Also Credited As: Flaesc, Dragan - 'Hal Jones'
Hal Jones was introduced to comics by his cousins at a very early age, and, since he was already drawing by the age of two, he naturally started drawing super heroes; primarily Batman and Superman. He was 2 1/2 years old. He went on to collect about 6,000 comics until the mid 1970's when he discovered (through the 'discovery' of Neil Adams, Berni Wrightson and Frank Frazetta) art and started paring his collection down until only his favorite artists were left. He then focused on refining his own characters he had created in childhood and came up with a super-hero universe of his own. He sold his first comic story to cat ironwode at Eclipse for Tales of Terror in 1985 but it was in the next year that he finally saw his characters, The Solar Knight, The Crimehater and the Equalizers start to take form in Alternate Heroes at Sirius Comics' Prelude Graphics. However, Prelude went under in the Great Comic Glut and Hal hooked up with John Stephenson at Blackthorne Comics and worked with Bruce Jones Adrian Morrow, Donnie Jupiter, and Dave Stevens (cover, Issue #1. Hal did the cover to #2 and Donnie #3) to produce the first two issues of Jungle Comics featuring Sheena: Queen of the Jungle in a short run that was lackluster at best, yet contained some good drawing that showed Hal's potential. However, his relationship with Blackthorne soon spoiled over finances and Hal, disenchanted with the industry, stopped producing comics for a couple of years. But he didn't stop developing. While he was working with Blackthorne he came up with an idea based around his character Jamie Masters, The Crimehater, called Beyond Human. This rendition was developed to be a darker, more intense, more "real" version of the Alternate Heroes character. And the story quickly began to grow. Hal was saved in 1987 and started walking with Jesus Christ again and this relationship began to show in his work all during the 1990's. In 1995, Hal popped up again with an independently published first issue (Issue #0) for Beyond Human which sold out through Diamond and Hal was turning away orders when he ran out of comics. In 1997, he published the digest sized Graven Images Redeemed, an anthology with editorial material and comic stories and Christian comic art. G.I.R. featured many Christian talents of the day and commented on many more. However, a lack of interest lead Hal to abandon the project. He continued to work on Beyond Human, however, he branched out into music and other time-consuming endeavors that kept him from dedicating to his comic work. That all changed in 2003 when Hal Started working on Beyond Human again, this time in the evolved, massive story it became after the 1995 comic, turning it into a long graphic novel.
That graphic novel is currently running on www.haljonesbeyondhuman.com. Most of his comic work today revolves around BH, but Hal also does other art for independent comic producers from time to time as he has done from the beginning of his art career.
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Hal Jones lives in Odenville, Alabama with his wife, Kelly. He has one grown son, Stephen. Another son, Geoffrey, passed in 2010.
Hal takes on commissions from time to time and works in pencil, inks, acrylics, watercolors and oils.