Top Fives Joneses
Top Five Month (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far) continues with a three-part take on “Keeping Up With the Joneses” by looking at the top five comic book artists, writers and comic book characters with the last name of Jones.
Today we look at the top five artists with the last name of Jones!
He did a number of good fill-in issues during the 1990s (the above cover is by Kitson – Jones did the interiors)
Leif Jones wrote and drew a neat little indie vampire comic some time ago. Man, if he were doing that in, say, 2008, imagine how much press he’d get for it!! He has been working in the industry ever since and he has gotten even better since those days!
Jones is a particularly good storyteller. His Batman Strikes work was really fluid, dynamic stuff.
Malcolm Jones III
Jones had a compelling darkness to his work. Sadly, he took his own life in 1996.
Nat Jones has a particular affinity for horror comics – he is also a strong designer.
Arvell Jones was a strong artist for Marvel and DC for many years before the comic industry lost him to the TV business, although he returned for a bit to do a stint on Kobalt for Milestone Comics.
5. Jeffrey Catherine Jones
I thought of Jones as more of a fantasy painter than a comic artist, but I guess she really did do enough comics work to qualify for this list, so my apologies for leaving her off the list. As strictly a painter, she would rival the top spot period. On just her comic work, she’s still a top five artist easily.
4. Joëlle Jones
Joëlle Jones is an amazing artist and she is only getting better – she might very well be #1 on the list in a few years!! Her most notable talents are in the dynamic layouts and expressive character work that she does. She’s awesome.
3. Kelley Jones
This is a tough one. I like Kelley Jones a lot – I dig his over-the-top designs and crazy exaggerated anatomy, so he has a GREAT case for #2 on the list. I dunno, though, perhaps it is a personal bias., but whatever the case…
2. Casey Jones
I just think that Casey Jones is such an underrated talent that I’m giving him this spot. He is a brilliant storyteller and I like how varied he makes his characters – you can really feel the personality of each person in his works. I wish he did more comic book work.
1. J.G. Jones
Jones is just brilliant period.
That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!