Born: 1941 May 15 in Pandora, Texas, United States

Died: 2006 June 8 in Stockdale, Texas, United States

Biography: 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.

Notes: To be confirmed against the Who's Who entry.


    Jack Jackson Type: Common Alternative Name
    Given name: Jack Family name: Jackson

Other Names:

  1. J. Jackson Type: Common Alternative Name
    Given name: J. Family name: Jackson
  2. Jack Edward Jackson Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Jack Edward Family name: Jackson
  3. Jaxon Type: Pen Name
  4. Jack Jaxon Type: Pen Name


  1. Waco Tech ? to ?

  2. University of Texas ? to ?


  1. M.A., University of Texas

    Notes: Psychology.

  2. Ph.D., Waco Tech

    Notes: Physics.


  1. Bummer [generic]
  2. Jaxon [generic]


  1. 2011: Eisner Award - Hall of Fame - Judges’ Choices