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The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)/Issue 4

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The Legend of Zelda Issue 4
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The comic's fourth issue
George Caragonne
Release date(s)
May 1990

The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics Issue #4 was originally released in May 1990.


Thief in the Night

Thief in the Night begins at the East Gate of Hyrule's North Palace,[1] where Link is seen losing a friendly fight with his old friend, Bagu. Princess Zelda is worried when she sees what's happening,[2] but Link quickly introduces her to Bagu.[3] He tells her that Bagu is the strongest man in Hyrule,[4] and has come from Moruge Forest to visit.[5] Bagu talks about how glad he is to finally meet Link's "girlfriend".[6] Zelda seems upset to hear that Link lied to him about their relationship,[7] but Link quickly ushers Bagu off, telling him that there's food.[8]

That evening, Link and Bagu are having a loud conversation about their past adventures in the castle, and the noise upsets Princess Zelda. [9] The conversation turns to the subject of Zelda, where Link tells Bagu that he'd do anything for her. [10] Link asks Bagu about his pet frogs, Langhorne and Calaveras,[11] and Bagu says that he decided to leave them at home.[12] Bagu then tells Link that he needs to be more romantic with the princess,[13] and presumably gives him some pointers.[14] Link then dresses up in a costume, and starts playing a guitar outside of Zelda's window. Zelda hears the awful noise, and says that the animal should be out of it's misery.[15] When Princess Zelda sees Link, she inquires as to what he's doing,[16] and he responds telling her that he's serenading her. [17] However, a large crash comes from Link's room where the Triforce of Wisdom is being kept. When the two go to investigate, they find that the door was forced open. Zelda remarks that it must have been someone as strong as Bagu,[18] and decides to separate the Triforce into three pieces until they find the thief. [19]

Link is upset when Zelda accuses Bagu of the attempted theft,[20][21] so he decides to follow Bagu and see what he's doing,[22] and hopefully, clear his name.[23] However, Bagu proceeds to walk past the Triforce room door. Link admits that he had followed Bagu,[24] and apologized to him.[25] Bagu accepts the apology,[26] and comes up with a plan to catch the real thief.[27] His idea is to take the Triforce, and put it in his room where no one will look for it[28], and that Link can wait in the empty room for the thief to come. Bagu then notices that the Triforce is smaller,[29] and Link tells him why.[30] Later on, Princess Zelda walks into the trap room, and Link jumps out and attacks her, but she quickly bests and subdues him. Link asks what she's doing there,[31] and she tells him she was just checking on the Triforce. [32] Link explains the plan[33] as they go to check on Bagu. However, when they arrive, they find that he's missing, and has taken the Triforce.

Link uses the Handy Glove against Bagu

Zelda is highly upset by this development,[34] and Link proceeds to jump out of the tower window, telling her that he'll return the Triforce.[35] In his anger, Link grabs the Handy Glove,[36] and proceeds to hunt down Bagu. He spots Bagu coming back[37] towards the castle, and charges him before the two engage in combat. Bagu says he's sorry, but he has beat Link good.[38] Link then uses his glove, and is able to heave Bagu into the air,[39] and throw him down. Bagu confesses that he gave the Triforce fragment to Ganon[40] because he's holding Bagu's pet frogs for ransom.[41] When Link inquires as to why he did not take it before, Bagu tells him that he knew he was being followed[42], and that Link isn't sneaky.[43]

After Bagu further explains the situation about his pet frogs, he and Link eventually agree that Bagu must be the one to retrieve them,[44] as Ganon would be expecting him.[45] Link doesn't like the idea, as he can no longer trust Bagu.[46] Bagu says he'll go back with Link,[47] and plead guilty.[48] He says that he'll probably get life in prison or worse.[49] Link doesn't want that to happen,[50] so he agrees to entrust Bagu with the Handy glove. Bagu then rides off to face Ganon, leaving Link waiting. Nightfall comes, and Link realizes that he was tricked again. As he walks back to the castle, he says that he'll never trust anyone again.[51] However, once he arrives, he finds Bagu and Zelda back at the castle enjoying themselves. His two frogs and the Triforce are also there with them, indicating Bagu's success. Bagu asks a surprised Link what took him so long. [52]

