Mindy Newell: The Greatest Generation

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. Martha Thomases says:

    Congratulations to your father on a life worth living (and a daughter like you).

  2. mike weber says:

    I’m glad to hear the story; i’m so sorry for the context you told it in…

  3. George Haberberger says:

    Mindy, I never know what to expect when I start reading one of your columns but they are always worth reading. None more than this one. My best to you Dad.

    You know, Garth Ennis is writing a book called Battlefields for Dynamite Entertainment. Put bug in his ear.

  4. John Ostrander says:

    Ah, Mindy. Love to you.

  5. Bill Mulligan says:

    Mindy, my deepest sympathies on this difficult time for you and your family and my deepest admiration and respect for your father. As a widely misattributed quote more or less states, we sleep soundly at night because of the sacrifices of men such as him, along with those who never made it back.

  6. We talk about comic book heroes ‘saving the world.”

    Your father and the men who fought alongside him *did* save the world.

    May they always be remembered with honor and love.