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Jester (Quality)

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Real Name

Chuck Lane

First Appearance

Smash Comics #22 (May 1941)

Original Publisher


Created by

Paul Gustavson

Golden Age Origin

Chuck Lane was a rookie cop who felt he could do more good than by just being a cop alone. He learned his ancestor was a jester in a medieval court and used his ancestry to base the costumed identity of Jester. As the Jester, Lane became a comical crime fighter making a laughing-stock out of his enemies. The Jester was known to be unpredictable and would use his eerie laugh and jingling bells to intimidate criminals. Chuck wore his jester costume underneath his cop uniform.

Although the Jester never teamed up with any other Quality Comics characters on panel, he made references to knowing Midnight, Lady Luck and Daffy Dill the Lady Wrestler. Jester's costume is nearly identical the costume worn by another, villainous Jester who appeared in an earlier Madame Fatal story. There is no in-story explanation for this.

Legal Note

While the Golden Age version of Jester is in the public domain, all subsequent versions published by DC Comics and their imprint Vertigo comics are NOT public domain. That said, it is worth noting that DC Comics barely used the character aside from one appearance in the 1990s Starman series and a few cameos.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Smash Comics #22-85

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