Gerard Jones

Gerard Jones (born July 10, 1957)[1] is an American writer, known primarily for his non-fiction work about American culture and media, and his comic book scripting for various publishers. He was sentenced to six years of imprisonment in 2018 for possession of child pornography.

Gerard Jones
BornJuly 10, 1957 (age 61)
Cut Bank, Montana, US
Genresuperhero comics, non-fiction

Early life

Jones was born in Cut Bank, Montana, and raised in the California towns of Los Gatos and Gilroy.[2]


From 1983 to 1988, Jones and Will Jacobs were contributors to National Lampoon magazine. They also wrote The Beaver Papers – a book parodying the TV series Leave It to Beaver – and The Comic Book Heroes: From the Silver Age to the Present. He and Jacobs returned to humorous fiction in 2014 with The Beaver Papers 2 and My Pal Splendid Man.[3]

From 1987 to 2001, Jones wrote comic books for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Viz Media, Malibu Comics, and other publishers, including such series as Green Lantern,[4] Justice League,[5] Prime, Ultraforce, El Diablo, Wonder Man, Martian Manhunter, Elongated Man, The Shadow, Pokémon Adventures, Dragon Ball, Batman, and – with Jacobs – The Trouble with Girls.[6]

Since 1993, Jones has been primarily a writer of non-fiction books, mainly concerning American culture and media, including television comedy (Honey I'm Home), violence in entertainment (Killing Monsters), and comic-book history (Men of Tomorrow). He appears in documentaries including Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman, American Masters: Lucille Ball, and Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America.

Personal life

The residence of Jones and his wife is in San Francisco.[7]

Child pornography

Jones was arrested in December 2016 on charges of distributing and possessing child pornography. His lawyer first entered a plea of "not guilty",[7] but in April 2018 Jones changed his plea to "guilty", admitting that the police had found "numerous electronic devices containing tens of thousands of images and hundreds of videos of child pornography" in his home.[8] In August 2018, Jones was sentenced to six years in prison, followed by a five-year period of supervised release, with an unspecified amount of restitution to be paid to his victims.[8][9]


  • 2005 Eisner Award, Best Comics-Related Book: Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book



  • The Beaver Papers: The Story of the Lost Season (with Will Jacobs, Crown Publishers, 1984, ISBN 978-0-517-54991-9)
  • Honey I'm Home: Sitcoms Selling the American Dream (St. Martin's Griffin, 1993, ISBN 978-0-312-08810-1)
  • The Comic Book Heroes: The First History of Modern Comic Books – From the Silver Age to the Present (with Will Jacobs, Crown Publishing Group 1985, 1996 – revised edition – ISBN 0-517-55440-2 )
  • Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Superheroes and Make-Believe Violence (Basic Books, 2003, ISBN 978-0-465-03696-7)
  • Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book (Basic Books, 2005, ISBN 978-0-465-03657-8)


  • 2099 Unlimited #1–10
  • Batman: Fortunate Son, DC Comics, 1999
  • Batman: Jazz #1–3
  • Dragon Ball (English version), Viz Media 1998–2004
  • Dragon Ball Z (English version), Viz Media, 1998–2006
  • Dragon Ball: Full Color (English version), Viz Media, 2014–current
  • Elongated Man #1–4
  • Freex #1–18
  • Godwheel #0–3
  • Green Lantern (Volume 3) #1–47, DC Comics, 1990–1993
  • Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn #2–6 (With Jim Owsley, Keith Giffen, M.D. Bright and Romeo Tanghal), DC Comics, 1989–1990
  • Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn II #1–6, DC Comics, 1991
  • Green Lantern: Mosaic #1–18, DC Comics, 1992–1993
  • Guy Gardner: Reborn #1–3
  • Guy Gardner #1–10
  • Hulk 2099 #1–10
  • Justice League Europe #14–57, Annual #2–5
  • Justice League America #0, 93–113, Annual #9
  • Justice League Spectacular #1
  • Martian Manhunter: American Secrets, DC Comics
  • Oktane (with Gene Ha, Dark Horse Comics, 1996, ISBN 978-1-56971-212-2)
  • Pokemon Adventures Volumes 1–14 (English Version), Viz Media, 2000–2003, 2009–2011
  • Power of Prime #1–4, Malibu Comics, 1995
  • Prime #1–26, Malibu Comics, 1993–1995
  • Prime #1–15, Malibu Comics, 1995–1996
  • Prime/Captain America #1
  • Prime vs. Incredible Hulk #1
  • Ranma ½ (English version), Viz Media, 1993–2006
  • Solitaire #1–12
  • The Trouble with Girls (with Will Jacobs and Tim Hamilton, Malibu Comics, 1987)
  • Ultraforce #0–6
  • Wonder Man #1–29, Marvel Comics, 1991–1994