Queen of Hearts

The story begins as a woman is being captured by a Wizzrobe and two Dairas in the Death Mountain region.[53] Link and Zelda come out of hiding and defeat the foes, freeing the woman, who turns out to be Queen Seline, the monarch of Calatia.[54] Link introduces her to Zelda, and although Seline is delighted to see her, she does not remember Seline since the princess was too young.[55][56] While the group begins to gallop towards North Palace, Link asks why Seline did not just use her magic spells to defend herself,[57] to which the queen replies that her powers disappeared and her search for them led her to Hyrule.[58]

At the palace, Zelda suggests that she introduce Seline to King Harkinian,[59] but the queen says it won't be necessary since they already know each other.[60] The king is delighted to see her and comments that even though it has been sixteen years since they last saw each other, she has not changed.[61] The next day, while Harkinian and Seline are having a meal together, Zelda reminds her father that he promised to accompany her to choose a dress for her birthday's royal ball;[62] however, Harkinian asks if it can wait, for he is spending the day with Seline.[63] Seline requests that Zelda accompany them,[64] but the princess declines.[65] As Zelda is jealously watching from above how her father and Seline are playing badmington,[66] one of the watchmen informs the king that an army of Ganon's minions are approaching,[67] much to Seline's dismay, for she thought they would not catch up to her so quickly.[68] Seline quickly disappears from the scene,[69] and Link and Zelda rush to make sure that the Triforce of Wisdom is safe.[70]

When Link and Zelda arrive to the Triforce chamber, they realize it has been stolen.[71]. Link uses his magic compass to track it down, which leads them to Seline and causes Zelda to confront her about it, saying that she tricked them into trusting her.[72] Seline claims that she is not stealing the Triforce and that she merely came to Hyrule to seek its wisdom.[73] She elaborates that Ganon has sealed her magic powers in a magic container, and that the Triforce said that Zelda must accompany her into retriever her powers, for otherwise, Seline will fail.[74] Despite her pleas, Zelda refuses to go with her.[75] The queen continues to insist since now that Ganon is planning to use her to take over Calatia, he will surely use her kingdom to take over Hyrule as well.[76] Just then, Link offers his assistance,[77] and although Seline tells him that without Zelda's help they will fail due to the Triforce's prediction,[78] the young hero insists and begins to get on his horse.[79] Zelda tries to stop Link from going and threatens him that if he goes, she will shoot them both,[80] but still the young hero departs with the queen.[81] As the duo gallop away, Zelda fires an arrow from her bow at Link's hat, but misses on purpose.[82][83]

Queen Seline and Link fighting against Ganon's minions

While Link rids the palace's bridge of enemies with his sword to allow Queen Seline to pass, King Harkinian asks Zelda where Seline has gone off to, to which Zelda replies that she is gone and took the traitorous Link with her.[84] The king then reminds her that Link loves her more than anything, as so does Seline.[85] Meanwhile, Link and Seline are fighting off a horde of Ganon's minions in a cave near the North Palace,[86] trying to break open the magic container being guarded by a Wizzrobe so that Seline's powers will return.[87] Link is then heavily injured and faints, and before the Wizzrobe can do anything, Zelda appears and shoots an arrow at the magic container,[88] restoring Seline's powers and allowing her to easily defeat the horde of enemies.[89] Back at the palace, Seline says her goodbyes to King Harkinian, but before she departs, she asks Zelda what made her trust her and go to the cave.[90] The young princess apologizes for her behavior, saying that everything Seline did was out of love and Zelda was just being jealous of her.[91] Seline returns Zelda's hug and reminds her to stay strong so that she will be the queen of Hyrule someday.[92] The story ends with Seline riding away as Zelda asks her father if she will ever be a great queen like her.[93]

Bonus 1

The first bonus was titled Impa's Info. In it, Impa attempts to explain to Link the importance of looking at past heroes and their mistakes, but Link disregards her as he daydreams about battling monsters.

Bonus 2

The second bonus was titled The Adventurer Link. It was composed of a few panels detailing Link's past. It explains how he left home and acquired his arsenal of weapons, and also mentions his great amount of courage.


