Hal Foster

1892 - 1982

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Harold Rudolf Foster (August 16, 1892 – July 25, 1982) was a Canadian-American comic strip artist and writer best known as the creator of the comic strip Prince Valiant. His drawing style is noted for its high level of draftsmanship and attention to detail. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Foster rode his bike to the United States in 1919 and began to study in Chicago, eventually living in America. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hal Foster has received more than 166,773 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Hal Foster is the 81st most popular comic artist (down from 80th in 2019), the 230th most popular biography from Canada (down from 223rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Canadian Comic Artist.

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Among comic artists, Hal Foster ranks 81 out of 174Before him are Jim Davis, Floyd Gottfredson, Greg, Héctor Germán Oesterheld, Fujio Akatsuka, and Yoshito Usui. After him are Jacques Martin, Quentin Blake, Hiromu Arakawa, Takehiko Inoue, Jean Tabary, and Joe Simon.

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Among people born in 1892, Hal Foster ranks 164Before him are Luis Trenker, Aleksandra Beļcova, Konstantin Fedin, Fritz Kortner, Mieczysław Horszowski, and Alice Brady. After him are Bessie Coleman, Artur Rodziński, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Mohammad-Ali Jamalzadeh, Píndaro de Carvalho Rodrigues, and Lauge Koch. Among people deceased in 1982, Hal Foster ranks 135Before him are Lightnin' Hopkins, Antonio Guzmán Fernández, Fernando Lamas, Alfredo Ovando Candía, Juan O'Gorman, and Vladislao Cap. After him are Percy Williams, Ulla Jacobsson, Seraphim Rose, Federico Moreno Torroba, Josef Bradl, and Ludwig Bieberbach.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Hal Foster ranks 230 out of 1,130Before him are Michael Bublé (1975), The Weeknd (1990), Norman L. Bowen (1887), Deborah Kara Unger (1966), Allan Dwan (1885), and Harry Saltzman (1915). After him are Bobby Hull (1939), Percy Williams (1908), Gordon R. Dickson (1923), Stephen Amell (1981), George London (1920), and Mordecai Richler (1931).


Among comic artists born in Canada, Hal Foster ranks 2Before him are Joe Shuster (1914). After him are Todd McFarlane (1961) and Guy Delisle (1966).