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Linda Carter, Student Nurse #1-9 (Sep. 1961 - Jan. 1963), Night Nurse #1-4 (Nov. 1972 - May 1973)
From September, 1961 to January, 1963, Marvel published a comic called Linda Carter, Student Nurse (a contemporary of a better known comic book student nurse, Linda Lark). It was written by Stan Lee (Daredevil, Doctor Strange) and drawn by Al Hartley (Barney Bear, Della Vision)
The opening story of the premiere issue of Linda Carter, Student Nurse grandly announces: "Linda Carter, destined to become one of your most beloved friends! Let us watch as a new chapter of her life begins ... a life filled with humour, thrills, and glamorous romance!"
The series follows the romantic and mildly comical adventures of young and pretty Linda Carter as she arrives at the doors of Metropolitan Hospital to begin her training as a student nurse. She spends little time in the classroom but lots of time bringing trays of food to patients, going out on dates, and gabbing with the other students.
Stern, rotund Nurse Barker keeps a watchful, bespectacled eye on Linda and the other fledgling nurses, including plump redhead Dolly Noonan, who quickly becomes Linda's loyal pal.
While Linda strives to do a good job, handsome young doctors Steve Stuart and Jackson J. Jangle compete for her affections, to the disgust of her envious and scheming classmate, beautiful blond Gwen Glitter. But the blithely innocent Linda considers Gwen a true friend--since Gwen's nefarious plots usually backfire and actually help Linda (quite similar to the dynamics in Nellie the Nurse, wherein Pam plotted futilely against Nellie).
The last issue (January 1963) is of particular interest. In one story, the nurses are all a-twitter as TV's Dr. "Ken Kasey" comes to Metropolitan Hospital looking for two nurses to appear on his show to lend a touch of realism. At the time, Vince Edwards was a major heartthrob as television's surly neurosurgeon Ben Casey, in the series of the same name. In another story, long-time comic book heroine Millie the Model becomes Linda's patient and warns Gwen Glitter about the pitfalls of a modelling career.
In addition to the stories, the comics featured pages of cut-out paper dolls, with off-duty fashions submitted by readers, for Linda, Gwen, Steve, and Jackson. Later issues also include reader-designed hairdos for Linda.
Linda also made an appearance in the Patsy Walker comics (February 1962), visiting Patsy and Hedy's high school on a recruiting mission. The high school girls aren't receptive to the idea of nursing--what'll happen to their social life?--till they see boys falling all over the glamorous Linda, and decide that nursing has its good points, after all.
There is no indication that the protagonist of Night Nurse is the same Linda Carter at a later stage of her life, and at least one reason — hair colour (Student's hair is black; Night's is blonde) — to think she isn't. But women have changed their hair color before, so it's still possible — and considering how inter-related Marvel comics tend to be, especially when Roy Thomas (Liberty Legion, All-Star Squadron) is in the vicinity, it actually seems quite likely.
Night Nurse was a Marvel Comics title that lasted four issues cover-dated November 1972 to May 1973. The medical drama/romance series 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 encounter "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 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 gothic adventure, complete with a foreboding mansion, dusty secret passageways, and mysterious lights.
While it was unclear during the original publication of Night Nurse whether it took place in the mainstream Marvel.