When Chuck Lane was a rookie police officer he discovered that one of his ancestors was a court jester during the dark ages. He also felt that he was not doing enough good as a police officer and thus inspired by the mystery men of the time he created the costumed identity of the Jester to fight crime. The Jester used jokes and puns while fighting crime and made criminals look like incompetent jokes themselves. He was unpredictable and used an eerie laugh and bells jingling on his costume as a sign to his enemies. He, like many other heroes, wore his costume under his clothes.
Jester became a member of the All-Star Squadron and later was recruited by Uncle Sam to join the Freedom Fighters. Chuck was last seen as the Jester in 1952, and shortly after that retired from his identity as the Jester to become just another regular police officer again.
It has since been revealed that he was in fact an agent of the secret society known as the Arcadians, who were manipulating America's political destiny. After his son was murdered for attempting to leave the society, Lane and his grandson Charles Lane II formulated a scheme to take revenge on them, in the course of which the now elderly and infirm Lane blew himself up.
- Acrobatics: Chuck Lane is a great athlete.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic): Chuck Lane was an expert fighter who as the Jester made criminals look like fools.
- Investigation: Chuck Lane is also a trained police officer.
- Law: Chuck is also trained in many police procedures.
- In 1956, DC Comics obtained the rights to the Quality Comics characters, and re-introduced them 17 years later as the Freedom Fighters in Justice League of America #107 (October 1973).
- In 1981, some Quality Characters became recurring guest-stars of All-Star Squadron, a superhero-team title set on "Earth-Two", the locale for DC's WWII-era superheroes, and at a time prior to when the Freedom Fighters were supposed to have left for Earth-X. They later appeared with the rest of DC's superheroes in Crisis on Infinite Earths, a story that was intended to eliminate the confusing histories that DC had attached to its characters by retroactively merging the various parallel worlds into one. The Freedom Fighters became a mere splinter group of the All-Star Squadron.
- Chuck Lane has no known connection to Quality's other Jester, Robert Mason, an ally of Madame Fatal.
- 8 Appearances of Charles Lane (New Earth)
- 5 Images featuring Charles Lane (New Earth)
- Quotations by or about Charles Lane (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Charles Lane (New Earth)
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