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Fafhrd & Gray Mouser-Sword of Sorcery 1-5 (1973)
 
 
COMICS ADAPTATIONS
 
In 1972, Fafhrd and the Mouser began their comics career, appearing in Wonder Woman #202 alongside the title character and Catwoman in a story scripted by award-winning SF writer Samuel R. Delany.
 
In 1973, DC Comics began an ongoing series, Sword of Sorcery, featuring the duo. The title was written by Denny O'Neil and featured art by Howard Chaykin, Walt Simonson and Jim Starlin; the well-received title ran only five issues. Stories included adaptations of "The Price of Pain-Ease", "Thieves' House", "The Cloud of Hate", and "The Sunken Land", as well as original stories.
 
 
In 1991, Epic Comics published a four-issue comic book adaptation of seven of the stories: "Ill Met in Lankhmar" (issue 1), "The Circle Curse" and "The Howling Tower" (issue 2), "The Price of Pain Ease" and "Bazaar of the Bizarre" (issue 3), and "Lean Times in Lankhmar" and "When the Sea King's Away" (issue 4). The comics were scripted by Howard Chaykin, who had drawn several issues of the earlier DC title, and pencilled by Mike Mignola, whose Hellboy comic book often has a similar feel to Leiber's work. Mignola also did the jacket covers and interior art for the White Wolf collection. This series was collected by Dark Horse Comics in a trade paperback collection published in March 2007.
 
 
Marvel Comics created their own version of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, when they introduced the Vanir Fafnir and his companion Blackrat to the Conan comics. The pairs of characters were very much alike and Roy Thomas, who wrote the original Conan comics, made no secret that it was his intention to create characters that were a tribute to Fritz Leiber's creations.
 
CREDITS
 
#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: The Crusty Bunkers
Cover: Michael Wm. Kaluta
 
 
 #2: May-June 1973
"Revenge of the Skull of Jewels" — "from Fritz Leiber's story, 'Thieves' House'" (1943 Unknown)
 
Writer: Denny O'Neil
Art: Howard Chaykin
Inks: The Crusty Bunkers (uncredited)
Cover: Howard Chaykin (pencils) and Berni Wrightson (inks) (uncredited)
 
 
 #3: July-August 1973
"Betrayal!" — original story by Denny O'Neil
 
Writer: Denny O'Neil (uncredited)
Pencils: Howard Chaykin (uncredited)
Inks: Michael Wm. Kaluta, Berni Wrightson (uncredited)
Cover: Howard Chaykin (pencils) and Vincente Alcazar (inks) (uncredited)
 
 
 
#4: September-October 1973
"The Cloud of Hate!" — "adapted from a story by Fritz Leiber" ("The Cloud of Hate", 1963 Fantastic)
 
Writer: Denny O'Neil
Artists: Chaykin, Inc.
"The Prophecy!" — original story by Denny O'Neil — featuring "Young Fafhrd the Barbarian"
 
Story: Denny O'Neil
Art: Walter Simonson
Cover: Howard Chaykin (pencils) and Walt Simonson (inks)
 
 
#5: November-December 1973
"The Sunken Land" — adaptation of Leiber's story (1942 Unknown) — featuring a romantically inclined, but mute, bird woman
 
Story: Denny O'Neil, Fritz Leiber
Art: Walter Simonson, Al Milgrom
"The Mouse Alone" — original story by George Alec Effinger — exploring the Gray Mouser's introduction to thievery —
 
Story: George Alec Effinger
Art: Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom
Cover: Walter Simonson (pencils & inks)
 
 
 
Props to the unknown scanner(s) for the scans.
 
 
If you liked these stories, check out the 1991 Epic Comics adaptations here:
 
 
 
Enjoy!
 
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Great stuff Stick!

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Cheers paw!

 

jammed now, will post the 1991 Epic Comics issues later

 

 

any self-respecting geek should recognize "Fafhrd & Gray Mouser"

I don't have the Wonder Woman issues, will search for, but this should be the only comics adaptations to date.


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