Recently sold on eBay by Violet Antiques, these rare greetings cards featuring the Daily Mirror heroine Jane are the work of, and signed by, her creator Norman Pett.
Created by Pett for the Daily Mirror in 1932, using Christabel Leighton-Porter as the model (also known as Chrystabel or Crystabel Leighton-Porter), the ever patriotic Jane wasted no time in joining up following Britain’s entry into the World War Two.
Longtime downthetubes readers will recall Titan Books published The Misadventures of Jane, a fantastic collection of two of her adventures back in 2009 (reviewed here and still a available here on AmazonUK).
Other “Jane” merchandise included at least one jigsaw and contemporary collections, detailed here on Richard Sheaf’s Boys Adventure Comics blog.
• Norman Pett books on AmazonUK (Affiliate link)
With thanks to Richard Sheaf
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.