Mindy Newell: Full Of Sound And Fury

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. George Haberberger says:

    “And now Superman has a new power.”
    Yeah, that’s what I hear but I won’t be reading it.

  2. Mindy Newell says:

    George, I know what it is, because quite a few websites have revealed it; but I didn’t want to actually SAY what it is because I didn’t want to spoil it.

    I do find the “side effect” of the power interesting because there is A LOT of story potential in it. However, I don’t think that’s what so many of the millennials are going to be interested in. I think it’s just going to be more “sound and fury.”

    Oh, and yes, it will make for great SFX and CGI on the big screen.

  3. Roland Torres says:

    Hi. I enjoyed Man Of Steel but really felt the missteps they made. You are right Cavil did a good job in a the film. I really felt the ending where Clark shows up at the Planet made the film for me. I had really hoped for a straight up sequel where Clark finds his place there. Alas seems more Sound and Fury considering B v S. Hopefully the actors can find the heart among all the mayhem.