Jonah Hex


Josh Brolin: "I Would Do 'Jonah Hex' Again"

Wed, June 8th
By CBR News Team

Reflecting on the critically-panned and financially unsuccessful "Jonah Hex," Brolin said he doesn't regret starring in the film.

"DC's Legends of Tomorrow" Recap: A Faithful Jonah Hex Contends With Western Goofiness On "The Magnificent Eight"

Thu, April 14th
By Dan Caffrey

Johnathon Schaech's makes a suitably intense Jonah Hex, but clashes with the Western campiness on a tonally uneven episode


"DC's Legends of Tomorrow" Reveals Rip Hunter's Connection to Jonah Hex

Thu, April 14th
By Dan Caffrey

Jonah Hex Boards the Waverider, Catches Rip Hunter Off Guard in "Legends of Tomorrow" Clip

Thu, April 14th
By CBR News Team

Schaech's Jonah Hex Teaches "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" About Western Justice

Thu, April 14th
By Bryan Cairns

EXCLUSIVE: "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" Clip Brings Law to the Wild West

Thu, April 14th
By Stephen Gerding

The "Legends of Tomorrow" Crash Jonah Hex's Turf in New "Magnificent Eight" Promo

Thu, April 7th
By Anthony Couto

First Plot Details of Jonah Hex's "Legends of Tomorrow" Debut

Wed, March 23rd
By Albert Ching

"The Flash" Recap: Earth-2 is a Place of Dreams, Nightmares, and Legends

Tue, February 9th
By Lauren Gallaway

"Flash" Teases DC TV Future, Retro Continuity with Multiple Surprise Cameos

Tue, February 9th
By Anthony Couto

Guggenheim Calls "Legends of Tomorrow" a 'Love Letter to the DCU,' Defines 'Mystic' "Arrow" S4

Tue, January 19th
By Jonah Weiland

"DC's Legends of Tomorrow" Finds Its Jonah Hex in Johnathon Schaech

Tue, January 19th
By Meagan Damore

COMIC REEL: "Agent Carter's" "Power Couple" Hints At Madame Masque; Liv Looks For Love In "iZombie" Promo

Wed, January 13th
By Brett White

Jonah Hex To Appear In "Legends Of Tomorrow's" Old West Adventure

Tue, January 12th
By Brett White

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

Thu, October 16th
By Ben Kaye

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

Thu, September 4th
By Albert Ching

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


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