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R.I.P. Jeffrey Catherine Jones (1944-2011)

This is a post I meant to make a couple of days back, but better late than never.

Thursday May 19, 2011, the woman that Frank Frazetta once called "the greatest living painter," Jeffrey Catherine Jones ("Jeff Jones"), died. If, like me, you grew up in the 1970s and '80s, reading magazines like Heavy Metal and novels by the likes of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Fritz Leiber, Andre Norton, and Robert E. Howard, then you are likely familiar with the work of Jeff Jones, even if you have no idea who she was.

In particular, a lot of people don't know she was a transwoman. She also suffered from mental illness, and to quote Wikipedia, "In 2001, she experienced a nervous breakdown and lost her home and workspace. In 2004 she had her own apartment and started producing work again."

And now another visionary is gone from the world, and we are poorer for the loss. There are some examples of her work behind the cut.


May. 24th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
Wait, just fucking wait, Jeff Jones was trans? I remember the name from the Warren comics days, Creepy, Eerie and then Vampirella. Ha, there, subscribing to those mags when I was eleven was the way to go. No lie, I asked for subscriptions to the Warren mags for Christmas. Oh yeah, Vampirella really thrilled me.

Bless my tolerant parents.

Jeffery C. Jones, you inspired me more than I ever realized. Bless you.