Mindy Newell: The Sexual Preferences Of Wonder Woman, or The Hero’s Journey Part II

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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2 Responses

  1. Bill Mulligan says:

    Do you think WW and Supes would really hook up? Other than being (arguably) the two most powerful examples of their respective genders, what does a farmboy from Kansas and an Amazon from Paradise island see in each other? Ok, they do have similar jobs so they can chat about the day’s events–

    “OMG, I totally got into it with Cheetah today!”

    “Cheetah??? I took on Darkseid!”


    You know, if I had my druthers, she’s seek out someone utterly normal. Someone with no ties to the craziness, who would cater to the woman without focusing all on the wonder.

    Ever see the original La Femme Nikita? She becomes a sleeper agent and starts a relationship with an average looking guy (by movie standards) she meets at a supermarket.

    (In the Hollywood remake she meets Dermot Mulroney, playing an ordinary guy…the kind you would see any day of the week, if you lived on Mt Olympus. Thus telling you everything you need to know about why most Hollywood remakes of foreign movies really bite.)

  2. Bill Mulligan says:

    And really, it’s very sweet of you to apologize but no slight was intended and if I had to apologize every time I messed up on names it would be my full time job. And I can;t blame menopause.