Mindy Newell

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Mindy Newell
Born (1953-10-24) October 24, 1953 (age 64)
Nationality American
Area(s) Comics Writer, Illustrator, Editor
Notable works
Catwoman, Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, Jenesis, Night Mare

Mindy Newell (born October 24, 1953)[1] is an American comic book artist and editor, best known for her work with DC Comics.

Early Life[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Newell graduated from high school in 1971[2]. She then attended the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to study nursing. Following her nursing schooling, Newell enrolled at Quinnipiac University and studied biology while working as a nurse.


A longtime fan of comics, particularly of Marvel's Spider-Man, Mindy Newell sent submissions to DC Comics in 1983 at a time when the company was actively looking for new talent. Her first professional work was her creation of the character Jenesis, which appeared in three issues of New Talent Showcase.[3] Editor Karen Berger called her in for an interview four days after DC received her submission.

Hired by editors Dick Giordano and Karen Berger, Newell wrote fill-in issues for Legion of Super-Heroes and Action Comics.[4] While working as part of the new talent program, Newell became the writer of Wonder Woman.[5] She was the first credited woman to write the Wonder Woman series in an ongoing capacity[5] but was limited in what she could write due to editorial mandates.[5] In 1986, Newell and artist Gray Morrow collaborated on a Lois Lane limited series which dealt with the subject of missing children.[6] In addition, Newell wrote Wonder Woman and Her Sister's Keeper, a seminal Catwoman limited series.[7] Newell also briefly worked on First Comics's American Flagg and Eclipse Comics's The New Wave.[4]

Newell has always maintained a career as a nurse while writing comics, and has since returned to that occupation full-time.[5]

Personal Life[edit]

Newell is a full-time nurse and mother, while still contributing to comics and other projects. Her spouse, John Higgins, is a British comic book writer, illustrator, and letterer.



Angry Isis Press[edit]

  • Choices: A Pro-Choice Benefit Comic Anthology for the National Organization for Women #1 (1990)

DC Comics[edit]

Eclipse Comics[edit]

  • Miracleman #8 (The New Wave preview) (1986)
  • The New Wave #1–13 (1986–1987)
  • The New Wave vs. the Volunteers #1–2 (1987)
  • Tales of Terror #3 (1985)

First Comics[edit]

IPC Magazines[edit]

Last Gasp[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]


Marvel Comics[edit]


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Legendary Mindy Newell? | ComicMix". www.comicmix.com. Retrieved 2017-12-02. 
  3. ^ Greenberger, Robert (April 2014). "New Talent and Bonus Babies". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (71): 65–71. 
  4. ^ a b Mindy Newell at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ a b c d Simone, Gail (n.d.). "Five Questions With..." Fivequestionswith.wordpress.com. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ Zeno, Eddy (July 2012). "In Search of Social Issues The Real and Fictional Heroes of DC Comics". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (57): 57. 
  7. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 239. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Written by Mindy Newell, with art by J.J. Birch, Catwoman picked up where Frank Miller's "Year One" story arc left off. 

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Preceded by
Paul Levitz
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes writer
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dan Mishkin
Wonder Woman writer
Succeeded by
Gerry Conway
Preceded by
George Pérez
Wonder Woman vol. 2 writer
Succeeded by
George Pérez