R. A. Jones is a native of Oklahoma (originally Indian Territory) where he still resides. R. A. has been a freelance writer and editor for the past thirty years.
His credits include newspaper and magazine columns, articles and short stories. He has been a movie reviewer and commentator in newspapers and on radio. He assisted actor Gary Lockwood (Star Trek; 2001: A Space Odyssey) in the writing of Lockwood's autobiography, 2001 Memories: An Actor's Odyssey. With Michael Vance, R. A. co-wrote the syndicated comic book and comic strip review column Suspended Animation for five years.
The readers of Comic Buyer's Guide magazine voted him Favorite Writer About Comics in 1985, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection Hall of Fame.
He has scripted more than 100 different issues of various comic book titles in his career. Among the more noteworthy are Wolverine and Captain America for Marvel Comics; Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor for Dark Horse Comics; and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for Malibu Comics. He also co-wrote, for Image Comics, Bulletproof Monk, which served as the basis for the 2003 movie of the same title.
His comic book story, Cold Hard Facts which originally appeared in the magazine Metal Hurlant, was recently shot as a short film in France.
His novels include Deathwalker, Global Star (written with Michael Vance and Mel Fox), The Equation (co-written with Michael Vance) and The Steel Ring, a superhero book based on characters from one of the earliest publishers of comic books, Centaur.