery and wording of today’s sampling post (#8) and part of tomorrow’s (#9), take on much greater significance when seen in this light. Lines like: “He (Prince Valiant) has shown the world that the Hun is not invincible.”
The references were so obvious to the Nazis that they banned Prince Valiant from German newspapers.