Gerard Jones (Author, The Comic Book Heroes)
6.20 – Aliens & Superheroes (8.22.14)
Gerard Jones is an American writer, born July 10, 1957 in Cut Bank, Montana, raised in Los Gatos and Gilroy, California. He currently resides in San Francisco, where he is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.1
He is not to be confused with another writer of the same name, born in Michigan in 1942 and living in Oregon, author of Ginny Good and creator of the “Everyone Who’s Anyone” website.2
Author of Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book (2004), winner of the Eisner Award; Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Superheroes and Make-Believe Violence (2002), and Honey I’m Home: Sitcoms Selling the American Dream (1993).3 His next book, tentatively entitled “The Undressing of America,” will be coming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2008.
From 1989 to 2001 he also wrote many comic books for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Viz Media, Malibu Comics and other publishers, including Green Lantern, Justice League, Prime, Ultraforce, El Diablo, Wonder Man, Elongated Man, The Shadow, Pokémon, and Batman.4
Coauthor with Will Jacobs of The Beaver Papers (1983), The Comic Book Heroes (1985, 1996) and the comic book The Trouble with Girls (1987-1993). From 1983 to 1988 Jacobs and Jones were contributors to National Lampoon magazine.
He appears in Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman, American Masters: Lucille Ball, and other documentaries. 
The Comic Book Heroes begins with that first issue of the Flash, an event that would alter American pop culture forever. It’s the story both of the superheroes and their all-too-human creators. From “the avuncular chipmunk,” Julius Schwartz, to Todd McFarlane and his bloody Spawn, the writers, artists, and editors have cast the heroes for generations of American kids in the mold of their own personalities and inner struggles.
From the Flash’s 1956 debut until his death in 1986, from the relevance movement of the `70s to the ultra-violence of the `90s, and from the kid-driven market of the past to the speculator-driven market of the present, The Comic Book Heroes shows how America has changed since the `50s—and makes some provocative points about what America’s kids are reading today.
Completely revised and updated from the 1985 edition, The Comic Book Heroes is the most complete, engaging, and opinionated history of comics ever. Mind-blowingly detailed, breathtakingly informative, and fascinating reading, this is the one history of comics you absolutely must have!