This is a bit different, in that I don’t usually do a lot of topical, current events-related things.
It’s impossible not to know about Covid-19. I’m aware that we have frontline workers, especially in the medical profession, who are dealing with it on a daily basis. And for some reason recently, I was thinking about nurses and superheroes, and thought of this oddball old Golden Age comics character called Pat Parker, War Nurse.
Starting off as a straight strip in Speed Comics #13, about the adventures of a British nurse in WWII, apparently it must have been felt by Harvey Comics that she wasn’t dynamic enough in that form to help boost sales. So they ended up giving her superpowers and a costume. At one point, she was even the leader of a group called the Girl Commandos. Her last comics appearance was in March of 1946.
My brain started to think about what would happen if you updated Pat Parker, sending her into battle against Covid-19. After all, she was a “war nurse.” She looks a bit different here, because it didn’t seem practical she’d battle this with her original outfit: bare midriff, short shorts and no facial covering.
And after the fact, I realized what I’d done was probably also subliminally inspired by another drawing I saw on LinkedIn by the very talented Thomas Perkins.
So this is my slightly silly, but no less sincere, tribute to those medical personnel on the frontlines. Thank you for your superhuman efforts. You are superheroes.
Great tribute to some of the real-life super-heroes among us during this crisis. Maybe you would want to follow up with something involving a doctor or a policeman!
I can immediately think of a few superhero doctors in comics: Doctor Fate, Doctor Strange, Dr. Mid-Nite. But at the moment, I can only think of one superhero policeman: that would be DC’s Guardian, created by Simon and Kirby back in the Golden Age.
I was commissioned to do a drawing of Pat Parker, War Nurse. I had never heard of her before. Your update of your costume is very good and practical.
Hey, Howard! Thanks for stopping by!
Yeah, I can’t imagine that there are legions of Pat Parker fans exactly, but I do have a bit of a soft spot for some of these older “oddball” characters. Maybe your commissioner felt the same way. Craig Yoe reprinted the story where she first costumed up in one of his Super Weird Heroes books. And I figured if she’s going out to war against the Coronavirus, her original outfit wasn’t going to be very practical.