Real Name: Jane Crawlins
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Unrevealed, possibly some position at the hotel
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Dr. Strange (Stephen Strange), Thing (Ben Grimm)
Enemies: Ennis Tremellyn, Kemo
Known Relatives: Lester (cousin), Maude (cousin), Marquis of Crawlinsdale (ancestor)
Aliases: Janie, kid (nicknames given by the Thing)
Base of Operations: Crawlingswood/Crawlingsport (on the New England coast)
First Appearance: Marvel Two-in-One#49 (March, 1979)
History: (Marvel Two-in-One#49 (fb)-BTS) - Jane had been having nightmares and visions for at least a week.
(Marvel Two-in-One#49) - Jane was either visting or living with her cousins, the owners of the hotel in Crawlinswood, where a vacationing Ben Grimm helped her repair a flat tire on her car. After introductions, Ben ran off after believing he saw Dr. Strange.
Recent geologic activity exposing his sunken ship, combined with a certain alignment of constalations, awoke the spirit of Ennis Tremellyn, who sent his servant, Kemo, to slay Jane, as she was the last decendant of his enemy, the Marquis of Crawlinsdale. Ben fought Kemo with the unknown assistance of Dr. Strange, who was a guest at the hotel. Jane tried to help Ben by smashing a vase on Kemo and tried to warn Dr. Strange (who she knew as Mr. Smith). Ultimately, Ben crushed the Eye of Ahirman around Kemo's neck, freeing him from Tremellyn's power, and both Kemo and Tremellyn faded away.
Comments: Created by Mary Jo Duffy, Alan Kupperberg, and Gene Day.
It's possible that Tremellyn only vowed revenge on direct decendants of the Marquis of Crawlingsdale, as he called Jane the last decendant and not her cousins, Maude and Lester. Either that or they could have been second cousins, cousins by marriage, etc.
I'm surprised Ben never looked up Jane after he and Alicia broke up. There seemed to be a mutual attraction.
With a name like Crawlins, I wonder if she was some sort of homage to the Gothic 60s series "Dark Shadows" with the mansion of Collinwood (Crawlinswood) in the New England Maine town of Collinsport (Crawlinsport). She certainly resembles actress Nancy Barrett, one of
the few actors to stay with the series through it's entire 1965-1972 run.
However, since Jane appears in a 1979 comic, it's doubtful; since Ds ended in 72, but that doesn't mean someone didn't get the idea while the series was in repeats or syndication.
Thanks to Der_Gilb for the images.
Profile by Merzah from Prague
Jane Crawlins has no known connection to:
Maude and Lester
Maude and Lester were the owners of a spooky hotel in Crawlingswood/port. They treated both the guests and their cousin Jane very coldly and had a habit of sneaking up on Ben and accidentally startling him. Their relationship to each other was unclear.
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Marvel Two-in-One#49, p12, pan 3 (body)
Marvel Two-in-One#49, p12, pan 2 (head)
Marvel Two-in-One#49, p4, pan 3/4 (Maude/Lester)
Marvel Two-in-One#49 (March, 1979) - Mary Jo Duffy (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Gene Day (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
Last updated: 10/28/06
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