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010.
  2. ^ Tobin, Pat (May 14, 2007). "Pat Tobin on a Comics-Related Event at Fordham University on June 2". Archived from the original on October 26, 2007. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Atomic Drop Press. Retrieved on January 8, 2017. Archived from the original on January 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 245. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Writer Gerard Jones and penciller Pat Broderick jump-started the further adventures of Hal [Jordan] and company by beginning Green Lantern's third ongoing series, which would last an impressive 181 issues.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 252: "With the [Justice League] titles spearheaded by Superman mainstay Dan Jurgens, writer Gerard Jones and artists Rick Burchett and Ron Randall jumped on board as well to help revitalize the franchise."
  6. ^ Gerard Jones at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ a b Bodley, Michael (2017-01-07). "Comic book author suspected of putting child porn on YouTube". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2017-01-08.
  8. ^ a b "San Francisco Resident Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Possessing And Distributing Child Pornography". U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  9. ^ "GERARD JONES Sentenced to 6 Years for Child Pornography". Newsarama. Retrieved 2018-08-15.

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Preceded by
James Owsley
Green Lantern writer
Succeeded by
Ron Marz
Preceded by
Dan Vado
Justice League America writer
Succeeded by
Grant Morrison
Preceded by
J. M. DeMatteis
Justice League Europe writer
Succeeded by
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Emerald Dawn

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Gene Ha

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Hulk 2099

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Jeff Johnson (artist)

Jeffrey "Jeff" Johnson is an American comic book artist.

He is best known for his work with writer Gerard Jones on Marvel Comics' Wonder Man and Malibu Comics' Solitaire and with writer Chuck Dixon on Crossgen's Way of the Rat though he has also pencilled many other titles in his long career in comics, including The Amazing Spider-Man, Green Lantern, and Weapon X.

He was about to begin a collaboration with Ron Marz on The Dragon Prince but he was hired by an animation studio. He has since worked on such cartoons as Boondocks (TV series), Spectacular Spider-Man (TV series), Brave and the Bold (cartoon), Young Justice (TV series) and Transformers: Prime. His book Draw Fight Scenes Like a Pro was published by Watson-Guptill in 2006.

Johnson is married to Megan Crane, the novelist.

Justice League Europe

Justice League Europe (JLE) was a DC Comics book run that was a spin-off of the comic book Justice League America (which was then named Justice League International (vol. 1) for issues #7 to #25).Justice League Europe was published for 68 issues (plus five Annuals) from 1989 to 1994. Starting with issue #51 the title was renamed Justice League International (vol. 2). Like Justice League America, the series featured tongue-in-cheek humor but was a much more action-centric series than Justice League America. The action-themed nature of the series was most overt with the series' most famous arc "The Extremists". The arc featured the JLE fighting The Extremists, a cadre of psychopathic villains patterned after Marvel Comics villains Doctor Doom, Magneto, Doctor Octopus, Sabretooth and Dormammu.The team was originally headquartered in Paris, France but later moved to an abandoned castle in Great Britain.

Legion (DC Comics)

Legion is a fictional supervillain in the DC Comics universe. He was created by Keith Giffen, Gerard Jones, and Romeo Tanghal. He is a foe of Abin Sur, the Green Lantern of Sector 2814, the Silver Age Green Lantern and the Green Lantern Corps. His only appearance is in the 1990 mini-series Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn.

