Jane

Jane The wartime comic strip character

Inspired by the wartime cartoon figure of Jane whose clothes always seemed to miraculously fall off
Christabel Leighton-Porter
Source: Another Jane’s Journal by Pett

The cartoon featuring Jane appeared in the Daily Mirror from 1932 to 1959 and was created and drawn by Norman Pett. Initially Pett’s wife modelled for the character and she appeared in single pictures It was not until 1940 when Christabel Leighton-Porter became the model for Jane and, to quote Norman Pett, ‘she began to appear as a strip and to strip,’ that she became popular.

Although Jane’s misadventures often culminated in her losing her clothes it was not until 1944 when she first appeared nude. The effect on British troops was such that Winston Churchill suggested that Jane was ‘Britain’s secret weapon’

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