Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Ol' Groove has been meaning to do this post for years, but I kept doing other things for some reason. But the time has finally come for us to plunge into DC's Sword of Sorcery! I dunno whose idea it was for DC to license Fritz Leiber's dynamic duo Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser in response to Marvel's licensing hit Conan the Barbarian (Denny O'Neil, mayhap?), but they were right on! Denny O'Neil, himself, adapting Leiber's original tales, aided and abetted by pencilers like Howard Chaykin (4 issues), Walt Simonson (2 issues), and Jim Starlin (1 issue), inked by a veritable "who's who" of Groovy Age inkers--man, that should have been a hands-down hit. Still there were the "what were they thinking" moments that might have sabotaged the whole thing...
Art by Dick Giordano
F'rinstance, DC the started the series as a kind of spin-off from Wonder Woman's mag. Faf and the Mouser literally popped up in the middle of a Wonder Woman/Catwoman rumble in WW issues 201-202. Now, that was kinda flaky. Ol' Groove doesn't know if Wonder Woman readers were actually the target audience DC should'a been shooting for, but that's what happened.
Art by Dick Giordano
Next, notice the ad at the end of WW 202, the mag's title was to have been Swords Against Sorcery--which actually would have been a better fit to moi...
Art by Howard Chaykin
Other things like a heavy marketing campaign (if there was one, I didn't see any signs of it) would have helped this mag tremendously. Seems if more folks had known of its existence, it should have lasted a good, long time instead of a mere five issues (December 1972-September 1973). Dig this first ish and see if you don't agree!
Cover art by Mike Kaluta
And 'cause Ol' Groove loves ya, baby, here's the info-packed text page from SoS#1!
Special thanks to Mike's Amazing World of Comics and Grand Comics Database for being such fantastic resources for covers, dates, creator info, etc. Thou art treasures true!
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