Mindy Newell

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

Mindy Newell
Born (1953-10-24) October 24, 1953 (age 66)
Area(s)Comics Writer, Illustrator, Editor
Notable works
Catwoman, Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, Jenesis, Night Mare

Early LifeEdit

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 lifeEdit

Newell is a full-time nurse and mother, while still contributing to comics and other projects. Her former husband, John Higgins, is a British comic book writer, illustrator, and letterer.[8]



Angry Isis PressEdit

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

DC ComicsEdit

Eclipse ComicsEdit

  • 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 ComicsEdit

IPC MagazinesEdit

Last GaspEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit


Marvel ComicsEdit


  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. ^ Newell, Mindy (October 30, 2017). "The Legendary Mindy Newell?". Comicmix.com. Archived from the original on September 29, 2018. 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.
  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.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Corallo, Joseph (January 5, 2018). "Comics Trailblazer Mindy Newell on Catwoman, Marvel, and Beyond!". Geek.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2018.

External linksEdit

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