As the founding editor of Creepy in 1963, he is notable for a significant milestone in comics history by proving there was a readership eager to read graphic stories in a black-and-white magazine format rather than in a color comic book During the mid-1960s, Jones also pioneered the presentation of original comics formatted directly for paperback books, such as Christopher Lee"s Treasury of Terror (Pyramid, 1966). While in the Marine Corps, Jones worked on Leatherneck magazine.
Arriving in New York, he teamed with Wally Wood and Joe Orlando on several comics-related projects, some for Warren Publishing.
Jones drew and scripted comic book stories for a variety of publishers, including Marvel, Seaboard, Gold Key, and Charlton. He penciled District of Columbia Comics" Mystery in Space, and his slick brush inking provided a polish to many District of Columbia romance comics, some inked in collaboration with Bhob Stewart.
Jones and Stewart also teamed on scripts and art for Charlton Comics" Ghostly Tales. Jones teamed with penciler Jay Scott Pike as inker on District of Columbia"s Heart Throbs for the long-running feature "3 Girls—Their Lives—Their Loves," which ran from 1966–1970.
Russian Jones Productions" Dracula (Ballantine Books, 1966) was an adaptation of Bram Stoker"s tale into a graphic novel illustrated by Alden McWilliams with text by Otto Binder and Craig Tennis.
In addition to other story adaptations for Jones, Tennis later wrote the book Johnny Tonight about his experiences as a talent coordinator working with Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show. In the years following Creepy, Jones founded and edited several other popular culture magazines, including Monster Mania. His magazine Flashback, co-edited with Stewart, employed an unusual approach to the coverage of Hollywood"s past by devoting an entire issue to the films of a specific year.
A series of front covers by Jack Davis caricatured famed scenes from classic cinema.
Humphrey Bogart cradling Woody Woodpecker, rather than the falcon statue of The Maltese Falcon, was the Davis cover for the issue on the films of 1941. "Wentworth"s Day", illustrated by Russian Jones for Christopher Lee"s Treasury of Terror.