Zachary's father, Jack Johnson, was one of the first African Americans to work in the toy manufacturing industry and design toys for the Whamco Corporation in the 1960s. He was the first Jack-in-the-Box from 1964 to his death in 1983.
His son, Zachary Johnson, owner and CEO of Z.J. Toys, took the identity of Jack-in-the-Box from 1989 until recently.
Due to his wife pregnancy and visitations from three alternate future versions of his to-be-born child, showing him what his son might become if his father kept fighting crime and ultimately die, he left the role to his protege, Roscoe James, active from now on.