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Crazy Jane
Crazy Jane Doom Patrol 63.jpg
Crazy Jane as depicted on the cover of Doom Patrol #63 (January 1993).
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceDoom Patrol Vol. 2 #19 (February 1989)
Created byGrant Morrison (writer)
Richard Case (artist)
In-story information
Full nameKay Challis (legal name)
Team affiliationsDoom Patrol
Notable aliasesVarious, see Alters
AbilitiesVarious, see Alters

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.[1]

Jane is portrayed by Diane Guerrero in the TV series Doom Patrol on HBO Max along with Skye Roberts portraying Kay Challis.[2]

Fictional character biography

Jane Morris is the current dominant alter, or host, of Kay Challis's system (used to refer to every alter someone has as a collective). Kay Challis, as a result of repeated childhood trauma, developed dissociative identity disorder. Later in life, while being exposed to the alien Dominators' "gene bomb", each of her dissociative parts, or alters (which is numbered at 64), has a different super-power.[3]

Beginning at only five years old, Kay Challis is continuously abused by her father. The first time this happens, she is putting a jigsaw puzzle together; this becomes an important symbol in her future. As the abuse continues, Kay withdraws and goes dormant, retreating to the unconscious brain. Her role as host is then taken over by an alter with the name "Miranda". One Easter Sunday while at church, Miranda is raped, which triggers several flashbacks to her former abuse. This causes the dormancy of Miranda and a massive amount of alters to be split off. She is committed to a mental institution soon after. During that time, an alien species called Dominators invade Earth and activate a device which they call their "gene bomb". When the gene bomb goes off, Jane and all of her alters are affected; each alter gains a different power (e.g., Black Annis has retractable claws, Flit can teleport, etc.).[4]

The superhero Cliff Steele, or Robotman, suffered several losses due to this bomb. Killing many of his Doom Patrol teammates, he was struggling emotionally. While staying in the same institution as Jane, Dr. Will Magnus, creator of the group "the Metal Men", asks Cliff to look after her, which leads to Jane becoming a member of the 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, causing her and her alters to come to an understanding and live in co-operation.

Upon returning to the Doom Patrol, Jane is attacked by the Candlemaker and thrown into another dimension, which is similar to the real world, where she is diagnosed with schizophrenia and treated with shock therapy. Cliff eventually rescues Jane from the other dimension and they relocate to Danny the World, formerly Danny the Street.[3] In Rachel Pollack's run, it is revealed that Jane's alters still exist, which causes many arguments between the two. Cliff decides to leave her with Danny and returns to Earth.

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 them Danny the Brick. Jane says "If you build it, he will come", although she does not explain further.[5]

Jane then travels around the universe along with Danny the Brick. A man named "D" then uses Danny the Brick to kill a god and causes another alter to split, or "break off". This alter starts a cult and plans to spread Crazy Jane's alters among the 63 cult members and then kill the cultists. She is stopped by the Doom Patrol, who then return Jane to the front, in order to be the host.[6]

Jane now accepts her mental illness, no longer seeking to cure it but to cope with it and healthily coexist with her alters. Robotman also helps and accepts her disorder.[6]

Alters

Crazy Jane's alters are organized in a mental subway grid called "the Underground", their headspace. Each alter has their 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 alters can go to destroy themselves. This is where Miranda was "killed". This well houses Daddy, an alter who resembles their father, in the deepest, most protected part of the Underground. The alters consist of:

There are still other 13 alters 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; 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

Jane appears in Doom Patrol portrayed by Diane Guerrero (who also portrays Driver 8 and Karen, alongside whichever alter is in the front at any given point),[9] Skye Roberts as a child, and Leela Owen as a teenager. In the Underground, Black Annis is performed by Helen 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, Driller Bill is portrayed by Shay Mack, Baby Doll is portrayed by Sara Borne, the Weird Sisters are voiced and motion-captured by Monica Louwerens, Daddy is portrayed by David A. MacDonald, Balladeer is portrayed by Ana Aguilar, Miranda is portrayed by Samantha Marie Ware, and Mama Pentecost is portrayed by Va Liu. This version of Jane is the "designated driver" alter out of the 64 alternate alters, who prefer if she stays in control while they keep to themselves. In season two, Daddy impersonates Miranda in an attempt to gain control of the body.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Crazy Jane".
  2. ^ Holub, Christian (April 11, 2019). "'Doom Patrol' star Diane Guerrero on what it's like playing a character with 64 personalities". EW.com. Archived from the original on April 12, 2019. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Irvine, Alex (2008), "Doom Patrol", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 61–63, ISBN 978-0-7566-4122-1, OCLC 213309015
  4. ^ "Crazy Jane- DC Universe".
  5. ^ Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #8. DC Comics.
  6. ^ a b Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #6. DC Comics.
  7. ^ Morrison run issue #30 page 13
  8. ^ Doom Patrol #30. DC Comics.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Martin, Michileen (January 15, 2020). "Every Crisis on Infinite Earths cameo ranked". Looper. Archived from the original on April 2, 2020. Retrieved April 2, 2020.