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Found: One comic-strip physician, slightly tanned

Like MacArthur to the Philippines, Rex Morgan triumphantly returns to Glenwood

Like MacArthur to the Philippines, Rex Morgan triumphantly returns to Glenwood

While plenty of barbs have been aimed at DC Comics regarding the prolonged absences of Batman and Superman from their own titles, the disappearance of one prominent comics character has gone virtually unnoticed.

It appears that before emerging from hiding — okay, a cruise ship — on Dec. 6, a certain Rex Morgan, M.D., hadn’t appeared in his own strip for five whole months. Of course, in fictional Glenwood, where time moves at a glacial pace, that probably only amounts to a few days. But still — five months?

Luckily, journalist Mike Kernels of The Virginia-Pilot is on the case, and he learns from longtime writer Woody Wilson that evolution of Rex Morgan into an ensemble strip allowed him to leave the good doctor and family at sea.

“You try to create a back story,” Wilson said, “a story where Rex and June are not the only compelling characters but the rest of the cast as well.”

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Having a comic strip character vanish from his or her series for a while isn’t really new — Steve Canyon started disappearing from his strip in the mid-Fifties to let his cousin Poteet Canyon (and later others) rotate into the lead for a while. The STEVE ROPER strip was baffling to me as a kid, because as far as I could tell, the lead was Mike Nomad. At least the Sundays were called STEVE ROPER & MIKE NOMAD, but it was years before I found out who Steve Roper was.

kdb

5 Months? Try the 50+ years or so since Barney Google’s been in “Barney Google and Snuffy Smith.”

The Ugly American

December 14, 2009 at 10:42 am

“Having a comic strip character vanish from his or her series for…”

Oh, blah blah blah. What the heck does Kurt Busiek know about comics. I mean, really.

:D

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