A trio of Seattle artists are helping launch the new adventures of the first female comic book character. All hail the return of Sheena!
SHEENA, QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #1 from Dynamite Entertainment is in comic book stores this week. The new series is written by Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo with art by Seattle creator Moritat.
This premiere issue is a new beginning for an iconic comic book heroine and a huge career milestone for two other Seattle creators. SHEENA, QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #1 is the first published work for a major publisher for Casey Silver and Dimi Macheras. The independent creators known as 80% Studios have been self-publishing their own comics like Guttertown Massive. You can find Silver behind the counter at Zanadu Comics managing the iconic Seattle comic shop.
Moritat and Macheras shared art duties on this debut issue. Silver shared coloring with Moritat. This is a major moment for the indie creators.
This week’s premiere is part of a new wave for the pulp era heroine. Sheena was created by comics legend Will Eisner and Jerry Iger in 1937 in Great Britain before swinging into jungle action in American books in 1938. Even before Wonder Woman, this jungle protector was the first female comic hero to headline her own comic book.
The Queen of the Jungle inspired two television series: one in the 1950’s and in the early 2000’s. There was even a Sheena movie in 1984. Millennium Films is reportedly working on a new film starring Sheena according to Deadline.
For now fans of the Jungle queen and her pulp era adventures can swing to local comic book shops to grab SHEENA, QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #1 and experience the craft of three Seattle artists. If you head to Zanadu Comics in Seattle you can actually meet one of the creators and check out the independent work that got them noticed.