Comics Legend Joe Kubert Passes Away

12 08 2012

There are few bigger names in the history of comics than Joe Kubert. His name is up there with artists like Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko… and rightly so. It would be difficult to say that he was most known for a particular character or series, because of his longevity and expansive body of work.

His artwork was distinctive and instantly recognizable, whether working on a super hero book like Hawkman, the jungle-based adventures of Tarzan, or the World War II tales of Sgt. Rock. His lengthy career began in the early 1940s, working for small publishers like Quality and Fox comics, before moving on to DC where he would build his reputation as one of the best in the business. His association with DC would continue on and off through the 1970s and beyond.

In 1976, he and his wife would found The Kubert School, originally the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover, New Jersey. The Kubert school is the first and only school devoted exclusively to training artists in comics, sequential art, and cartooning. Alumni of the school include some of the best in the business, such as Stephen Bissette, Alex Maleev, Karl Kesel, Steve Lieber, Timothy Truman, Jan Duursema, Scott Kolins, Dan Parent, Eric Shanower, Alec Stevens, Tom Raney, Rick Veich, Tom Mandrake, Adam Warren, and Kubert’s own sons, Andy and Adam.

One of Kubert’s signature accomplishments came late in his career, when he won both an Eisner and a Harvey Award for the graphic novel Fax From Sarajevo. It is very telling that Kubert, who had a career that spanned over 60 years, continued to work both at the Kubert School and on mainstream comic book work until the time of his demise. He most recently was collaborating with his son Adam on the art for the currently running Before Watchmen: Nite Owl for DC Comics.

Joe Kubert, a legend in the comic book industry and an influence on untold numbers of artists, passed away today at age 85. He will be greatly missed.

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