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Sword of Sorcery (1973) - #1
"The Price of Pain Ease"
DC Comics

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Fritz Leiber
Dennis 'Denny' O'Neil

Howard Chaykin

Crusty Bunkers

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Dennis 'Denny' O'Neil

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Michael William Kaluta - 'Michael Wm. Kaluta, Mike Kaluta'

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Cover Date: Feb/Mar 1973
Cover Price: US $ 0.20

Issue Tagline:
Featuring Fafhrd the Barbarian! and the Gray Mouser!
Know Ye... Beyond the Portals of the Castle of Shadows Waits Death Himself!
First Astonishing Issue!

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages

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Letters Column: Swordsmen's Scrolls

In Lankhmar on the run from the Thieves' Guild, Duke Darius and the law, barbarian Fafhrd and master thief Gray Mouser escape on unicorns which take them to wizards Sheelba and Ningauble. Each wizard covets the Mask of Death which sits upon the throne of Death himself and each orders one of our heroes to bring back the mask for him ... or else! Meanwhile, Duke Darius acquires an enchanted axe hoping to avoid his death by killing Death himself. Inside the Shadowlands, the two unicorns drop Fafhrd and Mouser inside Death's Palace. Seeing the mask unattended the two battle for the right to possess it. The Duke enters, planning on disarming the adventurers and then confronting Death.

Reprinted/Collected in:
Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser: The Cloud of Hate and Other Stories (2016) TPB

1st issue letter column comprised of Denny O'Neil's introduction to Fritz Leiber, Fafhrd & Gray Mouser

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Ningauble of the Seven Eyes
Sheelba of the Eyeless Face

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