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Gerard Jones (born July 10, 1957)[1] is an American writer, known primarily for his non-fiction work about American culture and media, and his comic book scripting for various publishers. He was sentenced to six years of imprisonment in 2018 for possession of child pornography.

Gerard Jones
Born (1957-07-10) July 10, 1957 (age 62)
Cut Bank, Montana, US
Genresuperhero comics, non-fiction

Early lifeEdit

Jones was born in Cut Bank, Montana, and raised in the California towns of Los Gatos and Gilroy.[2]


From 1983 to 1988, Jones and Will Jacobs were contributors to National Lampoon magazine. They also wrote The Beaver Papers – a book parodying the TV series Leave It to Beaver – and The Comic Book Heroes: From the Silver Age to the Present. He and Jacobs returned to humorous fiction in 2014 with The Beaver Papers 2 and My Pal Splendid Man.[3]

From 1987 to 2001, Jones wrote comic books for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Viz Media, Malibu Comics, and other publishers, including such series as Green Lantern,[4] Justice League,[5] Prime, Ultraforce, El Diablo, Wonder Man, Martian Manhunter, Elongated Man, The Shadow, Pokémon Adventures, Dragon Ball, Batman, and – with Jacobs – The Trouble with Girls.[6]

Since 1993, Jones has been primarily a writer of non-fiction books, mainly concerning American culture and media, including television comedy (Honey I'm Home), violence in entertainment (Killing Monsters), and comic-book history (Men of Tomorrow). He appears in documentaries including Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman, American Masters: Lucille Ball, and Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

The residence of Jones and his wife is in San Francisco.[7]

Child pornographyEdit

Jones was arrested in December 2016 on charges of distributing and possessing child pornography. His lawyer first entered a plea of "not guilty",[7] but in April 2018 Jones changed his plea to "guilty", admitting that the police had found "numerous electronic devices containing tens of thousands of images and hundreds of videos of child pornography" in his home.[8] In August 2018, Jones was sentenced to six years in prison, followed by a five-year period of supervised release, with an unspecified amount of restitution to be paid to his victims.[8][9]


  • 2005 Eisner Award, Best Comics-Related Book: Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book



  • The Beaver Papers: The Story of the Lost Season (with Will Jacobs, Crown Publishers, 1984, ISBN 978-0-517-54991-9)
  • Honey I'm Home: Sitcoms Selling the American Dream (St. Martin's Griffin, 1993, ISBN 978-0-312-08810-1)
  • The Comic Book Heroes: The First History of Modern Comic Books – From the Silver Age to the Present (with Will Jacobs, Crown Publishing Group 1985, 1996 – revised edition – ISBN 0-517-55440-2 )
  • Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Superheroes and Make-Believe Violence (Basic Books, 2003, ISBN 978-0-465-03696-7)
  • Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book (Basic Books, 2005, ISBN 978-0-465-03657-8)



  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010.
  2. ^ Tobin, Pat (May 14, 2007). "Pat Tobin on a Comics-Related Event at Fordham University on June 2". Archived from the original on October 26, 2007. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Atomic Drop Press. Retrieved on January 8, 2017. Archived from the original on January 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 245. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Writer Gerard Jones and penciller Pat Broderick jump-started the further adventures of Hal [Jordan] and company by beginning Green Lantern's third ongoing series, which would last an impressive 181 issues.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 252: "With the [Justice League] titles spearheaded by Superman mainstay Dan Jurgens, writer Gerard Jones and artists Rick Burchett and Ron Randall jumped on board as well to help revitalize the franchise."
  6. ^ Gerard Jones at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ a b Bodley, Michael (January 7, 2017). "Comic book author suspected of putting child porn on YouTube". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on January 8, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "San Francisco Resident Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Possessing And Distributing Child Pornography". U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  9. ^ "GERARD JONES Sentenced to 6 Years for Child Pornography". Newsarama. Retrieved August 15, 2018.

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Preceded by
James Owsley
Green Lantern writer
Succeeded by
Ron Marz
Preceded by
Dan Vado
Justice League America writer
Succeeded by
Grant Morrison
Preceded by
J. M. DeMatteis
Justice League Europe writer
Succeeded by