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NYCC: Palmiotti & Friends Go Off-Color and Off-Topic

Thu, October 16th
By Benjamin Kaye

Jimmy Palmiotti was joined by friends to discuss 'rub & smell' "Harley Quinn," his rejected Pirate Jonah Hex pitch, 'those Dothraki people' & more.

Palmiotti Caps Nine-Year Run with "All-Star Western" Finale

Thu, September 4th
By Albert Ching

Jimmy Palimotti talks to CBR News about saying goodbye to Jonah Hex, a character he and Justin Gray have written at DC Comics since 2005.

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SDCC: Spotlight on Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner

Thu, August 14th
By Hannibal Tabu

Comics A.M. - "Kuroko's Basketball" Threat Suspect Admits to Charges

Fri, March 14th
By Brigid Alverson

Palmiotti Brings Superman to "All-Star Western"

Tue, February 4th
By Steve Sunu

THE BAT SIGNAL: Palmiotti Talks "Harley Quinn," Gothopia & Jonah Hex in the Modern DCU

Tue, December 10th
By Josie Campbell

BAT SIGNAL: Palmiotti & Gray Take “Batwing” & “All-Star Western” Through Gotham History

Tue, September 17th
By Kiel Phegley

EXCLUSIVE: Hex Takes On Batwing in "All-Star Western" #21 Cover

Tue, May 28th
By Steve Sunu

EXCLUSIVE: Gold & Hex United In "All-Star Western" #20 Cover

Tue, April 23rd
By Steve Sunu

Palmiotti and Gray Corral The Black Diamond in "All-Star Western"

Wed, November 28th
By Josie Campbell

The Line It Is Drawn: Jonah Hex Tribute To Tony DeZuinga

Thu, May 24th
By CBR News Team

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: "All-Star Western" #9

Mon, May 21st
By CBR News Team

Jonah Hex Co-Creator Tony DeZuniga Passes Away

Fri, May 11th
By CBR News Team

THE OWL SIGNAL: Palmiotti & Gray Explore Owls in "All-Star Western"

Wed, February 15th
By Steve Sunu

Moritat on Comics, Process and Being an "All-Star"

Tue, December 27th
By Alex Dueben

Palmiotti and Gray Hit the Trail with "All-Star Western"

Mon, September 26th
By Josie Campbell

BCC - DC Comics' New 52 Panel

Mon, August 22nd
By Richard Chapell

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEWS: "Jonah Hex," "Superboy"

Wed, July 6th
By CBR News Team

Talking Comics with Jimmy Palmiotti

Tue, July 5th
By CBR News Team

Locked & Loaded: Gray & Costa on the DCU Relaunch

Fri, June 24th
By Jeffrey Renaud

Biography

Jonah Hex

In an industry dominated by super-heroics, the Western genre has always taken second or third seat to the spandex and capes crowd, with one exception: Jonah Hex. The popular antihero was first introduced in 1972 in DC Comics' "All Star Western" #10 and the facially scarred character quickly became the star of the title - which changed to "Weird Western Tales" with issue #12 - dominating page and cover space through issue #38 when he left for his own series, aptly titled "Jonah Hex." Jonah was a rough and tumble mix of contradictions born out of the spaghetti-westerns of director Sergio Leone (which often starred Clint Eastwood). Though created by John Albano and Tony DeZuniga, it was writer Michael Fleisher who became most associated with the character, penning the vast majority of Hex's stories over the course of his initial series' 92 issue run and subsequent appearances.

The first thing you probably notice about Jonah is the scar of melted flesh on the right side of his face, and the story of that scar sets the tone for the character and the series as a whole – one of the harshness of reality and the evil that men do to one another. As a young boy, Jonah accompanied his father across the frontier. Upon reaching Apache territory, Jonah's father sold the young boy into slavery to the Indians for safe passage through their lands. The young Jonah was eventually adopted into the tribe after saving the Chief of the tribe from a mountain lion. Sadly for our young hero, this made the Chief's son jealous. He betrayed Hex and, through manipulation, tricked Jonah into violating a sacred duel. The punishment was to be branded on the face with a heated tomahawk and ejected from the Apache lands.

Jonah's fate seemed set, and he joined the Confederate army in the American Civil War. During his tenure as a soldier, he is credited with accidentally shooting Stonewall Jackson (a wound that led to Jackson's eventual death). Before the war's end, Hex surrendered to Union forces, though he would wear the Confederate gray for the rest of his life.

Hex's life has been traditionally portrayed in short glimpses in the pages of the comics and not always in sequential order. Most often story-arcs take a snapshot of the man during a certain period of his life or at a telling moment. In the pages of "Jonah Hex," the titular character has battled alcoholism, faced his mother's life as a prostitute, fallen in love, and been the victim of betrayal.

Hex has not been without his controversy, with the character's Confederate uniform upsetting those who feel that making a hero out of a southern soldier of the era is racially insensitive and irresponsible. Despite that, the character has proven not only perennially popular with fans, but also remarkably flexible when it comes to building stories around him. While generally rooted in the era of the Wild West, Hex has also traveled to and lived in the far future (as depicted in the 18 issue long "Hex," written by Fleisher) as well as being the titular protagonist in several horror-themed miniseries.

The character's tale features a unique twist in that readers - and Hex himself - actually know the end of his story. As revealed in a Fleisher written comic, after being shot to death during a card game, Hex's corpse was stolen, stuffed, dressed in a garish cowboy outfit and paraded around by a traveling circus.

Jonah Hex is currently undergoing a revival of sorts, having seen over 50 issues of the current Jimmy Palmiotti/Justin Gray co-written series published. The character also appeared in several episodes of the animated "Justice League" series and Josh Brolin will portray the character on the big screen in a feature film set to debut on June 18, 2010. - Brian Eason & Stephen Gerding

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