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Jack Jackson

Date of Birth
May 15, 1941
From
Pandora Texas
Bio
In 1964, Jackson self-published the one-shot God Nose, which is considered by some to be the first underground comic in the modern sense, discounting “Tijuana bibles”. He moved to San Francisco in 1966, where he became art director of the dance-poster division of the Family Dog psychedelic rock music-promotion collective. In 1969, he co-founded Rip Off Press, one of the first independent publishers of underground comix, with three other Texas transplants, Gilbert Shelton, Fred Todd, and Dave Moriaty. Despite this, most of his underground comics work (heavily influenced by EC Comics) was published by Last Gasp, including frequent contributions to the Last Gasp anthology Slow Death. (Jaxon left his affiliation with Last Gasp in c. 1991.) In addition to Slow Death, Jackson contributed to a selection of other underground comix, including Barbarian Comics (California Comics) and Radical America Komiks (Radical America Magazine). In the 1980s Jaxon contributed historical comics to Fantagraphics' Graphics Story Monthly and a number of Kitchen Sink Press titles, including BLAB! and the 11-part, 126-page "Bulto… The Cosmic Slug," about a space creature's effect on the people of the ancient Southwest, which was serialized in Death Rattle. Jackson did freelance work for Marvel Comics as a colorist from 1988-1991. Jackson was also known for his historical work, documenting the history of Native America and Texas, including the graphic novels Comanche Moon (1979), Recuerden El Alamo (1979), Los Tejanos (1982), The Secret of San Saba (1989), Lost Cause (1998), Indian Lover: Sam Houston & the Cherokees (1999), El Alamo (2002), and the written works like Los Mesteños: Spanish Ranching in Texas: 1721–1821 (1986), Indian Agent: Peter Ellis Bean in Mexican Texas (2005), and many others.
Awards
1 x Eisner Award Hall of Fame - Judges’ Choices [2011]
- Radical America (1969) 1 Issues
- Optimism of Youth: The Underground Work of Jack Jackson (1991) 1 Issues
- The Best Comics of the Decade (1990) 1 Issues
- God's Bosom and Other Stories: The Historical Strips of Jack Jackson (1995) 1 Issues
- Los Tejanos (1982) 1 Issues
- Death Rattle (1985 - 1988) 2 Issues
- Blood on the Moon (1978) 1 Issues
- Recuerden el Alamo (1979) 1 Issues
- Red Raider (1977) 1 Issues
- Tales from the Leather Nun (1973) 1 Issues
- Tejano Exile (1980) 1 Issues
- Radical America (1967 - 1969) 1 Issues
- Fat Freddy's Comics & Stories (1983 - 1985) 1 Issues
- Hydrogen Bomb Funnies (1970) 1 Issues
- Up from the Deep (1971) 1 Issues
- Rip Off Comix (1977 - 1991) 2 Issues
- The Best of The Rip Off Press (1973 - 1980) 1 Issues
- Underground Classics (1985 - 1992) 1 Issues
- San Francisco Comic Book (1970) 1 Issues
- Anthology of Slow Death (1975) 1 Issues
- God Nose (1964) 1 Issues
- Radical America (1969) 1 Issues
- Secret of San Saba (1989) 1 Issues
- Barbarian Comics (1972 - 1975) 1 Issues
- Dead in the West (1993 - 1994) 2 Issues
- Optimism of Youth: The Underground Work of Jack Jackson (1991) 1 Issues
- Sex, Rock & Optical Illusions (2005) 1 Issues
- The Best Comics of the Decade (1990) 1 Issues
