Over the weekend, as some of you know, Joe Kubert passed away at 85. He was an artist/writer and at one time, DC's director of publications. Either way, the man was phenomenal. As a way to insure that his legend lives on for a least bait longer, I thought it only fitting that blog, of which I'm proud to be a part, should honor him in our own way. He deserves at least an honorable mention. So, here's to Joe, an artist, a writer, a legend, a teacher, an icon, a husband, and most importantly, a father.
Rest in peace, Joe Kubert (1926-2012), you deserve it.
This post is for anyone who wants to share any memories they have of Mr. Kubert's work or any thought regarding his legacy or impact on the comics and art world in general.
Rest in Peace, Joe Kubert.
I remember when it was announced that he was opening a school to train comic book artists and thought how cool would that have been to attend. Legend, pioneer, he will be missed.
Thanks for posting this Jeff!
About three weeks ago, The Kubert School sent me a message on DeviantArt that my page and the characters on it had caught their eye. Unfortunately, they were all commissions and I couldn’t claim any of the art for my own, so I told them where they could find the artists responsible. It was nice to have recognition for that small moment, even if it was just the concept that was mine.
My first memory of Joe Kubert’s art was in 1992’s Punisher: War Zone and later in the back issues of Batman, Hawkman and of course, Sgt. Rock. He was an inspiration to every artist I know and his talent will be missed. His influence on the industry is immeasurable. One of the greats is gone, but we’re all better for having been here during his time and seeing history being made.
Anyway, that’s my 2 cents.
Actually I got Jeff’s permission to post this one, but you’re welcome.
By the way, for future reference, my name’s Andy.
Thanks, Andy! Sorry for the mix up.
When very very young, I used to read my older brothers’ Sgt. Rock comics–and would’ve been pummelled for it if I’d been caught–and I believe (this is all colored by retrospection, of course) that Kubert’s was the first whose style I was able to recognize when I saw it somewhere else (a Tarzan, I think). Before then comics were just comics; generic, homogenous entertainment for my tiny mind rather than the work of artists and writers. Joe’s gritty cross-hatchings and depictions of ultimate badassery must have stood out even back then. RIP, and so nice to have that legacy passed on in his family.
Here’s a neat interview with him from a couple of years ago: