Mindy Newell: Martha Got Me Thinking Again!

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. Martha Thomases says:

    If a woman had painted that SPIDERWOMAN cover, it might have still put the noses of some people out of joint. Again, we don’t all share a brain.

    And if a woman editor had assigned Manara (or someone else) to paint an erotic variant cover, someone might have objected.

    And if the story inside had an all-female creative team, there might still be feminists who didn’t like it.

    However, none of those things are true.

    If they were, it would be an impressive improvement in the status of women in the business of comics.

    And, yeah, we should get together and hammer these issues out over drinks and nachos.

    • Mindy Newell says:

      I’d love to, Martha!!!!!!! Maybe this weekend?

    • mike weber says:

      Margaret Brundage‘s covers for Weird Tales were often condemned as borderline pornographic (by the standards of the day) – even before she was revealed to the readers to be a woman (she signed her work “M. Brundage”, so it was assumed she was male).

      Complaints about the erotic nature of her work increased after October 1934, when editor Wright revealed that the “M.” stood for “Margaret,” that the artist was a woman.

      (from Wikipedia)


      • Mindy Newell says:

        That’s really interesting, Mike. I suppose the complaints arose because Margaret (“M”) Brundage wasn’t acting in the proscribed manner a woman was supposed to act like in 1934?