We have an exclusive look inside the first issue of Dynamite's new Sheena series from Marguerite Bennett, Christina Trujillo and Moritat. The new series starts with a 25-cent zero issue that comes out in August (final order cutoff is soon, so tell your retailer if you want one) which is a great and inexpensive way to get into a new series.
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle was the first female character with her own comic line starting in 1937 in the U.K. and a year later in the United States. She lead to the Jungle Girl crazy that would follow, but Sheena wasn't the first in literature. Rima, the Jungle Girl was created in 1904 for novels by W. H. Hudson but didn't jump to comics until the early '70s. Sheena is definitely queen of the comic book jungle.
Sheena also made the jump to live action in 1955 with a 26-episode TV series starring model Irish McCalla. Then there was a 1984 film with Tanya Roberts, and finally, another TV series with Gena Lee Nolin in 2000. It was also revealed in the book Rock And Roll Baby Names that the Ramones' song Sheena Is A Punk Rocker was inspired by the Jungle Queen.
Sheena has quiet the history and this would be her 80th anniversary.
The synopsis for the first issue reads:
When a dangerous group of mercenaries sent by Cadwell Industries accuses her village of murdering one of their men, Sheena is forced to make a deal. To save her home, Sheena now has twenty-four hours to find the missing man alive; if she fails, the mercenaries will attack—and they take no prisoners. But Sheena is not the only one hunting for the missing man…
The first issue comes with covers by J. Scott Campbell, Ryan Sook, Moritat, Carli Ihde and a cosplay cover. For more on Sheena #1, click here.