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Jane Barlow

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Jane Barlow

Real Name

Jane Barlow

First Appearance

Top-Notch Comics #1 (1939)

Original Publisher


Created by

Will Harr and Edd Ashe Jr.


Jane Barlow was a reporter for the Daily Citizen, a newspaper later inherited by her fiancé, Blane Whitney. Jane and Blane were together for a long time, before she became disenchanted with his flamboyant play-boy life style cover story and became interested in the adventures of the super-hero, the Wizard. Jane was completely unaware they were, in fact, one and the same. They later reconciled and married.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Top-Notch Comics #1, 4-5, 7-8, 10-13, 15-25, 27
  • Shield-Wizard Comics #8


  • Starring the Wizard and the Shield, Jane's appearance in Top-Notch Comics #5 (May 1940) was the first crossover storyline in American comic books, narrowly beating out the more famous Sub-Mariner/Human Torch crossover in Marvel Mystery Comics #8-9 (June-July 1940).
  • It is not known whether the Jane that appeared in Top-Notch Comics was, in fact, Jane Barlow. In that first appearance, she had red hair, with no last name mentioned. Later appearances do the include the last name with no mention of the aforementioned appearance having ever taken place but, Blane and Jane do know each other so... they must have previously met somewhere?. Also, it's important to note that female characters changing hair color at random and poor continuity were a staple of Golden Age comics so, who knows?

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