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”.

Contents

  • 1 •  Sword & Fantasy #1 • interior artwork by Rick McCollum
  • 2 • Mission Statement (Sword & Fantasy #1) • essay by James Van Hise
  • 2 •  Mission Statement (Sword & Fantasy #1) • interior artwork by Rick McCollum
  • 3 •  Sword & Fantasy #1 • interior artwork by Mike Zeck
  • 4 • In Memoriam: Robert E. Howard • (1936) • essay by Jack Byrne and Otis Adelbert Kline and H. P. Lovecraft and E. Hoffmann Price
  • 9 •  Sword & Fantasy #1 (“Etched in the dying sun stood Kull”) • (1930) • interior artwork by Hugh Rankin
  • 9 • The Song of Bran • (1930) • poem by Robert E. Howard
  • 10 • The 2002 San Diego Comicon Wandering Star / Robert E. Howard Panel • essay by James Van Hise
  • 14 •  The 2002 San Diego Comicon Wandering Star / Robert E. Howard Panel • interior artwork by Gary Gianni
  • 27 •  Sword & Fantasy #1 • interior artwork by Mark Schultz
  • 28 • A Robert E. Howard Fanzine Rises from the Grave! • essay by uncredited
  • 30 •  A Robert E. Howard Fanzine Rises from the Grave! • interior artwork by Gene Day
  • 32 • The REH Fanzines: Cross Plains • essay by uncredited
  • 32 •  The REH Fanzines: Cross Plains • interior artwork by Stephen Fabian
  • 34 • The REH Fanzines: REH: Lone Star Fictioneer • essay by uncredited
  • 34 •  The REH Fanzines: REH: Lone Star Fictioneer • interior artwork by Stephen Fabian
  • 36 •  The REH Fanzines: REH: Lone Star Fictioneer • interior artwork by George Barr
  • 37 •  The REH Fanzines: REH: Lone Star Fictioneer • interior artwork by Nestor Redondo
  • 38 • A Guide to the Robert E. Howard Related Material in Fantasy Crossroads • essay by uncredited
  • 39 •  A Guide to the Robert E. Howard Related Material in Fantasy Crossroads • interior artwork by Herb Arnold
  • 41 •  A Guide to the Robert E. Howard Related Material in Fantasy Crossroads • interior artwork by Stephen Fabian
  • 42 • Karl Edward Wagner’s Kane • essay by James Van Hise
  • 42 •  Karl Edward Wagner’s Kane • interior artwork by Rick McCollum
  • 56 • The Valley of the Worm(s) • essay by James Van Hise
  • 56 •  The Valley of the Worm(s) • interior artwork by Ron Wilber
  • 60 •  The Valley of the Worm(s) • interior artwork by Richard Corben
  • 64 •  The Valley of the Worm(s) • (1934) • interior artwork by Hugh Rankin
  • 65 •  The Valley of the Worm(s) • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 66 • Gil Kane’s Blackmark: The First Sword & Sorcery Graphic Novel • essay by James Van Hise
  • 66 •  Gil Kane’s Blackmark: The First Sword & Sorcery Graphic Novel • (1971) • interior artwork by Gil Kane
  • 74 • An Explanation for Censorship from Donald M. Grant • essay by James Van Hise
  • 75 •  Letter to James van Hise, April 29, 1994 • essay by Donald M. Grant
  • 77 •  Sword & Fantasy #1 (Cover of “Weird Tales”) • interior artwork by C. C. Senf (variant of cover art for Weird Tales, September 1931 1931)
  • 78 •  Conan as Drawn by Gustave Doré? • (1879) • interior artwork by Gustave Doré
  • 79 •  Sword & Fantasy #1 [2] • interior artwork by Rick McCollum
  • 80 •  Solomon Kane • (1946) • interior artwork by Zdenek Burian
  • 82 • Next Issue • essay by uncredited
  • 82 •  Next Issue • interior artwork by Rick McCollum
  • bc •  Sword & Fantasy #1 • interior artwork by Jim Keegan (variant of cover art for Sword & Fantasy, #1 January 2005)
Publisher : James Van Hise
Year : January 2005
Type: Fanzine
Format : Quarto (8.5″ x 11″ magazine)
Pages : 86
Cover : Design by Jim Keegan, art by Roy G. Krenkel
Illustrations : None

Notes

Side stapled single sheets.

The front and back cover is the Roy Krenkel art shown below, which was made available to Jim van Hise by a collector. It has not been confirmed that Krenkel actually did this art and Frazetta then based his CONAN THE WARRIOR painting on it, or whether Krenkel was inspired to do his own unique interpretation of the image. The back cover image of the art is slightly larger than the front cover version shown below. There is some dispute about this art since it is unsigned.

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”.

Tags: Donald M. Grant / E. Hoffmann Price / Gary Gianni / Gene Day / George Barr / Gil Kane / Gustave Doré / H. P. Lovecraft / Herb Arnold / Hugh Rankin / James Van Hise / Jim Keegan / Mark Schultz / Mike Ball / Mike Zeck / Nestor Redondo / Otis Adelbert Kline / Richard Corben / Rick McCollum / Robert E. Howard / Ron Wilber / Stephen Fabian / Zdenek Burian