Mindy Newell: Books, Banned and Burned

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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3 Responses

  1. George Haberberger says:

    I think I was in grade school when I read Call of the Wild.

    I went to Catholic high school and the curriculum from Sister Mary Michael included The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Pearl. The Lord of the Flies and as I posted on Martha’s site, Catcher in the Rye.

    The Dairy of Anne Frank banned?!! Really. In America? WTF!

  2. Ian Kirk says:

    The list of books on the curriculum in Canada in the 70s was similar. There was one book on our list, I’m sure wasn’t in American schools: Yves Theriault’s Agaguk.
    Agaguk was about life in the arctic and the interaction between Inuit & White cultures. It shocked many 15 years olds because of the graphic nature of the murder of an RCMP officer. It has since been banned in many (if not all) schools in Canada.
    It seems to me that the books that are OK in schools now all have fairly recent publishing dates.
    Are parents worried that the books are irrelevant or that students won’t understand the context of the era that they were written during?
    I should think we should be more worried if kids read at all or ask questions.

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