One of the more obscure titles in our British Comics on Film list has just been released on DVD.
Odeon Entertainment have released the 1949 B-movie The Adventures of Jane which is based on the Daily Mirror ‘s Jane comic strip. The film stars Christabel Leighton-Porter, the model that artist Norman Pett used as the basis for Jane in his drawings, and who also features in Andy Saunder’s factual book, Jane A Pin-Up At War. The DVD also includes the police thriller Murder at 3AM.
Anyone concerned, or alternatively gleeful, at the thought of seeing Jane/Christabel “in all her glory” should be aware that the nearly 60 year old movie only carries a PG certificate.
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.