- The Complete Crumb Comics (1987 - 2005) 1 Issues
- God's Bosom and Other Stories: The Historical Strips of Jack Jackson (1995) 1 Issues
- Los Tejanos (1982) 1 Issues
- Death Rattle (1985 - 1988) 2 Issues
- Secret of San Saba (1989) 1 Issues
- Blood on the Moon (1978) 1 Issues
- Recuerden el Alamo (1979) 1 Issues
- Red Raider (1977) 1 Issues
- Tales from the Leather Nun (1973) 1 Issues
- Tejano Exile (1980) 1 Issues
- Epic Illustrated (1980 - 1986) 1 Issues
- Radical America (1967 - 1969) 1 Issues
- Fat Freddy's Comics & Stories (1983 - 1985) 1 Issues
- Hydrogen Bomb Funnies (1970) 1 Issues
- Up from the Deep (1971) 1 Issues
- Fire Sale (1989) 1 Issues
- Comanche Moon (1979) 1 Issues
- Rip Off Comix (1977 - 1991) 1 Issues
- The Best of The Rip Off Press (1973 - 1980) 1 Issues
- Underground Classics (1985 - 1992) 1 Issues
- San Francisco Comic Book (1970) 1 Issues
- Anthology of Slow Death (1975) 1 Issues
- God Nose (1964) 1 Issues
- Radical America (1969) 1 Issues
- Secret of San Saba (1989) 1 Issues
- Barbarian Comics (1972 - 1975) 1 Issues
- Dead in the West (1993 - 1994) 2 Issues
- Birds of Prey: The Battle Within (2006) 1 Issues
- Optimism of Youth: The Underground Work of Jack Jackson (1991) 1 Issues
- Sex, Rock & Optical Illusions (2005) 1 Issues
- The Best Comics of the Decade (1990) 1 Issues
- The Complete Crumb Comics (1987 - 2005) 1 Issues
- God's Bosom and Other Stories: The Historical Strips of Jack Jackson (1995) 1 Issues
- Los Tejanos (1982) 1 Issues
- Death Rattle (1985 - 1988) 2 Issues
- Secret of San Saba (1989) 1 Issues
- Blood on the Moon (1978) 1 Issues
- Recuerden el Alamo (1979) 1 Issues
- Red Raider (1977) 1 Issues
- Tales from the Leather Nun (1973) 1 Issues
- Tejano Exile (1980) 1 Issues
- Epic Illustrated (1980 - 1986) 1 Issues
- Radical America (1967 - 1969) 1 Issues
- Fat Freddy's Comics & Stories (1983 - 1985) 1 Issues
- Hydrogen Bomb Funnies (1970) 1 Issues
- Up from the Deep (1971) 1 Issues
- Fire Sale (1989) 1 Issues
- Comanche Moon (1979) 1 Issues
- Rip Off Comix (1977 - 1991) 1 Issues
- The Best of The Rip Off Press (1973 - 1980) 1 Issues
- Underground Classics (1985 - 1992) 1 Issues
- San Francisco Comic Book (1970) 1 Issues
- Anthology of Slow Death (1975) 1 Issues
- Barbarian Comics (1972 - 1975) 1 Issues
- Blood on the Moon (1978) 1 Issues
- Red Raider (1977) 1 Issues
- God Nose (1964) 1 Issues
- Radical America (1969) 1 Issues
- The Weird (1988) 1 Issues
- Optimism of Youth: The Underground Work of Jack Jackson (1991) 1 Issues
- God's Bosom and Other Stories: The Historical Strips of Jack Jackson (1995) 1 Issues
- Los Tejanos (1982) 1 Issues
- Blood on the Moon (1978) 1 Issues
- Recuerden el Alamo (1979) 1 Issues
- Red Raider (1977) 1 Issues
- Tales from the Leather Nun (1973) 1 Issues
- Tejano Exile (1980) 1 Issues
- Radical America (1967 - 1969) 1 Issues
- Fat Freddy's Comics & Stories (1983 - 1985) 1 Issues
- Hydrogen Bomb Funnies (1970) 1 Issues
- Up from the Deep (1971) 1 Issues
- Fire Sale (1989) 1 Issues
- Rip Off Comix (1977 - 1991) 1 Issues
- The Best of The Rip Off Press (1973 - 1980) 1 Issues
- Underground Classics (1985 - 1992) 1 Issues
- San Francisco Comic Book (1970) 1 Issues
- Anthology of Slow Death (1975) 1 Issues