The Press: Jane

U.S. soldiers in Britain learned to like a leggy, blond comic-strip character named Jane. Each day in the London Daily Mirror, Artist W. Norman Pett found some way of making Jane lose all, or almost all her clothes (TIME, Oct. 18, 1943). He was pretty inventive about it: Jane would catch her skirt in a bicycle sprocket, in revolving machinery, in a plane fall (see cut) or a pratfall.

G.I.s thought Jane would be a natural for American audiences. So did Hearst's King Features, and last week it took steps to syndicate Jane's comic strip tease to the U.S., starting in October....

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