— Copyright Dorothy Sloan 2013 —
Illustrated Texas History by an Underground Legend
193. [JACKSON, Jack]. (Jaxon, pseud.). Lot of three graphic comics:
White Comanche: A Picture Narrative about Cynthia Ann Parker and her 25 Year Captivity among the Comanche Indians, Lords of the Southern Plains. Written and Illustrated by Jaxon [pseudonym]. Berkeley: Last Gasp, 1977.  pp. 8vo, original multicolored pictorial wrappers. Paper lightly browned, else fine.
Red Raider [wrapper title]. Berkeley: Last Gasp, 1977.  pp. 8vo, original multicolored pictorial wrappers. Paper lightly browned, else fine.
Blood on the Moon [wrapper title]. Berkeley: Last Gasp, 1978.  pp. 8vo, original multicolored pictorial wrappers. Paper lightly browned, else fine.
First editions. Original issues of Jackson’s illustrated histories telling the story of Cynthia Ann Parker, one of the legendary figures in all captivity lore. See Handbook of Texas Online: Cynthia Ann Parker. These three issues were later anthologized and edited into the graphic novel Comanche Moon.
Jack Jackson (a.k.a. “Jaxon”) was an extraordinarily talented illustrator, who combined that talent with his deep respect for his native Texas to create historical works of lasting value. Jackson was born in 1941 in Pandora, Texas, and attended the University of Texas. After creating an early underground comic titled “God’s Nose” (printed secretly in the basement of the Texas State Capitol), he migrated to San Francisco in 1966 and by 1969 had co-founded Rip Off Press, which became an internationally known publisher of underground comics and the counterculture's printer of choice.
By the late 1970s, Jackson had returned to Austin, where he produced comics about Texas history, including the titles listed in this lot. However, Jackson’s writing efforts were not restricted to comics and, as an independent scholar, he created a number of historical works, ranging from an overview of Spanish ranching in Texas to cartographic histories of the Gulf Coast. In fact, his deep interest in cartography resulted in two of his most respected and exquisite publications, both issued in deluxe limited editions: Flags Along the Coast: Charting the Gulf of Mexico, 1519-1759 (Austin: The Book Club of Texas, 1995) and Shooting the Sun: Cartographic Results of Military Activities in Texas, 1689-1892 (Austin: The Book Club of Texas, 1998).
Jackson passed in 2006 and we offer these insightful and entertaining comics out of respect for his enduring legacy within Texas arts and letters.
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