"Sheena is one of the first-ever jungle heroines, a hypnotic character who has captured the hearts and imagination of fans throughout the decades," Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci said in a statement. "Her long-running series in the 1940s and 1950s established her as a powerful and wild character, a welcome role reversal of traditional jungle action tropes who spent much of her time saving hapless men in distress. We're thrilled to add Sheena to our line, and we are honored that we are able to make her first adventure a historic one which will bring her -- for the first time ever -- face-to-face with the archetypal jungle hero, Tarzan!"
Created by Will Eisner and Jerry Iger as a counterpart to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan, Sheena debuted in the U.K. publication "Wags" #1 and became the first female character to carry her own comic. The character also appeared in several television and film adaptations, played by such actresses as Irish McCalla, Tanya Roberts and Gena Lee Nolin.
Dynamite previously acquired the right to Tarzan and published the "Lord of the Jungle" series starring the character.
"When you consider the depth of the legends of Sheena and Tarzan, you wonder why this hasn't been done before," said Jim Sullos, president of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc, in the press release. "We're looking forward to the exciting adventure that Dynamite will create with this crossover. It will become a classic. I've already reserved my copy."
Dynamite's agreement with rights holders Galaxy Publishing and Valdoro Entertainment includes classic reprints, statues, trading cards, action figures and more.