Yes, fans, we've come to our senses! After 10 days of angry phone calls, angry letters and even complaints from angry colleagues, we've restored "Rex Morgan, M.D.," and his faithful nurse, June, to The Sun's comic pages!
We banished Rex and June back on Labor Day because we thought it was the right thing to do. First, we needed to make room for our new children's feature, For Kids Only. Second, the strip scored poorly in our July comic survey. The good doctor, we surmised, had lost his appeal.
Well, he hadn't.
"Oh, how I miss Rex Morgan!" wrote one Baltimorean, who said she wished now she had voted in the reader's comic survey. "Won't you please bring the good doctor back?"
Reader Kathleen Zeidler spoke
for many when she wrote, "My husband and I are very upset that you pulled Rex Morgan. ... Dr. Rex Morgan always had a good moral to the stories." She also pointed out that "there is usually something to learn about the medical field" from "Rex Morgan," such as what signs to look for when people need help.
And Mary O. Styrt even remembers telling her psychology students at Towson State University to read "Rex Morgan" for insight into cocaine addiction.
Ms. Styrt's appeal for the return of Rex read, "In an unobtrusive way, through a series of dramatized stories, that strip has probably taught people more about various mental and physical health problems than anything else you print. Cocaine addiction, physical abuse of women, addiction to gambling, and the current episode on paranoia are among the examples which come to mind. ... One might call it subliminally educative. It seems a shame to lose it."
As of yesterday, reader complaints totaled roughly 300 and were still coming in. We stopped counting and decided Rex was back.
With apologies for the inconvenience and unhappiness, and to make sure you are up to date in the strip, here is a summary of what occurred in "Rex Morgan" in the past 10 days:
Rex asked Jeffrey's girlfriend, Martha, to encourage Jeffrey to accept psychiatric care.
June Gale, Rex's nurse, told the doctor about a disconcerting call she had received. An unidentified man phoned to request a doctor's assistance at Suite 1218-19 of the Broder
ick Arms. At Rex's suggestion, she called back for more information and was told that a physician was no longer needed.
At the suite, a woman named Helen told Willard Bates they should have a doctor see Becky, who was sleeping. Willard said Becky would sleep it off and needed to be on the set tomorrow morning. Becky would be on location for the next three weeks, Willard added, and it would be his and Helen's job to see that she remained neither drunk nor stoned.
After searching the suite for alcohol, sleeping pills and tranquilizers, Helen found a vial of 30 pills. Willard began throwing them down the drain. Helen recommended he save some because Becky would be nervous in the morning. He placed five in his pocket. Helen found the situation painful because Becky was such a lovely, young woman, she said.
Rex and June, meanwhile, continued to wonder about the mysterious phone call. As Rex prepared for his last patient before lunch, Willard entered the doctor's office to see him. While waiting to meet with the doctor, Willard called Helen to check on Becky. Helen said that Becky's breathing was regular and her color was good. She asked if Willard would be able to get the doctor to come to the suite and see Becky. Willard said he hoped so.
June overheard the conversation, presumed he was the man who had called earlier and told Rex.