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1562: Shanna the She-Devil #2 (v1)

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Shanna the She-Devil #2 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Jim Steranko
Writers: Carole Seuling
Pencilers: Ross Andru
Inkers: Vincent Colletta
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: February 1973
Release Date: November 1972
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 224                 Times Rated: 152
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
When slavers capture tribesmen near the preservation, Shanna is approached by S.H.I.E.L.D. to make a daring rescue attempt.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Shanna last appeared in Shanna the She-Devil #1 (v1). Shanna next appears in Shanna the She-Devil #3 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Ina last appeared in Shanna the She-Devil #1 (v1). Ina next appears in Shanna the She-Devil #3 (v1).
Biri last appeared in Shanna the She-Devil #1 (v1). Biri next appears in Shanna the She-Devil #3 (v1).
  Patrick McShane
Patrick McShane last appeared in Shanna the She-Devil #1 (v1). Patrick McShane next appears in Shanna the She-Devil #3 (v1).
  Jakuna Singh
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Jakuna Singh in the mainstream continuity. Jakuna Singh next appears in Shanna the She-Devil #4 (v1).
  El Montano
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by El Montano in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Abdullah in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
Group Appearances
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Captain America #153 (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Captain America #161 (v1).
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Issue Review
   September 17, 2013
#2 is VERY different to the first issue. The is a more generic case-of-the-month superhero yarn, with Shanna accepting a dangerous mission from S.H.I.E.L.D. It's all enjoyable enough, but very ordinary. 6/10
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-05-28 10:04:33  
  Plays out like a bad B-movie. Cats that do what they're told! Frenchmen on the moon! Hah. You go girl!  

  poj-poj Says:    
  2013-03-27 16:30:11  
  interesting to see a "hero" actualy kill a bad guy in cold blood (and a female good guy doing it even). (yeah yeah, the cats and the slaves did it.. but still)  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-07-28 19:23:01  
  Shanna is hard core.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-11-18 22:50:07  
  Jakuna Singh is a lost opportunity for an awesome regular character..  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-12 15:31:29  
  I'm still trying to figure out the heroin in the moon rocket bit.  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-12-18 01:16:47  
  Not a fan of this character but I gave this three stars for all the straight up murder Shanna commits, especially feeding a guy alive to two jungle cats. I was also amused that she's insulted by his sexism immediately after cracking the first of many fat jokes at his expense...  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2015-02-01 03:15:20  
  Not near as good as her last issue, but still okay. I was surprised to see drugs referenced so explicitly in a Marvel comic.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-26 16:30:27  
  CSI meme...

With 500 kilos of heroin aboard, I'd say that rocket is...
*Throws shades ob*
Completely spaced.


  duncanm Says:    
  2015-04-26 19:26:27  
  For those having issues understanding the whole drug-rocket plan, it's probably because it is so stupid. He had people fill the rocket with "a billion dollars" worth of heroin in France, so that he could take control of the rocket and deliver it to himself. First off, putting that much heroin on the ship is going to take up a lot of space, which means they would need to remove vital equipment, since those old things are only designed to carry so much. And that's assuming it is unmanned, otherwise it would be even more stupid. Secondly, renting a private plane and flying it to your base would be a whole lot cheaper, and a whole lot easier.
Math check: In the current, real world a kilo of heroin is about $10,000-$20,000. In the Marvel U in the early 70s, with fatty's claim of a billion dollars worth of heroin, and Sheena telling us later that there was 500 kilos on board, heroin is $2,000,000/kilo. Only rich people be getting high.

  TheAmazingGatorMan @ duncanm (original post):    
  2015-05-26 12:17:43  
  You seem to know quite a bit about the Heroin trade... ;-)  

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-07-11 21:37:33  
  El Montano would be a lot scarier if he didn't wear socks with sandals.

This is an abysmal issue. Andru's art is fuzzy, the inking is rough, the dialogue is filled with cliches, and the heroin rocket-napping plot is nonsensical. (And unnecessary! Just make this story about rescuing slaves.) I really want to like Shanna but this was just the worst.

  phogbear @ duncanm (original post):    
  2015-11-20 17:17:09  
  I was thinking that there is no way a billion dollars could be in that rocket. Where's Number 1 when you need him?

