Mindy Newell: Fly Girls

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. Duane B says:

    “… Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,

    I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace

    Where never lark, or even eagle flew –

    And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod

    The high untresspassed sanctity of space,

    Put out my hand and touched the face of God.”

    Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee

    No 412 squadron, RCAF

    Killed 11 December 1941

    He sent this home days, if not weeks before his death.

    It’s just too good of a sonnet to leave incomplete. Clear Skies, and Fair Weather Sir.

    • Mindy Newell says:

      I know, Duane; I was worried about space. My dad–a P-51 fighter jock who served in the CBI–has always had a copy of the poem framed and hanging in the den. So I was about 4 when I read it for the first time.

      The saddest thing about Magee’s death, imho, is that he was killed on a training mission.

  2. Michael Poole says:

    Another plus. Very informative and interesting.