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Crazy Jane as depicted on the cover of Doom Patrol #63 (January 1993)
|First appearance||Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #19 (February 1989)|
|Created by||Grant Morrison (writer)|
Richard Case (artist)
|Alter ego||Kay Challis|
|Team affiliations||Doom Patrol|
|Notable aliases||Various, see Personalities|
Crazy Jane is a fictional character created by Grant Morrison and Richard Case for their work on the Vertigo Comics version of Doom Patrol. She first appears in Doom Patrol Volume 2 #19 (February 1989). According to the afterword in the first trade paperback collection of Morrison's Doom Patrol, she is based on Truddi Chase, whose autobiography, When Rabbit Howls, Morrison was reading while creating the series.
Fictional character biography
Jane Morris is the dominant alternate personality of Kay Challis, who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. As a result of exposure to the alien Dominators' "gene bomb", each of her alternate personalities (which, to date, is numbered at 64), has a different super-power.
Kay Challis was molested by her father, beginning when she was five years old. The first time her father molested her, she was putting a jigsaw puzzle together; this would be an important symbol in her future. Kay eventually withdraws completely and is replaced by an alternate personality answering to the name "Miranda." One Easter Sunday, Miranda is the victim of rape in a church, triggering flashbacks to her former abuse, the destruction of the "Miranda" personality and the completion of the massive personality fragmentation. Kay is committed to a mental institution soon after.
When the gene-bomb goes off, Jane and all of her personalities are affected; each personality gains a different power (e.g. Black Annis has retractable claws, Flit can teleport, etc.). Cliff Steele is staying in the same institution as Jane when Will Magnus asks Cliff to look after her, which leads to Jane's becoming a member of Doom Patrol.
Near the end of the Grant Morrison run of Doom Patrol, Jane makes a pilgrimage back to her childhood home, facing her own traumas and overcoming them. This brings peace to her inner turmoil, and her personalities integrate into facets of a more normal, if complex, single personality.
Unfortunately, upon returning to Doom Patrol, Jane is attacked by The Candlemaker and thrown into another dimension, similar to the real world, where she is interned as a schizophrenic and treated by shock therapy. Cliff eventually rescues Jane from the other dimension and lives with her on Danny the World, formerly Danny the Street.
In Rachel Pollack's run, it is revealed that Jane's alters still exist, and Cliff leaves her and returns to Earth. The two separated due to constant arguments, mostly Cliff's fault, and that Cliff felt afraid of her.
Jane makes a cameo appearance in Teen Titans #36, where she is seen on Danny the World through a portal in Dayton Manor in Prague. She returns in Doom Patrol #7, written by Keith Giffen, on Oolong Island, asking for Cliff and carrying with her the remains of Danny the Street. Danny has now been reduced to a single brick, making him Danny the Brick. Jane says "If you build it, he will come", although she does not explain further.
Jane then travels around the universe along with Danny the Brick showing him many wonders. A man named "D" then uses Danny the Brick to kill a God and causes another manifestation of Jane's personality to arise. This manifestation starts a cult and plans to spread Crazy Jane's personalities among the sixty-three cult members and then to kill the cultists. She is stopped by the Doom Patrol who return Jane as Kay Challis's dominant personality.
Crazy Jane's personalities are organized in a mental subway grid called "the Underground". Each personality has its own 'station', which appears to serve as home when they are not in control. In the lower section of the Underground is a well where the personalities can go to destroy themselves. This is where Miranda was killed. The Well houses the Daddy persona of Jane's mind.
- Baby Doll: A childlike personality that believes everything is lovely.
- Baby Harlot: An integration of Baby Doll and Scarlet Harlot.
- Bizzie Lizzie Borden: Jane's ninth alter, who may not be real.
- Black Annis: An aggressive personality, equipped with sharp claws, red eyes, and blue skin.
- Blood of the Lamb: No given information. In this form, Jane is covered head to toe in blood coming from unknown (or nonexistent) wounds.
- Butterfly Baby: Constantly suffers pain on a Hellraiser-like level in the deepest part of Jane's mind.
- Crazy Jane: The dominant personality. No powers. Her name is derived from that of a character in several poems by Yeats as well as the eponymous painting by Richard Dadd.
- Daddy: An impression of Jane's father as a giant monster made of insects, excrement and puzzle pieces. Daddy talks with Jane's voice. It was destroyed.
- Dr. Harrison: White streak of hair and blue eyes. Able to telepathically suss out the childhood traumas of others. Power to influence anyone who hears her voice. Insane.
- Driller Bill: An African-American woman.
- Driver 8: Conductor of the Underground subway, named after the R.E.M. song. The Driver's hat has an infinity symbol (a sideways "8") on it.
- Flaming Katy: She is a pyrokinetic.
- Flit: She can teleport anywhere. Dresses in late 80s fashion.
- Hammerhead: She is very aggressive towards everyone. Super-strength.
- Jack Straw: A living scarecrow.
- Jeann: Her station could be seen as Cliff was falling into Jane's mind.
