It’s been a good week for Tarzan in general—first a look at his latest cinematic incarnation (played by Alexander Skarsgård’s abs), and then a ridiculously wild trailer—but also good news for fans following his comic book escapades! Dynamite’s latest Tarzan book will team him up with the undisputed Queen of the Jungle: Sheena!
Sheena, created by Will Eisner and Jerry Eiger, made her debut in 1937 before shortly getting her own comic book, Sheena, Queen of the Jungle—four years before Wonder Woman made her much vaunted debut—making her the first ever female comic book hero to get her own standalone series. But nearly 80 years of adventure later, she’s making her entrance in Dynamite’s range of pulp revival comics, going toe-to-toe with the legendary Tarzan. We’re proud to announce Lords of the Jungle, right here on io9!
Written by Corrina Bechko with art by Roberto Castro, Lords of the Jungle will see Tarzan and Sheena cross paths when Sheena finds her displaced out of time and space, and suddenly in 1930’s Africa—unsure of whether Tarzan will be a friend or foe. Here’s Bechko on her plan for giving Sheena an update for 2016:
When writing characters like these, it’s always best to be mindful of their history. If they don’t feel like the same people, what’s the point? The flip side of that is remembering that they need to feel fresh and relevant.
The Sheena we’re introducing here is a bit younger than some of the iterations there have been over the years, but she can definitely take care of herself. She’s not someone you’d want to be on the wrong side of in a fight.
Dynamite have been doing a cracking job reviving some legendary pulp heroes for their comics lately, but this sounds like it could be a ton of fun, and a cool way to reintroduce one of comic’s oldest heroes to a modern audience.
Lords of the Jungle #1 will be out March 16th, 2016.
Header image credit: Sheena, Queen of the Jungle #13 cover by Maurice Whitman, 1951