Mindy Newell: It’s A Wonderful Life 2 – The Feds Awaken!

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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2 Responses

  1. john meier says:

    Mindy, George made his choice, you made yours, both you and he got what they wanted. At least George Bailey did, Don’t be so cynical, be thankful. Life is not a movie, but things have a way of working out. Look up the life of Mike’s dad’s friend, artist, Alice Neel. She spent most of her life in poverty, but never gave up, she loved her sons, but couldn’t stay with one man,she knew many. Her friends helped and encouraged her, just like George Bailey’s friends. They had more money than him, but they respected him for the man he was. Give the Fed a chance, our economy is picking up. Look at your own prosperity, look at your life, and the lives of your friends. Look at it now, not in some stock broker’s crystal ball. Don’ t worry about the stock market indexes. Business is prospering, the job situation is improving, it is very likely to stay that way. If you want to worry, worry about the American comic book reader. Worry about the topic of Marvel Comic’s new offering” Secret Wars “. Happy New Year, Mindy! .

    • Mindy Newell says:

      Lighten up, John. I was just playing.

      You don’t have to defend IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE to me.

      By the way, Frank Capra said it was his favorite movie, and watching it with his family was an annual Capra Christmas tradition.