The lead story in this issue, "Wall of Fear," focuses on Betsy's relationship with Rusty Corwin, an up and coming boxer who needs brain surgery:
"It is difficult for a man to change his life overnight, especially when the change is forced upon him without choice! Sometimes the people who are near and dear to him innocently tend only to irritate an already irritating situation! At times, it takes a stranger with the ability and understanding of a miracle worker to forge a path through this intense wall of fear! Such a person is Nurse Betsy Crane!"
All well and good, but the story doesn't really deliver on its introduction. Rusty Corwin enters the ring for a match that will send the victor to challenge the champion. Both boxers swap light taps, feeling each other out, and suddenly Rusty collapses and cannot be revived. Taken to the hospital, Rusty cannot be revived that night, although in the morning he is bright, alert, feeling fine, and wanting to go home. Soon, we find out that Rusty has a "slight pressure on a nerve leading leading directly from the medulla and the rear center of the brain." A simple fix, as brain surgery goes. Rusty does not like the idea of an operation that would end his boxing career. Betsy tells Rusty, "If you walk out, you have less chance of living than if you stay." Rusty replies, "Okay...I'll Stay." The operation is a success. The end. No muss, no fuss, no drama. And we close the book on another not very thrilling adventure of Super Nurse!
The back-up story is even worse. College student Lita Miller is a bubble-headed girl who seems only to exist to please her boyfriend Mell. Mell offers to take her to a school football game. The opposing team whose star player is Ted Cole. Lita, of course,
I guess I just don't understand the teen romance comics.
This one is a fast read. See if you fell as I do.