Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sword of Sorcery #1: "The Price of Pain Ease"

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Sword of Sorcery was a sword-and-sorcery comic book featuring Fafhrd the Barbarian and the Gray Mouser, heroes and rogues created by Fritz Leiber. Published bi-monthly by DC Comics, it ran for five issues in 1973, with a cover price of 20¢.

#1: March-April 1973
untitled story — "adapted from Fritz Leiber's story, 'The Price of Pain Ease'" (1970 Swords Against Death, coll.)

* Writer: Denny O'Neil
* Pencils: Howard Chaykin
* Inks: Neal Adams
* Cover: Howard Chaykin (pencils) and Michael Wm. Kaluta (inks)

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are two seminal sword-and-sorcery heroes created by Fritz Leiber (1910–1992) and loosely modelled upon himself and his friend Harry Otto Fischer (1910-1986). They are the protagonists of what are probably Leiber's best-known stories.

The stories have been collected in the Swords series:

1. Swords and Deviltry (collection 1970)
1. "Induction" (vignette 1970, first publication)
2. The Snow Women (novella 1970 Fantastic)
3. "The Unholy Grail" (novelette 1962 Fantastic)
4. Ill Met in Lankhmar (novella 1970 F&SF)—telling how Fafhrd and the Mouser met, this story won both a Nebula award and a Hugo award

Download Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber in PDF format

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