13 GREAT NURSES IN COMICS: It’s International Nurses Day

Celebrating the heroes on the front lines of care…

Win Mortimer art. (March 1973, Marvel).


International Nurses Day is celebrated May 12 each year, the date of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nurses are the frontline of every hospital. Most comic book nurses are not super-heroines, but many real-life nurses certainly are.

Here are 13 images in honor of nurses worldwide:

1. Florence Nightingale

Alice Marble script; Sheldon Moldoff art. From Wonder Woman #1 (Summer 1942, DC).

2. Mabel K. Staupers

Writer and artist unknown. From Negro Heroes #2 (Summer 1948, Parents’ Magazine Press).

3. Red Cross Nurses

Bill Everett art. Writer unknown. From True Comics #2 (June 1944, Parents’ Magazine Press).

4. Diana Prince

William Moulton Marston script; H.G. Peter art. From Sensation Comics #1 (Jan. 1942, DC).

5. Myra North

Charles Coll art. From Four Color #3 (1939, Dell).

6. Pat Parker, War Nurse

Unconfirmed script and art. From Speed Comics #26 (Apr. 1943, Harvey).

7. Bess Lynn (Miss Liberty)

Don Lomax art. From Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe, Vol. XV (May 1986, DC).

8. Jane Foster

Robert Bernstein script; Stan Lee plot; Joe Sinnott art. From Journey Into Mystery #96 (Sept. 1963, Marvel).

9. The Nurses

TV cast photo of Zina Bethune and Shirl Conway. From The Nurses #1 (Apr. 1963, Gold Key).

10. Linda Carter

Siya Oum art. From Night Nurse #1 (July 2015, Marvel).

11. September 11, 2001: A day like no other for emergency responders

Alex Ross art. From 9-11 Vol. 2 (2002, DC)

12. Modern-day nurses

Marcio Fiorito and Ian Herring, cover art. From The Vitals: True Nurse Stories #1 (Dec. 2020, Marvel).

13. An appeal from the Red Cross with a message that is as vital today as it was back in 1942.

Unknown artist. From Speed Comics #17 (Apr. 1942, Harvey).


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13th Dimension contributor-at-large PETER BOSCH’s first book, American TV Comic Books: 1940s-1980s – From the Small Screen to the Printed Pagehas just been published by TwoMorrows. He has written articles and conducted celebrity interviews for various magazines and newspapers. Peter lives in Hollywood.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. On behalf of my wife, ( A retired nurse) and my late Grandmother, Thank You for remembering and caring!

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