Real Name: Helen Grant
Identity/Class: Normal human (1950s era)
Group Membership: Medical staff at General
Affiliations: Adam Blair, Amelia Blair, Judson
Blair, Allen Brown, Dr. Brian Clark, Dr. Crane, Diana
Hilliard, Kathy Hilton,
Mickey, Dr. Stacey, Magda Varady, Sandor Varady, various patients
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: A "big city" on the
northeast coast, USA (likely New York City)
First Appearance: Romances of Nurse Helen
Powers/Abilities: Helen Grant is a trained
nurse, dedicated to her patients and focused on helping those in medical need. She
is also a romantic at heart.
Weight: 135 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Dark blue
(Romances of Nurse Helen Grant#1/1 (fb) - BTS) -
Helen Grant completed her nursing studies and received the highest
recommendation from her mentor, Dr. Stacey, who suggested she seek
employment with a former top student of his, Dr. Brian Clark. Stacey
spoke oft of Clark to Grant and she grew to admire him before even
(Romances of Nurse Helen Grant#1/1) - Clark
interviewed Grant yet questioned her lack of experience helping
specialized surgery, but an immediate emergency and ensuing delicate operation (aided by
Dr. Crane) impressed Clark and he hired Grant as nurse for his practice. Weeks passed
and revealed growing affection between the two. But a sudden nearby car
accident had powerful department store owner Diana Hilliard brought in.
She was drawn to him instantly and insisted Clark remain her doctor.
Days and dates passed; Hilliard successfully pursued engagement and
Clark deferred patient calls to Dr. Crane. But one patient's relapse
demanded Clark's personal attention and Grant rushed to get him before
he left with Hilliard. Hours passed during the operation and Hilliard
realized the difficulty of being married to a doctor. Both recognized
each other had feelings for Clark, but Hilliard returned to her
ruthless business world and left Clark. Saddened after seeing the real
Hilliard, Clark felt he belonged in his practice and role, and Clark
replied she would be at his side.
(Romances of Nurse Helen Grant#1/3) - Enjoying an
evening together at the swanky Blue Ribbon restaurant, Grant and Clark
bumped into a former Korean wartime buddy of Clark's, Major Allen
"Brownie" Brown, who introduced the pair to his dinner companions,
widower Judson Blair and son Adam. But Judson left with a sudden
migraine and saw Dr. Clark the next morning. Clark suspected Adam may
be contributing to the severe headaches; although dismissing the
notion, Judson invited the medical pair to his New England hotel
attended by his sister Amelia. Grant spoke privately to Amelia, who
revealed Adam's spoiled nature, and Grant and Clark later agreed
Judson's headaches were likely psychosomatic, even induced by the
mention of his son. Soon after, Grant saw Adam berate his father for
his new romance with younger woman Kathy Hilton. Adam stormed off,
driving angrily away but nearly crashing over a cliff. Led by Judson,
the group found Adam precariously perched on a cliff and rescued him.
Realizing his error, Adam now supported his father. Grant and Clark
left with the nurse looking forward to a wedding invitation.
of Nurse Helen
Grant#1/5) - Nurse Grant calmed Magda Varady, who was panicked about
her son Sandor. Both Magda and Sandor had fled troubled Hungary, with
Sandor's right arm permanently disabled from fighting. Dr. Clark and
Grant went to the Varady house where they encountered the sullen Sandor
playing the piano. While Clark made physical examinations and ran
tests, Grant took a personal approach that began to breach his
depression, although Sandor began to fall in love with Grant. Clark's
tests showed nothing could be done for Sandor, but Grant persisted,
introducing Sandor to her songwriter friend Mickey. Later, Sandor
misread Grant's friendship and a fumbled kiss left Sandor feeling
rejected. Grant explained her admiration for him and friendship.
Afterward, Grant chanced upon Clark at the practice, and the two went
on an impromptu date to the theater.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer & Vince Colletta.
And that's the end of the title - effectively just a one-shot (possibly from low sales?).
Maybe there were no more romances for Helen Grant; maybe she soon
married Dr. Brian Clark, and quickly became a housewife and mother. But
it sure would be nice to have an obscure romance character pop up as a
cameo in a contemporary story.
These romance stories often had the flavor of the time in which they were written, and nothing else to tie them into Marvel's sliding timescale. As such, it's likely that the stories took place at the time of publication rather than being part of the sliding timescale.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Nurse Helen Grant has no known connections to:
Diana Hilliard was the general manager for all the
stores of the Hilliard Department Store chain. She had a car accident
just outside Dr. Brian Clark's practice and she was immediately brought
in to be cared for by Clark and nurse Helen Grant. Hilliard's injury
was superficial, but she was instantly attracted to Clark and demanded
he continue with her care. A quick romance blossomed between Hilliard and
Clark, watched sadly by Nurse Grant (who was secretly also
attracted to Clark). The lovebirds became engaged but an emergency
called Clark to the hospital and Hilliard realized the demands placed
on a doctor's wife and that Grant was also drawn to the doctor.
Hilliard broke off the relationship and returned to her ruthless management
job, disappointing Clark.
--Romances of Nurse Helen Grant#1/1
Magda Varady was the mother of Sandor and both had
escaped the troubles in Hungary, but Sandor had a permanently disabled
right arm from protests. Magda was upset that her son's injury had
broken his spirit and left him with depression. She called on Dr. Brian
Clark and nurse Helen Grant for help, and they accompanied her to her
home to examine Sandor.
--Romances of Nurse Helen Grant#1/5
Sandor Varady was the son of Magda. He was a
resistance fighter during troubled times in Hungary, standing up to
tanks, but was injured with a permanently disabled right arm. This
injury left him with deep depression. Sandor and Magda escaped to the
USA. Called by Magda, Dr. Brian Clark and nurse Helen Grant arrived to
examine Sandor as he played the piano. Clark's medical tests revealed
nothing further could be done for Sandor, but Grant took a personal
approach to counter Sandor's depression by focusing on his music and
nature walks. However, this led to Sandor growing romantically
attracted to Grant. The nurse introduced Sandor to her songwriter
friend Mickey and the two began composing a song. Later, Sandor misread
the situation and a fumbled kiss revealed that Grant felt only
friendship and personal admiration for him. The two remained friends
--Romances of Nurse Helen Grant#1/5
Romances of Nurse Helen Grant#1/1, p6, pan1 (main image)
Romances of Nurse Helen Grant#1/1, p5, pan4 (headshot)
Romances of Nurse Helen Grant#1/3, p6, pan7 (casual dress)
Romances of Nurse Helen Grant#1/1, p4, pan2 (Diana Hilliard, dramatic in hospital bed)
Romances of Nurse Helen Grant#1/1, p4, pan6 (Diana Hilliard, smoking headshot)
Romances of Nurse Helen Grant#1/5, p1, pan3 (Magda Varady)
Romances of Nurse Helen Grant#1/5, p3, pan3 (Sandor Varady)
Romances of Nurse Helen Grant#1/1, 1/3, 1/5 (August, 1957) - uncredited writer, Vince Colletta (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 02/14/2022 - happy Valentine's Day!
Last updated: 02/14/2022
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