Mindy Newell: The Sexual Preferences Of Wonder Woman, or… Whatever Floats Your Boat

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. Mindy Newell says:

    A HUGE THANKS!!!! to Bill Hannigan for not only letting me quote him in this column, but for giving me the idea in the first place! I owe you, Mr. Hannigan!

  2. Bill Mulligan says:

    Who the hell is Bill Hannigan?

    (weeping in my pillow. This is middle school all over again when everybody kept calling me Mike. I’m told it had something to do with a steam shovel.)

    • Mindy Newell says:

      I can’t fucking believe I did that!!!!!

    • Mindy Newell says:

      Blame it on my menopausal mind, Bill!

      I made an announcement on Facebook. And I will correct it in the next column.

      • Mike Gold says:

        Well, I’ve given this a great deal of thought — an enormous amount of thought, actually — and I concluded that sexual preference aside Wonder Woman probably couldn’t use a vibrator. At least, not twice.

        • George Haberberger says:

          If that’s true it’s bad news for Steve Trevor and yes you’ve been giving this way too much thought.

      • Bill Mulligan says:

        It’s ok, Mindy! My wife laughed at me, not for the first or last time!