Sunday, August 12, 2012

Joe Kubert R.I.P.

Legendary creator Joe Kubert passed away on August 12, 2012 at the age of 85. To call his contribution to comics extraordinary is an understatement. Kubert's impact on the medium can be measured not only in his own work as an artist, writer, and editor but also as a father to his sons Adam and Andy, two of finest and most commercially successful comic books artists in the business, and as a teacher to thousands of students at his Kubert School.

Bill Schelly, author of the Man of Rock: A Biography of Kubert, aptly noted that his career literally spans the history of American comics. He began drawing comics professionally in 1938 at the age of 11 just as Superman made his debut in Action Comics no. 1, and continued to be one of the most influential creators in comics until his death, with a body of work in mainstream and independent comic titles that is loved by fans and critics alike.

Kubert is best known for his definitive runs on DC’s war comics, GI Combat, Our Army at War, Sgt. Rock, Enemy Ace, and the Haunted Tank, as well as superhero titles like Hawkman and his adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs property Tarzan. During the span of his 70+ year career in comics, he worked as an artist, writer, and editor on many of the leading titles for every major publisher in the business.

In 1976, he founded the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, the first and only accredited school devoted solely to the art of cartoon graphics. The Kubert School has produced many of the most successful comic artists in the business today, including Scott Kolins, Alex Maleev, Tom Mandrake, Rags Morales, John Totelben, Rick Veitch, Thom Zahler, as well as Kubert’s sons Adam and Andy and many others.

Kubert's most recent project was DC's Before Watchmen: Nite Owl alongside his son Andy and his remarkable body of work will be a source of joy and inspiration to generations of fans and creators in the future.

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