MINDY NEWELL: Who Pays For The Watchmen?

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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6 Responses

  1. Sad but true: Unshaven Comics pitched this very idea to Gold for a series. We’re still waiting on the rejection letter!

  2. In the MU, insurance companies cover super battle damage and, in NYC at least, Damage Control (a company and comic created by the late and great Dwayne McDuffie) cleans up the majority of the damages.

    The Avengers and FF, at least, have insurance policies specifically to project them against damages they do to others’ property and persons.

    • Mike Gold Mike Gold says:

      Yeah, but a fly-over by any one of the various Hulks would pretty much total out that policy.

      That’s why I think all those policies are held by Fisk, through various closely-held Reinsurance companies (Google, chillun!).

    • Mike Gold Mike Gold says:

      Yeah, but a fly-over by any one of the various Hulks would pretty much total out that policy.

      That’s why I think all those policies are held by Fisk, through various closely-held Reinsurance companies (Google, chillun!).

  3. Jess Willey says:

    Well- at least most of the green Hulk damaged is caused by the US Army by his retaliating after they attack him knowing damn well what he’s going to do. It is arguably self defense. I’m bet the American tax payer gets the bill- slipped into the budget as work for the Army Corps of Engineers.

    The bigger question is: Do bizarros get paid handed money from their insurance company ONLY when Super villains smash their towns?