Monday, August 13, 2012

In Memorium: Joe Kubert


Comic book artist Joe Kubert, who started a Dover, New Jersey school of cartooning in 1976 [The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art — known internationally as The Kubert School] that cemented his legacy as an industry great, passed away yesterday at the age of eighty-five. Students from all over the world who wanted to make a serious career in the comic book industry have sought training at his school or through correspondence courses that are offered. One day a week, Kubert left his drawing table to teach a class in comic book narrative. He is the father of noted comic book artists Andy and Adam Kubert.

 As a comic book artist, Kubert had a hand in creating Sgt. Rock, a World War II Army soldier that debuted in 1959, as well as the prehistoric Tor, one of the first comics presented in 3-D. He famously drew Hawkman, starting in the 1940s. His long association with DC Comics also produced Viking Prince, The Haunted Tank, Tarzan, Korak, Ragman, and covers for a variety of series and specials. Joe Kubert was one of the last of the true greats, and the Catacombs extends its sincerest condolences to his family, friends and fans.

6 comments:

Mikeyboy said...

It is a sad day indeed to have learned of the passing of a true legend in the business and a master at his craft. A man willing to teach...and teach he did...legions of working pro's are out there who owe Joe a debt of gratitude for giving them a big part of their professional lives.
My condolenses to all his family and friends and former students and professionals - Mikeyboy

Mikeyboy said...

That bottom photo was taken in his boardroom sized office at his school. That picture behind him is actually enormous...It depicts Tarzan and Jane swinging over crocodiles and it is perhaps if memory serves me right about 9 feet by 6 or 7 feet in size. If you stood by the entrance door to the room you'd see it on the wall directly ahead of you

HEH said...

Joe Kubert was amazing. His war covers were exciting and intense to me. As a kid, his covers stood out on the comics stands at the Alameda Naval Base PX. There was one which featured soldiers on a raft navigating through mines and sharks!

Rest in peace, Joe Kubert. You will be missed.

HEH said...

Joe Kubert was amazing. His war covers were exciting and intense to me. As a kid, his covers stood out on the comics stands at the Alameda Naval Base PX. There was one which featured soldiers on a raft navigating through mines and sharks!

Rest in peace, Joe Kubert. You will be missed.

Chuck Wells said...

In case you guys didn't know it, actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. has also died. He starred in the long running series "The F.B.I." starting back in the mid-1960s, and later provided the voice of loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth in Batman: The Animated Series (and a multitude of animated spin-offs) beginning in the 1990s. Rest in peace!

Mikeyboy said...

Ron Palillo and Carlo Rambaldi also passed away...