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Lived/Active: Texas/California      Known for: underground comix illustration, cartoons

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Jaxon was the pen name of Jack Jackson (May 15, 1941–June 8, 2006), an American cartoonist. Many consider him the first underground comix artist. He co-founded the seminal Rip Off Press.

Jack Jackson was born in 1941 in Pandora, Texas. He majored in accounting at the University of Texas and was a staffer for its Texas Ranger humor magazine until he and others were fired over what he called "a petty censorship violation."  Soon afterwards, he self-published the one-shot God Nose (1964), which is considered by many to be the first underground comic.

Jackson moved to San Francisco in 1966, where he became art director of the dance poster division of Family Dog.  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.

Jackson is best known for his historical work documenting the history of Native America and Texas, such as Comanche Moon (1979); El Alamo (2002); Los Tejanos; The Secret of San Saba (1989); Indian Lover: Sam Houston & the Cherokees (1999); and Lost Cause (1998).

Jackson died June 8, 2006, in Stockdale, Texas, in an apparent suicide after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

He was made a lifetime fellow of the Texas Historical Association

In 2011, Jack Jackson was listed as a Judges' Choice for The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.

    •    Long Shadows: Indian Leaders Standing in the Path of Manifest Destiny, 1600-1900. Amarillo, TX: Paramount Publishing, 1985.
    •    Los Mesteños: Spanish Ranching in Texas, 1721-1821. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1986.
    •    (with Maurine T. Wilson) Philip Nolan and Texas Expeditions to the Unknown Land, 1791-1801. Waco, TX: Texian Press, 1987.
    •    Secret of San Saba: A Tale of Phantoms and Greed in the Spanish Southwest. Northampton, MA: Kitchen Sink Press, 1989.
    •    Mapping Texas & the Gulf Coast: The Contributions of Saint-Denis, Oliván, & Le Maire. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1990.
    •    Optimism of Youth: The Underground Work of Jack Jackson. Seattle, WA:  Fantagraphics Books, 1991.
    •    (with Neal Barrett, Jr., adapted from the novel by Joe R. Lansdale) Dead in the West. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 1993.
    •    God’s Bosom and Other Stories:  The Historical Strips of Jack Jackson. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books, 1995.
    •    Imaginary Kingdom: Texas As Seen by the Rivera & Rubi Military Expeditions, 1727 & 1767. Austin, Texas: Texas State Historical Association, 1995.
    •    Flags Along the Coast: Charting the Gulf of Mexico, 1519-1759. Austin, TX: Book Club of Texas/Wind River Press, 1995.
    •    "Threadgill’s: The Comic Book," in Threadgill’s: The Cookbook. Atlanta, GA: Longstreet Press, 1996.
    •    Lost Cause: John Wesley Hardin, the Taylor-Sutton Feud, and Reconstruction Texas. Northampton, MA: Kitchen Sink Press, 1998.
    •    Shooting the Sun:  Cartographic Results of Military Activities in Texas, 1689-1892. Austin, TX: Book Club of Texas/Wind River Press, 1998.
    •    Indian Lover:  Sam Houston & the Cherokees. Austin, TX: Mojo Press, 1999.
    •    (John Wheat) Texas by Terán: The Diary Kept by General Manuel de Mier y Terán on His 1828 Inspection of Texas. Austin: U of Texas Press, 2000.
    •    The Alamo: An Epic Told from Both Sides. Austin, TX: Paisano Graphics, 2002.
    •    Indian Agent: Peter Ellis Bean In Mexican Texas. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 2005.
    •    Almonte’s Texas: Juan N. Almonte’s 1834 Inspection, Secret Report, and Role in 1836 Campaign. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 2005.


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