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Rex Morgan – Yesterday (Bradley) & Today (Beatty)

Rex Morgan from Marvin Bradley to Terry Beatty.

Comic syndicate editor Richard Marschall remembers working with, and becoming friends with, original Rex Morgan, M.D. artist Marvin Bradley in the latest episode of his fascinating “A Crowded Life in Comics” memoirs.

But this visit will be with Marvin Bradley – Brad – who had drawn Rex Morgan, MD from the first cough, in 1948. Dr Dallis, a psychiatrist in Arizona, had created the strip (as “Dal Curtis”); and the “background artist” was Frank Edgington. The trio had a very strange working relationship and one whose creative process I frankly never believed.


above: an April Fool’s Day strip from a couple years ago

Then, after years of not updating his blog, Terry Beatty, the current creator of Rex Morgan, M.D., wrote for the newly refurbished Comics Kingdom blog about his current Rex stories:

Some of you are aware of the fact that the comics you read here or in your local newspaper are written and drawn long before publication. In the case of this particular strip, I’m working two full months ahead, which is pretty much the minimum time needed to process, edit and deliver the strips to subscribing newspapers.

This means that the Truck Tyler story, which has just begun for you readers, has just been wrapped up by me — but you won’t see those end-of-story strips until the end of May. This also means that most of this story was written before the whole country started “sheltering at home” because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


More Terry!

Recently Terry sat down and was interviewed by John Siuntres about Terry’s career in comics, books and strips.

Terry recalls the 80s black and white boom and bust and co creating the Hard Boiled Detective Comic Ms.Tree with Max Allan Collins, he was on the art tem For Batman Adventures, and has spent the last 8 years drawing comic strips. First The Phantom and currently the medical soap opera Rex Morgan MD. How is Rex dealing with Covid19 ?

A delightful and charming audio interview.



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