- Jill-in-Irons: She is wrapped in large chains. Possibly a reference to Jack-In-Irons.
- Karen: A perky but unstable personality with the power to cast "love spells". Loves 90’s rom-coms and her boyfriend, Doug.
- K-5: The original Kay Challis, who vanished at age 5. She is "sleeping" in one of the lower stations of the Underground.
- Kit W'the Canstick: An old woman who carries a burned-out candle.
- Lady Purple: She can see the future but rarely speaks; her name possibly comes from the Siouxsie and the Banshees song "Christine."
- Liza Radley: A normal personality, awakened as a result of a loving environment, who pushes Jane to recovery. The other personalities are unsure of how to react to Liza and feel threatened by her. She is named after a song by The Jam, the B-side of their single "Start!".
- Lucy Fugue: She has radioactive bones and see-through skin. She can also generate harmonic vibrations, a power she used to defeat the Antigod. In the live-action series, this personality has electrical powers.
- Mama Pentecost: An expert enigma and cryptogram solver.
- Merry Andrew: Dresses as a Harlequin and carries toys.
- Miranda: The former dominant personality; she destroys herself after the church incident. Her "station" is now occupied by some indescribable horror, visible from a distance only as a weird light, which only Driver 8 can see without being destroyed by the vision (she covers Cliff's eyes as they pass through this area, in Comic Canon). Miranda's station (per TV Series Canon) is populated by noose-hung bodies and tortured souls.
- No One: She is very aggressive; was able to sense the Fifth Horseman and the Painting before it was activated.
- Penny Farthing: She speaks with a stutter when on the surface, but speaks without one in the underground. Her job is to run. A Penny Farthing is the English name for the early bicycles that had different-sized wheels.
- Pepper's Ghost
- Pretty Polly Wears a black Victorian dress and has X’s carved into her eyes.
- Rain Brain: She speaks in a stream of consciousness and can take on an abstract immaterial form.
- Scarlet Harlot: A nymphomaniac with the power to create ectoplasm projections and absorb stray psychosexual energy.
- Sex Bomb: She explodes when sexually aroused.
- Silver Tongue: Her vocalizations are actualized in silver font, and can then be used as edged weapons.
- Spinning Jenny: Prone to panic attacks.
- Stigmata: She bleeds from her hands and feet and relives the church incident endlessly.
- Sun Daddy: A gigantic figure with a sun for a head with the power to throw fireballs.
- Sylvia: She bears Jane's feelings of claustrophobia. She is locked inside of a small room, reciting poem fragments. She believes if she can put the fragments together she can use them as a key out of the room.
- The Engineer: He assists Driver 8 in maintaining The Underground.
- The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter: An artist with the power to psychically activate her paintings; whose name is taken from the title of an album by the Incredible String Band.
- The Nun: A Catholic nun armed with a chainsaw.
- The Pointman: He assists Driver 8 in maintaining The Underground.
- The Secretary: A neat and orderly pessimist who rarely shows emotion.
- The Shapeless Children: Constantly repeat "Daddy don' do it".
- The Signal-Man
- The Sin-Eater: She believes she must suffer for her sins. Jane brings her out as a defense when being tortured.
- The Snow Queen
- The Weird Sisters: A three-in-one personality similar to Three Witches. Shown as a Three Head Lady
There are still other personalities in Jane who haven't yet been properly identified. They include: a red-headed girl with a beauty mark in a red dress, someone in gladiator gear, one in biker gear, a red-headed school girl, a boy with short blonde hair, a person with an orange, odd-shaped head, and a woman whose face is shadowed over.
In other media
Crazy Jane appears in the DC Universe live-action Titans spin-off series Doom Patrol portrayed by Diane Guerrero (who also portrays Driver 8 and Karen, alongside whichever personality is on the surface at any given point) and her younger version portrayed by Skye Roberts, while Black Annis is portrayed by Hannah Abell, Hammerhead is portrayed by Stephanie Czajkowski, Lucy Fugue is portrayed by Tara Lee, Penny Farthing is portrayed by Anna Lore, Pretty Polly is portrayed by Hannah Alline, Silver Tongue is portrayed by Chelsea Alana Rivera, The Secretary is portrayed by Jackie Goldston, and The Weird Sisters are portrayed by Monica Louwerens. Crazy Jane's default personality seems to be the 'Designated driver' personality out of the 64 alternate personalities, who prefer if she stays 'at the wheel' while they keep to themselves. It's also mentioned that 3 of the personalities are "Gluten free" and that 12 are allergic to peanuts.
- Legion (Marvel Comics), a comic book character with superpowers and dissociative identity disorder
- Stephanie Maas / Critical Mass, a comic book character with superpowers and two identities
- Irvine, Alex (2008), "Doom Patrol", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 61–63, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015
- Doom Patrol #8
- Doom Patrol #6
- Morrison run issue #30 page 13
- Doom Patrol #30
- Otterson, Joe (July 30, 2018). "Orange Is the New Black Star Diane Guerrero Joins Doom Patrol Series at DC Universe". Variety. Retrieved July 30, 2018.