Mindy Newell (born October 24, 1953) is an American comic book writer and editor. She was the first ongoing female writer for Wonder Woman.
Life and CareerEdit
A long-time fan of comics, particularly of Marvel's Spider-Man, she sent submissions to DC Comics in 1983 at a time when the company was actively looking for new talent. Hired by editors Dick Giordano and Karen Berger, Newell wrote fill-in issues for Legion of Super-Heroes and Action Comics.
She was first put on Wonder Woman to wind down the original series in preperation for George Perez's reboot. However, the editor had a very fixed idea about the story he wanted to tell, and Newell was unable to explore the character in the way she felt it should be done. After one particularly tense confrontation, she yelled and swore at him and quit. She thought her career as a comic book writer was over, but Marv Wolfman caught up with her and convinced her to finish out the run
She later wrote Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld and Catwoman: Her Sister's Keeper, a seminal limited series. She later returned to Wonder Woman, scripting George Perez's plots. Newell also briefly worked on First Comics's American Flagg and Eclipse Comics's The New Wave.
In 1990 she moved to Marvel Comics as an editor, leaving her day job as a nurse. However, in 1996, Marvel's financial difficulties led to her being laid off, and she returned to nursing.
After returning to nursing, the only comic she has scripted is the series Faces for 2000AD in 2004, co-written with British artist John Higgins. She has since enrolled in classes at the Gotham Writer's Workshop, and is working on a young adult novel.
Since July 2011, she has been writing a slighty irregular (meaning it's comics mixed with Mindy's strong opinions) column for ComicMix.