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Will Eisner, Jerry Iger, Matt Baker, Robert Webb, Jack Kamen and Various
50 pages (February 1948); 9.2MB download
Shoulders of Giants; ISBN: SHGI-00067
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: Shadows of the jungle have a million peering eyes, says native legend. For days, Sheena felt those eyes, felt them watch her every move! The Mighty Jungle Queen feared not the twang of a hurtling spear, nor the throaty roar of the tawny one as he roamed the sun-blasted veldt, nor the gurgling death song of raging rapids. Yet those unseen eyes lined her face with deep concern, as she awoke in astonishment! This and more!