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Welcome to the cast, Dr. John!
John “Jack” Warren is the youngest of the Warren boys. Dr. John has been a fan-favorite on DeviantART since I posted his character design a long time ago. In fact, I checked the date– I posted the first drawing of him November of 2007! And Alan has been looking for John since issue #3.
John was 12 years younger than his famous older brother Joseph Warren. Joseph had just started college when their father was killed after he slipped out of an apple tree and broke his neck. John was only two, but he was the one who discovered him. Unlike his brother who had an easier life, John had to put himself through Harvard, working odd jobs to pay for it since the family could no longer afford the tuition. But after school his plans were much the same as his brother. He apprenticed with Joseph in Boston for several years, then set up his own practice in Salem, Massachusetts. (Yup, that Salem.)
During his time in Harvard, he was a part of a secret club of Body Snatchers called the Spunkers. You have to read about it to believe it.
When the British evacuated Boston at the end of the siege, March 17th, 1776, they left behind stores of medicines. The Americans, who were stripped bare of supplies of all sorts, were ecstatic when they discovered it. But it was Dr. John Warren who found out (in time) that the medicines were tainted with traces of arsenic. Uh… good call, John. The dastardly deed was more than likely done not by the British Army, but by their really angry wives who lost a thousand of their husbands at Bunker Hill. Hell hath no fury and all that…
And if you’re still not impressed, after the war he went onto found the Harvard School of Medicine.
Welcome aboard at long last, Dr. John! And we sure do hope you can fix Alan before it’s too late. Actually, now that we think about it, put your lancet away. Bea might be more qualified for this job after all…
I have special fun for the Voting Incentive this week. A few months back, John Warren’s medical kits were put up for auction. One was allegedly a gift from his big brother, Dr. Joseph Warren. If you look in today’s comic, you’ll see I drew it in there. My favorite part of any amputation kit is that circular knife the apprentice has in his hand. For cutting flesh away to get to the bone. So. Disgusting.
VOTE to see the real John Warren’s amputation kit!