Would U Buy It #80: "DCCCL: Sword of Sorcery"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:DC Comics Classics Library: Sword of Sorcery.
Alternate Title:Sword of Sorcery: Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser.
Collecting 7 Issues:
  • Wonder Woman (1942) #201-202
  • Sword of Sorcery #1-5
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Sword of Sorcery #2

DC Comics recently launched a title called Sword of Sorcery, featuring the New 52 versions of Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld, and Beowulf. Not surprisingly, the title Sword of Sorcery has been used before, in 1973, and featured Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser. Now, Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser, characters originally created by Fritz Lieber, enjoyed some popularity in 1990 as a mini-series from Epic, and a resurgence in back issue interest, when the series' penciller, Mike Mignola, absolutely exploded in popularity, with the creation of Hellboy in 1993.

It's interesting to note that DC's version of Fafhrd and Mouser first appeared in Wonder Woman #201-202, a full seven months before the appearance of Sword of Sorcery #1. Why that title was the testing ground for this series is anyone's guess, but I've included them in this TPB (and they've already been reprinted once, in Diana Prince: Wonder Woman, Volume 4).

For the cover, it's natural to simply want to go with the cover to Sword of Sorcery #1, but I think I'd go with #2 instead. The giant skull with the large ruby eyes makes the cover pop a little bit. With the title in common with the 2012 series, if done now, this TPB might actually catch a few readers' eyes. I'd add the "DC Comics Classics Library" tag to the title, just to differentiate it from any trades of the 2012 series. However, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are not unknown names, so the alternate title of Sword of Sorcery: Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser might also grab a reader's attention.

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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#1 Posted by RazzaTazz (11941 posts) - - Show Bio

Interesting but I wouldn't buy it, I have read the WW though and it was good.

#2 Posted by cbishop (9385 posts) - - Show Bio

@RazzaTazz said:

Interesting but I wouldn't buy it, I have read the WW though and it was good.

Yeah, I think this would be for a pretty specific market, and draw a few who are just curious. I fall into the "just curious" category. I just like something about these 70's & 80's short lived barbarian/ sword & sorcery titles. They can be fun, and for whatever reason, they work well when mixed with different genres.

#3 Posted by brc2000 (1686 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd probably buy it, but then I'm a huge Sword & Sorcery fan.

#4 Posted by cbishop (9385 posts) - - Show Bio

@brc2000 said:

I'd probably buy it, but then I'm a huge Sword & Sorcery fan.

I think it'd be a fun read. DC has a new Sword of Sorcery title out now, so it'd be the perfect time for them to reprint the older stuff. The first three issues had a a back-up featuring a revamp of Beowulf, and the next issue starts a Stalker back-up. That's two short series they could put out in reprint, just to show fans that they didn't just come up with this stuff off the wall. And those series weren't bad - there just wasn't a large audience for them.

#5 Posted by cbishop (9385 posts) - - Show Bio

The site redesign had messed this blog up for a bit, and I couldn't get into it to edit it. So for a brief time, I had redone this blog as a list, and these are the comments from that list (the list is now deleted):

Who:Date/Time:Comment:
kfhrfdu_89_76k6/7/14 @11:01am

Let me ask my Magic eight ball.

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Don`t count on it.

cbishop6/7/14 @9:06pm

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: As with Cops: The Job, I think most would agree with you. In this case, I think that might be unfortunate. While sword and sorcery titles can often get to be formulaic, the art is usually gorgeous. I'm not sure why that is, but you get realistic proportions on the people (even the ones who look like body builders) beautiful animals, and awesome monsters. They have to draw real stuff, like people sitting in chairs lol. As a general rule, I don't buy these titles new, but if I can find them cheap, I always seem to enjoy them.

kfhrfdu_89_76k6/8/14 @2:33am

For most/alot of readers, it ain`t enough. I don`t read most super comics, because they`re formulaic.

cbishop6/8/14 @3:06am

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: That can be true. Not always though.

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