J.G. Jones on Doc Savage, “Dust to Dust” and why he couldn’t finish “Final Crisis”

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Newsarama’s posted up a cool interview with J.G. Jones, where he talks about his upcoming writing gig on Doc Savageand his affinity for the character. He also mentions he’s co-written a graphic novel, Dust to Dust, about a small town plagued by a series of murders during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s (the murderer’s actually using the Dust Bowl to cover his tracks). It’ll be published by DC and J.G. will also be drawing it, so keep your eyes out for that. As a big fan of J.G.’s art in Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia and his cover art for 52 (and yes, I do plan on buying Wanted), I’m excited to see what he comes up with.

J.G. also talks about why he couldn’t finish drawing “Final Crisis.” When he announced he wouldn’t be able to finish the art on the series, I just figured it was because penciling a massive DC Universe crossover was just a bit too much to draw in the time J.G. had to do it in. However, this recent interview from Newsarama reveals that it was actually do to health issues. J.G. was beginning to suffer from the effects of polycythemia vera, a rare blood disease in which your bone marrow creates too many platelets and red blood cells, which leads to other complications, so he had to back away from doing interiors for a while. Thankfully, he’s been getting treatment for the disease and is feeling much better. He’s even getting married soon; congrats, J.G.!

J.G.’s run on Doc Savage begins in April with issue #13. It’ll be drawn by Qing Ping Mui: here’s an example of his art. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with. Here’s to J.G.’s improving health!

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One Response to “J.G. Jones on Doc Savage, “Dust to Dust” and why he couldn’t finish “Final Crisis””

  1. davidry214 Says:

    I certainly wish JG all the best. I’ve always loved his covers. I’m not as big of a fan of his interior stuff as some, but he certainly has talent. That’s crazy/scary about his blood disorder. Glad he seems better now.

    I’ve never actually read any Doc Savage stuff and am pretty unfamiliar with the character. Dust to Dust sounds like it could be pretty cool in a quasi-noir kind of way. I’ll keep an eye out for that.

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