Jane’s Journal, the Diary of a Bright Young Thing, was launched in the Daily Mirror in 1932. Drawn by Norman Pett, it was his response to a challenge to create a comic strip that would be as popular with adults as the famous Pip, Squeak & Wilfred (started in the Mirror in 1919) was with children.
William Norman Pett was born in 1891. After being invalided out of the armed forces during the Great War, he took a correspondence course in drawing from Percy Bradshaw’s Press Art School, which also taught many other cartoonists. Later, he taught art at the Mosley Road Junior Art School and at Birmingham Central School of Art. In the 1920s Pett worked as a Punch cartoonist as well as producing cartoons for other publications. Pett initially used his wife Mary as a life model for Jane. When Mary developed other interests, Pett then used another artists’ model that he met at the Central School of Art, Christabel Leighton-Porter, as his new life model. Continue reading “Jane’s Journal, The Diary of a Bright Young Thing (1932-1959)”