MINDY NEWELL: What If? Just Imagine!

Mindy Newell

These days Mindy Newell knows that if she could do it all over again she’d have gone to college for screenwriting and film editing. Instead she became a nurse to please her parents and pleasing your parents was what it was all about for nice Jewish girls who graduated from high school in 1971. But the creative larva was in her soul, and when the cocoon broke and the butterfly emerged, it flew to DC’s New Talent Showcase program. Under the auspices of legendary editors Karen Berger, Len Wein, Julius Schwartz, Paul Levitz, and ComicMix’s own Robert Greenberger, Mindy learned the craft and art of writing comics, including Tales Of The Legion, V, Legionnaires 3, Amethyst, Lois Lane: When It Rains God Is Crying, and numerous other comics, including a Superman story based on a dream Mindy had as a child. She also worked on Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! and other independent comics. All this time Mindy continued to work as a nurse while being a single mom to her daughter Alixandra, until the late and dear Mark Gruenwald hired her as an assistant editor at Marvel, while writing stories of the Black Widow and Daredevil. She edited NFL Pro Action, a licensed kid’s magazine about football with the NFL until Marvel imploded in 1996. Returning to full-time nursing, she she also co-wrote a story for 2000 A.D. with her then-husband, British artist John Higgins. A few years ago Mike Gold called and asked her to join the team of columnists here at ComicMix, where her topics freely range from comics to pop culture to politics; she even wrote a piece about the great American thoroughbred Secretariat, which caused editor Mike to tell her that she had won the prize for the most off-topic column ever written ComicMix.

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7 Responses

  1. Russ Rogers says:

    Comic book superhero stories have TWO strengths that invite the reader in their universe. The first is the crossover. Batman not only hangs out with Superman, Batman sometimes hangs out with Wolverine, Grendel, Sherlock Holmes or the Predator. Archie hangs out with The Punisher and Kiss. This says to me, “Make up a character, and it can live with ALL these other characters!” That’s an amazing gift to the imagination.

    BTW, I live in Minnesota’s 6th District, Michele Bachmann’s. Oy.

    The other is the “Just Imagine,” the “What IF…” story. The alternate universe. The ULTIMATE Universe. The Else-Worlds. This says to me, “Take ANY of our characters and put your own spin on it! No! YOU CAN’T BE WRONG!” In some else-verse there is a Black Batman with an Afro that flies with a jet-pack.

    Comic books are in invitation to the imagination, to take these characters and stories and to claim OWNERSHIP of them, by making them our own.

  2. Martha Thomases says:

    My mom actually made me a Supergirl costume for Halloween, using a sewing pattern for a skating costume and using corduroy. It was completely awesome.

  3. Jarrod Buttery says:

    Please don’t let Marc Alan Fishman start talking about HIS Supergirl costume….

  4. Candy says:

    I love raednig these articles because they\’re short but informative.