Sword & Fantasy #1

Fanzine published by James Van Hise.

Articles include detailed guides to several classic Robert E. Howard fanzines (CROSS PLAINS, LONE STAR FICTIONEER, etc). Jim also gives a detailed look at the Robert E. Howard story “Valley of the Worm.” There is also the transcript to the Wandering Star Robert E. Howard panel (which I was on) from the 2002 San Diego Comicon. Plus featuring his 7,000 word article on Karl Edward Wagner’s KANE series wherein he reviews and examines every published Kane story Wagner wrote. Jim also takes a detailed look at Gil Kane’s classic sword & sorcery comic BLACKMARK.

This issue also features artwork by Mike Zeck (a vintage Conan illustration he did in the 1970s, which is a real knockout), art by Steve Fabian, Rick McCollum and others. Plus some surprises, like a nice repro of an illo from the WEIRD TALES appearance of “Kings of the Night”.

Sword & Fantasy #9

Features include a 6 page reprint of the Frank Frazetta comic strip “Diamonds & Pebbles” from HAPPY COMICS #33 (Sept. 1949) in black and white (a version of this issue with the strip in full color is also available but at a higher price in a separate listing). An art folio by Howard Pyle. An original 9 page sword & sorcery comic strip by Ron Wilber “The Accursed Wizards Land.” Articles on H.P. Lovecraft from 1950s fanzines. “On Science Fiction And The Weird” by Seabury Quinn from the fanzine THE TALISMAN (Summer, 1950), a 5 page Roy Krenkel folio and more.

Sword & Fantasy #15

Front cover art by Allen Koszowski. Tribute to Frank Frazetta and Al Williamson. Article on the works of H.P. Lovecraft from a 1945 issue of THE NEW YORKER (one page shown below), and also an article on Lovecraft from the January 1946 ESQUIRE magazine. “The Last Romantic: Clark Ashton Smith” (from 1956). Two imitation Frazetta covers from foreign Conan paperbacks (one shown below). and more.

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