Myrtle Beach Seadawgs

Myrtle Beach Seadawgs were an American soccer team that played in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Their home field was Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

The roster included Jimmy May, Willie Files, Ross Moore, Barry Hope, Miguel Calderon, Jeremy Eason, Neil Payne, Gerard Jones, Scott Schweitzer, Warren Russ, Dave Mallick, Michael Parry, Bradley Bennett, Greg Richards, Ryan Walker, Jeff Johnson.

In April 1997, the professional female golfer Laura Davies played six minutes for the club in a league game.

Nauru at the 1994 Commonwealth Games

Nauru at the 1994 Commonwealth Games was abbreviated NRU.

The 1994 Games in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada marked Nauru's second participation in the Commonwealth Games. The small country was represented by three athletes: weightlifter Marcus Stephen, weightlifter Gerard Jones, and runner Frederick Cannon.

Stephen, who later became his country's President in 2007, won three gold medals. He had previously won a gold and two silvers in the 1990 Games. He would go on to win three gold in 1998, and three silver in 2002.

Piranha Press

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The K-Metal from Krypton

"The K-Metal from Krypton" is an unpublished Superman story written by Jerry Siegel in 1940 and originally illustrated by the Joe Shuster Studio. The reason why National Comics (later to become DC Comics) never published the story is not known. This storyline features the precursor to Kryptonite called "K-Metal" and Lois learning that Clark Kent is Superman.

Like all Superman stories of the 1940s, the adventure originally had no title. The earliest known occurrence of the name "The K-Metal from Krypton" for the tale was in Gerard Jones' 2004 book Men of Tomorrow. The story remained forgotten and unknown from 1941 until 1988, when Jerry Siegel's original script and story outline was rediscovered in deep storage in the DC Comics library by Mark Waid.


Tomar-Tu is a fictional character, a Green Lantern featured in comic books published by DC Comics. He is a tall, well-muscled humanoid alien with reddish-orange skin and a partially bald head. Other distinguishing features include a fish fin running down the center of his head, lupine ears and a bird‘s beak for a mouth. He first appeared in Green Lantern (vol. 3) #4 story titled "Among My Souvenirs". He became a Green Lantern in Green Lantern (vol. 3) #24 (May 1992) in a story titled "The Decision". He was created by Gerard Jones.

Tony Strobl

Anthony Joseph Strobl (; May 12, 1915 – December 29, 1991) was an American comics artist and animator. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Cleveland School of Art from 1933–37, with Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, who actually got some help from Strobl creating Superman. Gerard Jones in his book Men of Tomorrow reveals at one point Jerry Siegel contemplated ending his partnership with Joe Shuster in developing what became Superman and work with someone else instead. Strobl was among those approached but he respectfully declined, feeling his more cartoony artstyle was ill suited for such a serious character.


The Triarch are fictional extraterrestrial deities published by DC Comics. They first appear in Trinity #1 (August 1993), and were created by Gerard Jones and Gene Ha.

Trinity (story arc)

"Trinity" is a comic book crossover storyline published by DC Comics that ran through a self-titled limited series and the issues of Darkstars, Green Lantern vol. 3 and L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 cover dated August and September 1993. It was written by Gerard Jones and Mark Waid from a plot by Michael Jan Friedman.

Will Jacobs

Will Jacobs (born 1955) is an American comics and humor writer. He was a coauthor with Gerard Jones on The Beaver Papers, The Comic Book Heroes, and the comic book The Trouble with Girls (1987–1993). He was a contributor to National Lampoon magazine and various DC Comics. Jacobs left professional writing in the 1990s to start a used and antiquarian book service, Avalon Books. He co-wrote with Jones The Comic Book Heroes, a book dedicated to the history of the American comic book industry from the Silver Age to the present.In 2014 Jacobs and Jones began writing humorous fiction together again with The Beaver Papers 2 and My Pal Splendid Man.

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