Normally I'd start with the first story I'd find in introducing a character but, I decided on this one for the opener. Meet Jane Drake, Detective. To the best of my knowledge, Jane appeared in the pages of Crash Comics starting in May of 1940. The story featured here is from Crash Comics #2 (Holyoke Publishing, June 1940.)
Although she's titled as a detective, Nancy Drew fans will note the similarities in her age (never revealed though I'm guessing 15 or 16, as Nancy was in her early stories...) and snooping ways. Unlike Nancy, Jane goes looking for trouble...she was way more head-strong. Her father, Shelton Drake, is a prominent D.A. (which is what Nancy's father was early in his career.) The big difference here is that Jane can't help but get involved in her father's criminal cases, especially when she disobeys him (which she does in just...about...every...story.) Jane usually forced her next door neighbour and friend, Jerry King, into her crime-fighting schemes. Both are usually captured or kidnapped in these four and five-pagers, so the action is quick and brief. I only have a handful of these stories and am looking for more but, I will be posting them all as I rebuild my poor scans.
The story here is all from microfiche but still readable. In it, Jane and Jerry are kidnapped, strong-armed and blindfolded into a waiting car. After Jane is forced to write a ransom note to her father, Jerry is taken back to deliver the message but, he manages to escape and Jane is soon rescued.