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Volume 0322Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, the first successful female action hero in comics, debuted in Jumbo Comics #1 in September 1938. This blond, beautiful, spear-carrying, jungle girl in a scanty leopard skin was one of 19-year-old Will Eisner's first creations. He said he created Sheena to be a female counterpart of Tarzan and that he borrowed the name from the H. Ryder Haggard novel, She. This jungle goddess went on to star in over 150 comic books from 1938 to 1953, Sheena's father was explorer Cardwell Rivington, whose witch doctor friend raised Sheena to become a heroic champion of good over evil in savage Africa. Sheena was played in a 26-episode, 1956 TV series by pin-up Irish McCalla.
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SHEENA, QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE
1928: Actress Irish McCalla (1928.12.25 Pawnee City, Nebraska - 2002.02.01 Tucson, Arizona) starred in She Demons (1958), Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (1955) and The Beat Generation (1959). She overcame a brain tumor in 1969 and again when it returned in 1981. President of McCalla Enterprises, Inc. Member of Woman Artists of the American West. Her art work is displayed in the Western White House, Los Angeles Museum of Arts and Sciences, and the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. She was once a "Varga Girl" model. Has painted more than 1,000 paintings, eight collector plates and numerous limited edition lithographs.
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The statuesque pin-up star whose measurements were 39-24-38, began appearing in girlie magazines; a photographer recommended her for the role of leopardskin-suited Sheena in the jungle series. Irish was cast in the role of Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (1955) only after Anita Ekberg had declined the part.
Following her retirement from acting, she became an accomplished painter of seascapes and Western or Native American motifs. She was married to Patrick Horgan and Patrick H. McIntyre.
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle
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