Friday, June 18, 2010

True Nurse Stories: New Heroic Comics 44 - "Nurse Without Fear"

This is a short, two page, true life story of a heroic nurse, Esther McElveen, who gave her life making sure patients were safe after their sanatorium caught fire in South Carolina. The story, published in 1947, speaks for itself, but of additional note is that it is an early example of the work of none other than Alex Toth.
The book has an interesting painted cover, but Toth's interior artwork is the main attraction (there are two stories by him). Here's the nurse story:
The image of nurses presented by this short true story is that of the self-sacrificing angel. We see beautiful, feminine nurses dedicated to the care of their patients, with one who sacrificed her life for their sake.

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