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Comic Book: Sheena, Queen of the Jungle

Sheena, Queen of the Jungle is a comic book character created by Will Eisner and S.M. "Jerry" Iger (exactly who came up with the original concept is in dispute as both men have claimed credit). Sheena first appeared in a British tabloid comic called Wags in 1937. Her American debut occurred a year later as a reprint published in the first issue of Fiction House's Jumbo Comics. Sheena soon became the featured character in Jumbo Comics and appeared in every one of the book's 167 issues, ending in April of 1957.

Sheena also appeared in her own self-titled book, running from the Spring of 1942 to the Winter of 1952-1953. She was the first female character to headline her own book, beating Wonder Woman into publication by three months.

Sheena was brought to Africa as a young child by her father, and explorer named Cardwell Rivington, who became friends with a tribal witch doctor named Koba. Koba became quite attached to Rivington, who taught him English. When Rivington planned to move on, Koba concocted a magic potion that would make his friend decide to stay. Unfortunately Koba botched the potion and Rivington died.

Koba took the orphaned Sheena under his wing and she grew up to become skilled in the ways of the jungle. Under the tutelage of the witch doctor, she became a strong, courageous and beautiful Jungle Princess. As an adult, Sheena met Bob Reynolds, a hunter/explorer who would become her Love Interest. Along with Bob and her pet ape Chim, Sheena spent the majority of her time battling evil white hunters, slave traders, misguided natives and the occasional rampaging wildlife. She also frequently found herself having to rescue the hapless Bob, who was always blundering into sticky situations.

Reprints of the original Sheena comics were issued by Blackthorne in the 1980s, and AC Comics in the 1990s. New series included a 1998 mini-series from London Night Studios (generally not well-regarded by fans), and a 2007 series from Devil's Due Publishing. The comic rights to Sheena currently reside with Moonstone.

In other media, Sheena has appeared in a pulp magazine, a 1950s TV series, a 1984 feature film, and a 2000 TV series.

Tropes in Sheena comics include:


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