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JONAH HEX: Mark of the Demon

JONAH HEX: Mark of the Demon
"Problem is, every town's got a tough guy with aspirations a' bein' a gunfighter. An' in every town I meet one of them fellas, there's a fresh grave and a sad momma cryin' nights 'bout her poor dead son. You boys wouldn't wanna make yer mommas cry now, would ya?"
--Jonah Hex

Jonah Hex is a Western DC Comics antihero created by writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga. Hex is a surly and cynical bounty hunter whose face is horribly scarred on the right side. Despite his poor reputation and personality, Hex is bound by a personal code of honor to protect and avenge the innocent. His first full-story appearance was in volume two of All-Star Western #10 (February–March 1972).

First Appearance

The story of Jonah Hex's facial injuries started when he was sold into slavery by his father to some Apache for safe passage. Jonah eventually saved the chief's life from a mountain lion and was made an honorary member of the tribe. He was soon betrayed by the envious son of the chief while on a raid. He returned to challenge him in a sacred tomahawk battle, but the chief's son sabotaged Jonah's tomahawk. Jonah used his knife in self-defense when the tomahawk broke. The tribe saw this as breaking the rules of the sacred battle and sentenced Jonah to wear the mark of the demon by pressing a searing hot tomahawk to his face. They said his honorary relationship to the chief was the only thing that saved him from death.

Jonah Hex would later join the United States Army as a cavalry scout. By 1861, the country was radically divided on issues of slavery and Southern rights. When war erupted between the Northern states and the South, Jonah shifted his loyalties to the newly formed Confederate army and enlisted as a lieutenant in the 4th cavalry. Ironically, Hex, a former slave, now found himself fighting to preserve the very institution that he had been a victim of.

Jonah would later surrender to the Union forces at Fort Charlotte. Jonah's platoon is subsequently captured and then slaughtered during an attempted escape known as the Fort Charlotte Massacre. Jonah is accused by the survivors of being a turncoat.

Jonah Hex would then use his skills as a bounty hunter, first tracking some of his old confederate buddies.

In an unusual turn of events Jonah Hex find himself transported to the year 2050, his adventures here are told in the Hex comicbook series. He would later return to his own timeline

Jonah Hex's death is told to be from a gun shot during a card game. His corpse was stolen, stuffed, mounted, and dressed in a ridiculous singing cowboy costume, then put on display in a traveling circus. The circus owner was eventually murdered and Jonah's body was stolen yet again. It would pass through various hands before finally being acquired by the restaurant Planet Krypton.

Body of Jonah Hex displayed

During the Blackest Night event Jonah Hex was one of the dead who was found by a Black Lantern ring and was revived as a member of the Black Lantern Corps.

Jonah Hex might be dead but he definitely has more untold tales that needs to be revealed.

DC Animated Universe (Timmverse)
Jonah Hex has appeared in animated form, first in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Showdown" voiced by William McKinney. Ra's al Ghul tells Batman the story of Jonah Hex hunting for Arkady Duvall, son of Ra's al Ghul in the late 19th century.

Hex's second DCAU appearance was in the Justice League Unlimited episode, "The Once and Future Thing Part 1: Weird Western Tales" voiced by Adam Baldwin. Jonah makes reference to his Hex-era adventures by guessing that Batman, Wonder Woman, and John Stewart are time travelers; when Batman asks why Hex thinks that, Jonah replies "Experience. I've had an interesting life." Hex's appearance in "Showdown" took place in 1883, while in "The Once and Future Thing Part 1: Weird Western Tales", the year was 1879. The Jonah Hex of "Showdown" looked considerably older than his later appearance despite only four years difference, although this may have been the result of the corruption of the timestream.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Jonah Hex appears in the teaser of Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Return of the Fearsome Fangs" voiced by Phil Morris. He was caught by a western version of the Royal Flush Gang, who plan to pull him apart. Batman frees him, and they take out the gang. He gives Batman a gold coin for his efforts, telling him to get himself "a proper cowboy hat". He next appears in "Duel of the Double Crossers". In this episode, Jonah is kidnapped by Mongul in order to hunt down Batman for Mongul's Warworld while riding a robot horse. Jonah & Batman join forces to battle Mongul, but Mongul's time machine is destroyed and Jonah stays in the present day for now. He later rides off with Lashina riding behind him. He also appears in "The Siege of Starro! Part One". He and Cinnamon stop the Western Royal Flush Gang from robbing a bank in the flashback.

DC Showcase: Jonah Hex
DC Showcase in Batman: Under the Red Hood DVD included an animated short of Jonah Hex, Hex was voiced by Thomas Jane.

Josh Brolin
A live action movie was released on June 18, 2010. It stars Josh Brolin as Jonah Hex and John Malkovich as Quentin Turnbull. It was produced by Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, and Weed Road Pictures.

Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.

Jonah Hex was by all accounts human and did not possess any superhuman powers.

AbilitiesJonah Hex was an expert bounty hunter and skilled in the ways of tracking and survival. In the Confederate army, he was trained in the use of firearms and hand-to-hand combat. He is widely considered the greatest bounty hunter to ever live in his lifetime. During his tenure in the 21st century, Jonah Hex developed automotive skills and expertise in using futuristic weaponry.

Strength levelHex is stronger than the average man in his time, due to his fighting experience and harsh training as a child.

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