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Swords of the Swashbucklers

Swords of the Swashbucklers first appeared in the Marvel Graphic Novel range. Epic Comics, a division of Marvel Comics, began publishing it as a twelve-issue limited series between March 1985 and March 1987. The series was created by Bill Mantlo and Jackson Guice.

Swords of the Swashbucklers
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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
FormatGraphic novel (Marvel Graphic Novels)
Limited series (Epic Comics)
No. of issues1 (Marvel Graphic Novels)
12 (Epic Comics)
Creative team
Created byBill Mantlo
Jackson Guice
Written byBill Mantlo
Artist(s)Jackson Guice (GN, #1-4)
Geof Isherwood (#5-8, 10, 12)
Colleen Doran (#9, 11)
Collected editions
Sword of the Swashbucklers hardcoverISBN 1524106216

Publication historyEdit

Number Title Published Writers Artists Notes
Officially numbered titles
0 Marvel Graphic Novel #14 October 1984 Bill Mantlo Jackson Guice
1 Shock Waves March 1985 Bill Mantlo Jackson Guice
2 …And A Child Will Lead Them July 1985 Bill Mantlo Jackson Guice
3 Adrift September 1985 Bill Mantlo Jackson Guice
4 The Weirdling! November 1985 Bill Mantlo Jackson Guice
5 A House Divided January 1986 Bill Mantlo Geof Isherwood
6 Run For Cover! March 1986 Bill Mantlo Geof Isherwood
7 Rats March 1986 Bill Mantlo Geof Isherwood
8 Bog-Thing May 1986 Bill Mantlo Geof Isherwood
9 Starmaps September 1986 Bill Mantlo Colleen Doran
10 The Prince November 1986 Bill Mantlo Geof Isherwood
11 Whatever Happened to Black Bess? December 1986 Bill Mantlo Colleen Doran
12 The Memory March 1987 Bill Mantlo Geof Isherwood

Plot synopsisEdit

Swords of the Swashbucklers is set in an alternate dimension to Earth in which the inhabitants resemble Earth's pirates of old. A powerful, evil race of aliens known as the Colonizers controls the dimension while rebel "Swashbucklers" rob and pillage their oppressors so that they might survive. In one battle, The Admiral of the Colonizers' armada, J'Rel discovers Earth and kidnaps two humans. The couple's daughter, Domino Blackthorne Drake, finds the "Swashbucklers" and agrees to use her unique powers to fight the Colonizers if the Pirate Queen, Captain Raader, and her crew should help her to rescue her parents. The series chronicles the ensuing battles and the adventures of the "Swashbucklers" and their two charismatic female leaders.

Collected editionsEdit

In 2017, Dynamite Entertainment announced plans to publish a complete collection of the original graphic novel and twelve-issue series, partly funded by a Kickstarter campaign (ISBN 1524106216).[1]



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