Mindy Newell: Doctor ????

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. Billy The Cat says:

    25th August it starts here in the UK ! BBC America show it the day after ! I believe 6 episodes air tilI the end of sept then its a short wait until the xmas episode and the rest of the season shown in the new year :)

  2. Roger G says:

    I’d like to hear more about how you trolled the BBCA pages–what happened?

  3. John Ostrander says:

    Ah, the Doctor! My first intro was Jon Pertwee and I only caught sporadic episodes. Then, inexplicably to me, there was this guy with the scarf who looked like Harpo Marx’s British cousin who was now the Doctor. Took me a long time to accept that but once I understood the brilliant concept that this was the same guy, that he was an alien, and that he regenerated — I was sold. Baker was long my fave doctor but there’s something I liked in all of them. Well, I did stop watching during Colin Baker’s run but that was because the producer, John Nathan Turner, ran the show into the ground and was, IMO, the main cause for its cancellation. I like all three of the new series’ incarnations, edging somewhat towards Eccleston (who will be the villain in the next THOR movie). I like Matt Smith’s Doctor a LOT but that may be because of Stephen Moffat, the show’s current producer and head writer, who is absolutely BRILLIANT. And I can’t wait until the new series.

    Of course, I have one other reason to really like Doctor Who. It’s how I met Kim.

    Great column, Mindy!