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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
My question about the "Day by Day" strip popular with many blogs on the right: What's with all the outthrust gazongas as the characters declaim on the Surge in Iraq or the Pvt. BeauchampAffair? It's as if the day's Michelle Malkin talking points were being brought to you by Modesty Blaise.
For cheesecake that fights the good fight, give me the old "Jane" of the Daily Mirror -- the "strip that teased," whose namesake, constantly challenged by wardrobe malfunctions, was dubbed by Winston Churchill "Britain's secret weapon" of the Second World War.
In the arena of sex...British mainstream comics were often more daring than their American equivalents. The morning after D-Day, British soldiers were given a morale boost by the Daily Mirror's cartoon glamour girl, Jane, taking the phrase "comic strip" literally. Thenceforth, Jane's undressed body ("Give me a break, I can't find my panties!") was a British icon, a pen-and-ink precursor of the Page 3 girl. An American syndicate agreed to take her on, but artist Norman Pett was obliged to scribble clothing over her naked bits and even to censor her suspenders.
Posing for Jane was an artist's model and West End showgirl named Christabel Leighton-Porter, who made appearances as her comic 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." #