The cost of the heroin is secondary to the cost of the fuel. There is a reason we don't put our garbage in rockets and send them into space. To expensive. Its far far far cheaper to deal with it here on earth. Take a couple of flame throwers and torch the heroin.


  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-06-06 13:39:44  
  A weird plot and a cliché villain, but I kind of like Shanna's ruthlessness and her teamwork with the leopards.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-02-27 21:26:18  
  2 stars for Shanna being a enabler to the Watcher's drug habit!!!

Cover Me - Awesome cover by Steranko! Even though there are hyenas on the cover while inside it's wolves!!!

Seinfeld - Whoa, for a second there, I thought the tribe's name was fusilli!!!

What A View - I'm with Patrick on Shanna-Watching!!!

Skins - I'm surprised SHIELD used Shanna when usually Fury does it all by himself...bare chested!!!

Chafe - It looks like that leather belt that goes around Shanna's waist and into her fur bikini bottom would be uncomfortable!!

Cool Cats - Ina and Biri make great sidekicks!!!

Jungle Law - Shanna was going to kill El Montano if she hadn't run out of ammunition!!!

Roll Call - @skalchemist: agreed, Jakuna Singh would've made a nice addition to main SHIELD stories!!

'Nuff Said - "Your cholesterol will finish you even if we don't!"-Shanna the She-Nutritionist

  Russ Says:    
  2017-05-02 19:01:23  
  Putting heroin in rockets? This gives an entirely new meaning to the term "Space Junk."

And Shanna having her kitties kill that jail guard? That's both bada$$ and cold! We have a female Punisher for the jungle set. Then again, what do you expect from a hero who's wearing her pets' mother's skin?

3 stars. I'm not sure of the point of this whole thing, but it was somewhat entertaining for the action and the trash talk.

  ClownShoes Says:    
  2017-05-15 12:32:10  
  Using the corpse of an endangered species as a weapon... ok. I'm interested.  

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-05-21 04:39:03  
  There must be a lot of double sided tape in Africa. There is absolutely no other way Shanna isn't falling out of that top.  

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-08-09 09:23:32  
  Though I recognize the undeniable flaws of this issue, I love seeing Shanna run through a pastiche of contemporary action movies.

Kudos to @duncanm for working out the reasoning behind the crazy heroin-smuggling scheme. This comic was written a year after the French Connection was released, so the idea "there's a lot of heroin to smuggle out of France" was familiar to the contemporary audience. Of course, rocketing it to Africa doesn't do much to get it to the US buyers who would actually pay for it ...

The rocket theft is taken straight from You Only Live Twice, and that probably explains why Shanna goes on a James Bond-esque rampage once she's inside El Montano's underground lair.

It's rare for a female character to get to be a full-on action star even today; to see it done in 1973 is positively incredible. Granted, it would have been nice if Ms. Seuling had more time to polish up Shanna's cringe-worthy Bond one-liners.

There's enough plot to fill up two separate adventures (rescue slaves and stop smugglers), so cramming them together renders things a little rushed. There wasn't even time to do justice to the sand yachts, a crazy awesome idea to bring into a comic.

Silver lining: The sheer volume of ideas to tackle means that it's one of the few #2s of the era that includes *zero* redundant recap panels, and that's danged refreshing.

I can see why this title didn't last too long, but it's a heckuva fun ride while it's here.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-12-03 20:45:54  
  Goofy. Silly, But still fun.

I do have one question: how would Shanna's costume work in real life. Those straps seem to move with a life of their own.

3 stars

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Date User Name Update
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   April 10, 2017 Neskit Changed comic details.
   June 8, 2016 fragsel Added Jakuna Singh to the issue.
   June 8, 2016 fragsel Added Abdullah to the issue.
   June 8, 2016 fragsel Added El Montano to the issue.
   June 5, 2016 MattzLadd Added Patrick McShane to the issue.
   January 30, 2016 Raistlin903 Changed comic details.
   August 4, 2014 Neskit Added Biri to the issue.
   August 4, 2014 Neskit Added Ina to the issue.
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