Transgender comics artist and fantasy illustrator Jeffrey Catherine Jones died Thursday at 67, reports Comic Book Resources.
Born Jeffrey Jones 1944, the artist celebrated a long career whose highlights included a 1970s run doing cover paintings for major fantasy novels like Fritz Leiber's "Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser" and a number of comics including "Idyl" for "National Lampoons" and "I'm Age" for "Heavy Metal."
Some of my early memories come from about the age of 4 or 5. By then I knew I wanted to be a girl. Maybe I was born with a kind of gender inversion-- some call it a birth defect. I know nothing of these things. I do know that my identification has always been with females-- in books, movies, art and life. My best friends have always been female and I have always been exclusively physically attracted to females.
Jones began her transition in 1998 at age 54:
In August of that year I decided to stop the denial and start living as a woman. In October I finally obtained the name of and saw the leading expert on the subject-- the New York endocrinologist who wrote and rewrote the book. After extensive tests, both mental and physical, I started hormonal gender re-assignment therapy.