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ISSUE NO. 824
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BELOW: The original cover, Weird Western Tales presents Jonah Hex #22.
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In March-April 1977, Jonah Hex got his very own title. The cover of the first issue was slightly censored before publication. The original cover, pictured below left, had Jonah's head oozing a trail of blood on the floor. In the printed version, below right, the pool of blood was eliminated.

This book had a respectable run of 92 issues, ending in August 1985, outlasting its" parent," Weird Western Tales, by five years and 22 issues. Weird Western Tales was cancelled with issue #70, published in August 1980.
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Joe Kubert did a handful of beautiful Hex covers...
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The cover of Jonah Hex #91, by Ed Hannigan and Mark Texeira,
featured an infamously blatant Neal Adams "tribute" [swipe]
that is still ridiculed to this day!
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Hex Legacy
You might think that by now, Jonah Hex would have been long forgotten. But surprisingly, he has not! He's still very much around, in reprints and in other media.

For example, DC's Blue Ribbon Digest presented three issues featuring "Jonah Hex and Other Western Tales," Featuring fully painted covers by Luis Dominguez.
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DC also reprinted classic Jonah Hex stories in two volumes of their black and white Showcase Presents series, with recolored covers by Jose Luiz Garcia Lopez and Tony DeZuniga.
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Original cover art...
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Jonah Hex, Film and TV star

Jonah Hex was never a superstar on the level of Superman and Batman, but these days, it seems like almost EVERY character in comics eventually appears on the small screen -- everyone from Gypsy to Vixen to Black Lightning. And our man Hex is no exception. For a relatively minor western character. He's appeared in a surprising number of movies and TV shows.

Jonah Hex made his television debut on February 20, 2009, in an episode of the animated series Batman Brave and Bold titled "Return of the Fearsome Fangs!" Click the PLAY button below to see a 60-second clip from the cartoon.
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Above and below, the Jonah Hex action figure. This is no mego hack-job, it's a nicely-detailed piece of work, put out in conjunction with the HEX movie. Speaking of which...
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Jonah Hex the movie

In 2010, Jonah Hex (played by Josh Brolin) went to Hollywood, to star in his very own feature film). When the movie was first nnounced, Hex fans rejoiced, and eagerly awaited the movie's premiere. Social media was abuzz with news about the weird western flick, and every new press release and film clip was met with tremendous anticipation. From afar, the movie seemed so good! But then, something happened. The movie came out, and people saw it. People saw it, and people HATED it. People LOATHED it.

Why? Well, for one thing, the movie makers seem to have never read an actual Hex comic, because the movie Hex had almost no relation to the comic Hex. They didn't adapt an existing Hex story, or any PART of an existing Hex story. Instead, they basically adapted the character's look faithfully, but it ended there. The rest of the thing was "original." Original dreck, that is.

Josh Brolin did a credible job playing our hero, so it wasn't his fault. It was probably the fault of he person who decided to give Jonah supernatural super powers. He was given the power to resurrect dead people with a touch. Yes, he was. He really was. Or perhaps it was the fault of the person who thought it would be a good idea to have a full-sized CROW come out of Jonah's mouth at one point. Yes, it did. It really did.

All in all, the JONAH HEX movie was horrendous, absolutely unwatchable, and it bombed, big time. Comic fans hated it, and critics loathed it. Budgeted at about 50 million dollars, it made an embarassingly pitful $10 million at the box-office. There will NOT be a sequel. Thank God.
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Oh, come on Robby, is it really THAT bad? Yes, it is!

In the comic, Jonah was mysterious and all, but he was human, and never had any super powers. In the movie, Jonah has the power to bring people back from the dead with one touch. And in one scene, a big black crow flies out of Jonah's mouth. Yeah. That happened.

If you don't believe me, take a look at the trailer. Although if you're a Hex fan, I must warn you that it might make you physically ill. Do it anyway! Click PLAY below...
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VIDEO CLIP: Jonah Hex movie trailer.

Hex in "DC Legends"

Even though our man Jonah failed big time on the big screen, he wasn't ready to give up on stardom yet. He turned up next on the small screen, in DC's Legends of Tomorrow television series, Things were a lot better this time around, and Jonah even returned for a second appearance on the series. Let's take a lookie...
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That's all, folks! Hex fans know how the character ended up, but since I hate and despise that storyline, we're going to ignore it completely -- and if you don't like that -- STUFF IT!
(Hex in-joke).

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