Friday, November 4
Friday Filler? Or Just Another Excuse for Some Internet Smut?
The Daily Mirror's "Jane" comic was a great favorite of The Lads in the dark days of the Blitz; Jane would generally manage to lose most of her clothing over the course of four panels, which met with much approval among His Majesty's armed forces. Advance copies would be put on board submarines so the crew wouldn't have to do without.
Jane was modeled by Christabel Leighton-Porter (the renderng above is a bit more detailed than the comic was) who was an artists' model and later appeared as a showgirl in the West End (quite bravely; most theatre companies fled the area during the war) and made personal appearances as her comic strip persona.
During one of those appearances she met the Lord Chamberlain, who asked her what she did in her act. "Well," she explained, "at one stage I turn my back to the audience, take off my bra, and then cover my breasts with my hands as I turn 'round." After a moment's thoughtful silence the King's sidekick replied, "You must have very large hands."