Mindy Newell: Life…

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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4 Responses

  1. George Haberberger says:

    Mindy,

    Best wishes and prayers for your Dad.
    The accompanying art is from an issue I have and have had since it was published when I was a kid. It was an imaginary story, (aren’t they all? as Alan Moore said), but it was still very disturbing. I was just starting to read comics then and Superman dying was a big deal.
    I used the New 52 as a great jumping off point so I don’t have any reference for how Barbara Gordon is written now, but I did not know that Oracle never existed. That’s just a cop out.

  2. mike weber says:

    If Power Girl has breast cancer … can they operate?

    (And – perv alert! – i’ve often wondered what a more-or-less-invulnerable woman uses for the Brazilian that costume surely requires…)

  3. Emily S. Whitten Emily S. Whitten says:

    Best wishes for your dad, Mindy.

    And excellent thoughts about how illness is portrayed in comics.

  4. Wow. A wonderful bittersweet article. Wow.