The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)

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The Legend of Zelda is a series of comic books published by Valiant Comics in 1990 as part of the Nintendo Comics System. The comics are based on the first two games from The Legend of Zelda series and is the first American comic set in the Zelda universe (multiple Zelda-themed manga were already released in Japan). The artists use a character design similar to what was developed for the American The Legend of Zelda TV series in 1989. There were a total of five comics published, although you could count Nintendo Comics System issue #7 as a sixth since it is completely Zelda-themed. Despite being officially sanctioned by Nintendo of America, the comics are not viewed as canon.

The release dates for the comics do not appear to be accurate. Issues 1-4 are copyright 1991, but issue 5 is copyright 1990. The covers on issues 2 and 4 were incorrectly swapped in the original run, but corrected in later printings. The comic originally sold for $1.50, however later printings are $1.95.

I never saw these comics when there were published, but, thanks to the power of the Internet, I have been able to read them.


I do not own these comics, but I have read them.



  • The comics expand quite a bit on the Zelda franchise which was desperately wanted while the US waited patiently for the next game installment which took another year to release.
  • In most of the comics, Zelda is actually
  • The comic included some attractive maps of Hyrule.


  • The comic is targeted toward kids, so this is forgivable, but most of the stories are juvenile, the humor is childish, and the morals are ham-fisted. Also, the story jumps around in a schizophrenic manner that is hard to follow.
  • I don't care much for Link's bulbous nose.