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Will Eisner, Jerry Iger, Matt Baker, Robert Webb, Jack Kamen and Various
53 pages (April 1949); 9.6MB download
Shoulders of Giants; ISBN: SHGI-00064
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 crime fighter strip Wilton of the West (as "Fred Sande"), and Part One of the swashbuckling serialization of Alexandre Dumas, pÃƒÂ¨re 's The Count of Monte Cristo (as "Jack Curtiss"), each four pages long.
In this issue: SHEENA, JUNGLE QUEEN in: Seekers of the Terror Fangs, plus HAWK, SKY GIRL, ZX-5 and more!