The original 1990 version of this comic featured To The First Power, which was swapped to the second edition of Issue 2.[94] The original edition of the issue also featured a story called It's Good to be the King. This story was later replaced by the Queen of Hearts and never re-released in the second run of the comics.[95]


  1. ↑ One morning at the East Gate of Zelda's North Palace... - N/A (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  2. ↑ What is going on here? - Zelda (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  3. ↑ Zelda, meet my buddy Bagu - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  4. ↑ the strongest man in Hyrule! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  5. ↑ He's [Bagu] come all the way from the Moruge Forest to visit us! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  6. ↑ Link's told me all about you! I'm as happy as a well-fed Octorok to finally meet my little buddy's girlfriend! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  7. ↑ Link told you I was his girlfriend--?! - Zelda(Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  8. ↑ Er... Let's go inside, Bagu! You must be hungry! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  9. ↑ Do you two mind keeping the noise down? Some people are trying to sleep! - Zelda(Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  10. ↑ Well... I'd so anything for her. - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  11. ↑ Say, where are Langhorne and Calaveras-- those two frogs that always follow you around? - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  12. ↑ I... er... decided to leave them at home. - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  13. ↑ Listen, pal! If you want to win over Zelda, you've got to be romantic! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  14. ↑ Really? How could I do that? - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  15. ↑ What a horrible noise! They should put that animal out of it's misery! - Zelda (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  16. ↑ Link! What are you doing!?! - Zelda (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  17. ↑ I-I'm serenading you! I'm praising your... uh... beauty and grace to the eternal stars above! Yeah, that's it! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  18. ↑ There's only one person strong enough to break that door! Where is your buddy, Bagu? - Zelda (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  19. ↑ I'm dividing it into three segments until the thief is found! - Zelda (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  20. ↑ Hey! I don't like what you're thinking! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  21. ↑ Zelda's got some nerve accusing my friend! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  22. ↑ Maybe if I follow him... - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  23. ↑ I just know Bagu isn't a thief. I've got to clear his name! - Zelda (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  24. ↑ I even followed you to see if you'd steal the Triforce! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  25. ↑ I'm sorry. - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  26. ↑ It's OK, pal! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  27. ↑ Listen... I've got a plan! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  28. ↑ I'll just take the Triforce and put it in my room! Nobody would look for it there! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  29. ↑ It's smaller than I remember - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  30. ↑ Zelda split it into three parts! She doesn't trust anyone! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  31. ↑ Zelda! What are you doing here? - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  32. ↑ I'm checking on the Triforce! Where is it? - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  33. ↑ Bagu and I came up with a foolproof plan to capture the real thief. - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  34. ↑ You idiot! Bagu was the thief! A third of the Triforce is gone! If Ganon attacks now, we'll be defenseless! - Zelda (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  35. ↑ I'll be back! With the Triforce! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  36. ↑ And the Handy Glove is on! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  37. ↑ He's [Bagu] coming back! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  38. ↑ I'm gonna have to beat you [Link] good! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  39. ↑ This time, I have a magic glove, so I'll be strong enough to beat you [Bagu]! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  40. ↑ I gave it to Ganon. I had to. - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  41. ↑ He's [Ganon] holding my frogs for ransom! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  42. ↑ Because I knew you [Link] were following me. - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  43. ↑ You're lousy at being sneaky! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  44. ↑ No! Ganon would hear you [Link] coming a mile away! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  45. ↑ But he'll [Ganon] let me in! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  46. ↑ Forget it! No way! I can't trust you [Bagu] again! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  47. ↑ Then you'd [Link] better take me back. - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  48. ↑ I'll plead guilty! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  49. ↑ I'll probably get life... or worse! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  50. ↑ Gee, Bagu. I don't want that to happen. - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  51. ↑ I'll never trust anyone again! - Link (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  52. ↑ What kept him [Link] so long! Hah! - Bagu (Valiant Comic Issue #4)
