Paul S. Newman, 75, a prolific comic book writer whose 4,100 stories included popular tales of pop culture icons such as the Lone Ranger, Superman and Mighty Mouse, died of a heart attack May 30 at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia. He lived in Columbia.
Mr. Newman's world record number of comics plots won him a listing last year in the Guinness Book of World Records. He wrote comics in every genre--adventure, humor, horror, romance, science fiction and beyond.
Illustrators who drew the characters for his stories said Mr. Newman left them room for artistic creativity.
"If he's going to do your stories, you're going to get good things from him," cartoonist Tom Gill told writer Vandana Sinha for a profile of Mr. Newman that appeared in The Washington Post last year. Gill, of New York, illustrated many of Newman's Lone Ranger comics.
Mr. Newman cranked out plots at the rate of about 200 stories and 30 titles a year. In addition to the ones publishers liked, he had about 5,000 plots that were rejected.
Mr. Newman was born in New York. He graduated from Dartmouth College, after serving in the Special Services during World War II.
He began writing comic book stories in the late 1940s after a plot he submitted for the radio show "A Date With Judy" was passed on by the show director to DC Comics. His work included original stories for characters created by the cartoonists who drew "Nancy," "Prince Valiant" and "Steve Canyon" for newspaper syndicates.
He also wrote scripts for about 50 documentary films, starting with a comedy produced for the United Fund that won second prize in the International Short Film Festival.
Mr. Newman's interests included contemporary Latin American art, which he had long collected.
His marriage to Zoe Erving ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Newman of Columbia; two children; three stepdaughters; and seven grandchildren.