Mindy Newell: For The Love Of The Game

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. Mindy Newell says:

    OY! Of course I meant cornerback RICHARD SHERMAN!!!! (Russell Wilson is the QB!)

  2. George Haberberger says:

    ” My father pointing out Richard Nixon (pre-Presidency) sitting only a few rows behind us.”
    How did your Dad get better seats than Richard Nixon?

    • Mindy Newell says:

      George, the best kept secret of football stadiums is that the best seats in the house are directly behind the goal posts up in the bleeding nose section. From there you can really see the line-up (3-4 defense, for example), the plays and how they work (quarterback sneak, for instance), opening, who’s open downfield and who isn’t, and when it’s 4th and goal on our end of the field, WHOOOOO-EEEEE! Okay, I admit, when it’s fourth and goal at the other end, we have to watch the Jumbotron. :-). And I credit those seats to my being able to understand–really see–the “intricacies of the game,” as I described it above, when my father taught me the game.

      And when we got our tickets for the new Giants Stadium, we were given 50 yard line in the first tier, I suppose because we were such long time season ticket holders. (Dad got them when he got back from WW II–a friend of his was a sports writer for a northern NJ newspaper at the time.) But guess what else? My father called up and requested our old seats–and got them. And we weren’t the only ones in our section (301) who felt that way. Almost everyone around us who sat in the section at Yankee stadium was with us again at the new Giants Stadium. So Richard Nixon, who was a HUGE football and NY GIANTS fan, knew what he was doing!!!!