  53. ↑ "Ganon will reward us well for capturing this woman!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 1)
  54. ↑ "May I present her most serene royal highness, Seline, beloved monarch of my homeland, Calatia."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 2)
  55. ↑ " I know you?"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. )
  56. ↑ "You were too young to remember..."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. )
  57. ↑ "Your Majest...why didn't you use your magic spells to defend yourself against Ganon's creatures?"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 3)
  58. ↑ "Some weeks ago, my powers disappeared. My search to regain them led me here."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 3)
  59. ↑ "If you feel up to it, Seline, I'll introduce you to my father, the king..."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 3)
  60. ↑ "Thank you, Zelda, but that won't be necessary."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 3)
  61. ↑ "Sline...? Seline! It's been...SIXTEEN YEARS! You haven't changed a bit!'re even more beautiful!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 3)
  62. ↑ "Father? Are you ready? Today's the day you promised to help me choose a dress for the royal ball on my birthday!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 3)
  63. ↑ "Oh...can't that wait, darling? I'm spending the day with Seline. It's been sixteen years, you know! So much to catch up on!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 3)
  64. ↑ "Zelda, PLEASE come with us!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 4)
  65. ↑ "No. You two enjoy yourselves. Please excuse me."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. )
  66. ↑ "Humph...doesn't she have her OWN realm to get back to?"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. )
  67. ↑ "Sire! Riders approaching the palace!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 4)
  68. ↑ "No! ...Oh, no! I've been a fool to tarry here! They moved more swiftly than I thought possible!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 4)
  69. ↑ "Seline? Now where did she go?"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 4)
  70. ↑ "Ganon's army! They must be after the Triforce of Wisdom! Come on, Link! We'd better make sure it's safe."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 4)
  71. ↑ "It's gone! Stolen!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 5)
  72. ↑ "Seline! I knew it! You thought you could come in here, trick us into trust you and then, while WE were defending the palace, you'd steal the Triforce from under our noses!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 5)
  73. ↑ "I am not stealing the Triforce. I came to Hyrule to seek its wisdom."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 5)
  74. ↑ "Ganon has stolen my magic powers and sealed them in a magic container. Zelda, the Triforce said that you must come with me to recover my powers, otherwise I will fail. I've brought your horse. You must TRUST me, my child!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 5)
  75. ↑ "I'm NOT your child! You must think I'm some kind of idiot! You expect me to trust you after you stole the Triforce?"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. )
  76. ↑ "Ganon's army is pursuing me! He'll use me to take over Calatia. Once he controls Calatia and its vital mountain passes, he'll use Calatia to take over Hyrule!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 5)
  77. ↑ "I'll go with you, Seline."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 6)
  78. ↑ "No, brave Link! The Triforce said that if you go, you will fall in battle! Without Zelda, I am doomed!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 6)
  79. ↑ "Even if we are doomed to fail, we must try."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 6)
  80. ↑ "Stop, Link! She's an ENEMY! If you go out that gate with her, you're a traitor! If you go out that gate, I'll shoot you both!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 6)
  81. ↑ "Zelda...I'm a hero, I must help my queen. Do what you have to do."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 6)
  82. ↑ "You leave me no choice..."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 6)
  83. ↑ "Yow! She MEANT it! But...Zelda NEVER misses..."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 6)
  84. ↑ "She's gone, and she took that TRAITOR Link with her!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 7)
  85. ↑ "Listen to me! That boy loves you more than all the world! And Seline does, too!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 7)
  86. ↑ "Later, in a mysterious cave to the south west of the North Palace..."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 8)
  87. ↑ "The magic container is the key--! If we can break it open, my powers will return!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 8)
  88. ↑ "Get away from my friends, you creep!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 9)
  89. ↑ "Ah! My powers have returned! Now then, little's time for you to learn about REAL magic."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 9)
  90. ↑ "Zelda, what made you come to the cave? What made you trust me?"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 10)
  91. ↑ "I thought of the way YOU acted. And the way I acted. Everything you did was out of LOVE and everything I did was because of jealousy."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 10)
  92. ↑ "I care for you more than you'lle ver know. Grow up strong and wise. You will be queen of this land someday."  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 10)
  93. ↑ "Do you think I could be a great queen like her someday?"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 10)
  94. ↑ The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant) pg.
  95. ↑ The Legend of Zelda No. 4 (Valiant) pg.