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ISSUE NO. 823

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At one time, DC considered putting out a Jonah Hex newspaper "cartoon" series intended to run in daily papers and on Sundays. The regular Hex artists were all busy doing the monthly comic, so the publisher hired another artist for the strip. But who to get?

Spoiled by the like of Tony DeZuniga and Jose Garcia-Lopez, Hex fans were used to an insane level of realistic period detail. Very few artists were capable of this-- but one who WAS was the great Russ Heath. Here's Heath's "demo" Hex strip...

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Above is the entire strip, and
below, the same strip, panel by panel...
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BELOW: Hex portrait by Russ Heath
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To my mind, Russ Heath is one of the most under-rated artists to ever work in the industry. Fans, myself included, are so busy lionizing Kirby and Neal Adams, that Heath gets forgotten. We'll take care of that in future issues of Dial B, but for now, we're doing westerns. Anyway, have you ever seen or heard Russ Heath? Well, if you click PLAY below, you will!
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VIDEO CLIP: Russ Heath on art training (13 seconds),

Jonah Hex Satire

Years ago, DC published a fan magazine called The Amazing World of DC Comics. The 13th issue of this magazine-sized, black and white publication featured a Jonah Hex satire by character co-creators John Albano and Tony DeZuniga. Here's the complete (very funny) story, all four pages...
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ABOVE: Jonah Hex by Rich Corben

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Hex goes Hollywood!
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