Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Dakota North (5 issues, 1986-1987), Night Nurse (4 issues, 1972-1973)

Dakota North
Dakota North first appeared in her own eponymous limited series, Dakota North #1-5 (June 1986-February 1987), and was created by Martha Thomases and Tony Salmons.
The character subsequently appears in Web of Spider-Man #37 (April 1988), Power Pack #46 (May 1989), Marvel Super-Heroes #3 (September 1990), Cage #1-4 (April-July 1992), #6 (September 1992), #8 (November 1992), #10 (January 1993), #15 (June 1993), #19-20 (October-November 1993), Black Panther #31-33 (June-August 2001), Daredevil #82-85 (April-July 2006), #87 (September 2006), #93-94 (March-April 2007), New Avengers #29 (June 2007), Daredevil #99-101 (September-November 2007), Daredevil Annual #1 (December 2007), and Daredevil #102 (January 2008), and #105-111 (April-November 2008).

Night Nurse

Night Nurse was a Marvel Comics title that lasted four issues in late 1972 and early 1973. The series, which straddled several different genres, focused on the adventures of three female roommates who worked the night shift at the fictional Metropolitan General Hospital in New York City: Linda Carter, Georgia Jenkins, and Christine Palmer.
Night Nurse was introduced in one of a trio of Marvel Comics aimed at a female audience, alongside Claws of the Cat and Shanna the She-Devil. Marvel writer-editor Roy Thomas recalled in 2007 that editor-in-chief Stan Lee "had the idea, and I think the names, for all three. He wanted to do some books that would have special appeal to girls. We were always looking for way to expand our franchise. My idea ... was to try to get women to write them".
The series was written by Jean Thomas, then the wife of comics writer and editor Roy Thomas, and drawn by Winslow Mortimer. The stories, unlike most of Marvel's offerings at the time, contain no superheroes or fantastic elements. However, the night nurses do encounter a fair amount of "danger, drama and death", as the cover tag proclaims, as they work to foil bomb plots, malpracticing surgeons, and mob hitmen. Night Nurse, like the "relevant comics" of the early 1970s, also attempted to address real-world social issues; Night Nurse #1 features a scene where a character asking why his poor neighborhood is the one always experiencing power outages. "Why not Park Avenue for a change?".
Night Nurse #4 is the only issue of the series that takes place away from Metro General and New York City. This story shifts away from the urban drama of the first three issues and instead features Christine embroiled in a suspenseful gothic adventure, complete with a foreboding mansion, dusty secret passageways, and mysterious lights.

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