Mindy Newell: Not Superman’s Girlfriend!

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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9 Responses

  1. Martha Thomases says:

    Preach, sister!

    Although I always liked Lois more than Lana. Yes, the men who wrote the stories wrote her terribly, but at least Lois had a job, at least Lois put herself on the line to get the story, and had a reason to exist on her own. Lana, I thought, was there to be her rival and nothing else.

    • Mindy Newell says:

      Well, when I think of Lana, I mostly think of the young teenager who hung out with Clark in Smallville.

  2. John Ostrander says:

    I once talked to Siegal’s widow and she said that Lois was also based on Scorchy Smith. Good column! Also would like to see youy writing Lois again.

  3. John Ostrander says:

    I once talked to Siegal’s widow and she said that Lois was also based on Scorchy Smith. Good column! Also would like to see you writing Lois again.

  4. There’s no way that Lois could have been based on Rosalind Russell’s character in “His Gal Friday” since that movie was released in 1940, two years after Lois first appeared. The reverse might be possible, though.

    • Mindy Newell says:

      Thanks for the correction, Howard. I think that it’s because in my mind Hildy is SO EXACTLY the way I see Lois that I’ve always thought that!

  5. Michael Poole says:

    And yet again. Also Candy Crowley admitted she was wrong a few days after the debate. A little more fact checking since you’re so fond of it.