Popular soap-opera comic strip Rex Morgan, M.D. was created in 1948 by psychiatrist Dr. Nicholas P. Dallis under the pseudonym Dal Curtis. Dallis created the strip to inform the general public about medical issues in an entertaining manner; he went on to create the long-running strips Apartment 3-G and Judge Parker.
Today, the strip is in the hands of writer Woody Wilson, who took over scripting following Dallis's retirement in 1990, and artist Graham Nolan. The creative team made the news when a recent storyline in Rex Morgan went for five months without its title character. During that time, the series focused on his nurse Becka as she tried to find escaped Alzheimer's patients.
"You try to create a back story, a story where Rex and June are not the only compelling characters but the rest of the cast as well," Wilson told the Virginian-Pilot. "We've got a lot of good characters -- Becka being one of them."
There was another reason to feature her: Wilson had a family member stricken with Alzheimer's, and felt compelled to address the condition in the strip.
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