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Saturday, June 10, 2006 |
( 6/10/2006 12:17:00 PM ) Bill S.
JAXON – Just read that Jack ("Jaxon") Jackson, one of the earliest and most accomplished of the underground comix artists died under circumstances that are still being investigated. I interviewed Jack years ago for The Comics Journal, back when he was casting off his free-wheeling underground storytelling style (best seen in the horror and s-f comix titles, Skull and Slow Death) for a more disciplined type of historical graphic storytelling (Comanche Moon, Los Tejanos, El Alamo). Perhaps the thing that sticks with me most from that interview was the fact that he was already distancing himself from his youthful work – which he saw as growing excessively cynical as the sixties devolved into the seventies. Me, I was a fan of both periods of his work. His wonderful art style – which built from EC greats like Jack Davis, John Severin and Reed Crandall – was entirely his own, and his heartfelt historical comix are unsurpassed. R.I.P. Jaxon . . .
NOTE: A thread on the TCJ Message Board features some fine tributes by several folk who knew him, including Fantagraphics' publishers Groth & Thompson, who published Los Tejanos.