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Will Eisner, Jerry Iger, Matt Baker, Robert Webb, Jack Kamen and Various
53 pages (January 1948); 9.6MB download
Shoulders of Giants; ISBN: SHGI-00066
Publisher Thurman T. Scott, whose Fiction House group included the pulp imprints Glen-Kel and Real Adventures Publishing Co., expanded into comic books in the late 1930s when that emerging medium began to seem a viable adjunct to the fading pulps. Receptive to a sales call by Eisner & Iger, one of the prominent "packagers" of that time who produced complete comic books on demand for publishers looking to enter the field, Scott released Jumbo Comics #1 (Sept. 1938).
Fiction House star Sheena appeared in that initial issue. Will Eisner and S.M. "Jerry" Iger had created the leggy, leopard-wearing jungle goddess for the British magazine Wags, under the joint pseudonym "W. Morgan Thomas". But their much-imitated "female Tarzan" only became famous when writer "William Thomas" and artist Mort Meskin took over her exploits in Jumbo #1.
Fiction House's other features in that initial foray included the period adventure "Hawks of the Seas" (continuing a story from Quality Comics' Feature Funnies #12, after Eisner-Iger and Quality had had a falling out), and several now-obscure strips ("Peter Pupp"; "ZX-5 Spies in Action"; "Spencer Steel"; "Inspector Dayton") that nonetheless include future industry legend Jack Kirby's first comic-book work following his debut in Wild Boy Magazine:  the science fiction feature The Diary of Dr. Hayward (under the pseudonym "Curt Davis"), the modern-West crimefighter strip Wilton of the West (as "Fred Sande"), and Part One of the swashbuckling serialization of Alexandre Dumas, père 's The Count of Monte Cristo (as "Jack Curtiss"), each four pages long.
In this issue: SHEENA, JUNGLE QUEEN: "When the twelfth moon riseth, then shall the great god Bog-Umbo feast his fill upon glistening pearls!" Chanted the dancing warriors of Kalonga. "Bring your offerings now to our idol!: And thus it was that time of year again when Sheena and Bob made their annual pilgrimage... unsuspecting the danger that awaited them! This and more!