Swordsmen and Supermen

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Swordsmen and Supermen
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Cover of Swordsmen and Supermen
Author Robert E. Howard and others
Cover artist Virgil Finlay
Country United States
Language English
Series Time-Lost series
Genre Fantasy short stories
Publisher Centaur Press
Publication date
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 120 pp.
ISBN 0-87818-007-9
OCLC 12820329

Swordsmen and Supermen is an anonymously edited anthology of fantasy stories by Robert E. Howard and others, with a cover by Virgil Finlay. It was first published in paperback by Centaur Press in February 1972.[1] The anonymous editor has been identified by bibliographers Jack L. Chalker and Mark Owings and by critic Roger C. Schlobin as the publisher, Donald M. Grant.[1][2]

The book collects five novelettes and short stories by various fantasy authors, with a general introductory note and introductory notes on the authors and stories prefacing each story. The stories are "swashbuckling fantastic yarns" both from the pulp era of the 1920s and 1930s and the period in which the book was published.



The anthology has been characterized by critic Roger C. Schlobin as "an outstanding group of five new and reprinted examples and sorcery." He considers "the Crombie tale, concerning a questing shape-changer ... a particular treat."[2]


  1. ^ a b Swordsmen and Supermen title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  2. ^ a b Schlobin, Roger C. "Masterpieces of Modern Fantasy: an Annotated Core List," in The Science Fiction Reference Book, edited by Marshall B. Tymn, Mercer Island, WA, Starmont House, c1981, p. 286.