RIP: Joe Kubert

Joe Kubert died today. He was 85. One of the great masters of comics art and a staple at DC Comics. I have a lot of memories of his work growing up. I didn’t appreciate his art when I was a kid but I grew to appreciate it as I got older. His Kubert school trained a lot of comics professionals over the years, some of them are friends of mine. He was a great gut from all accounts. I only met hi once but he was very warm and friendly to me and offered to let me do a class at his school if I ever visited, which was really nice of him.

I wish I had taken him up on the offer. Anyway, the world of comics has lost another great artist.

Steve Bissette was going to do a interview on Wednesday but he will be at the Kubert funeral. We’re hoping to talk on Thursday. He can tell us all about it.

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  1. I think like several other recent passed away creators, Joe Kubert is generally not appreciated by today’s fans. His most recognized work was published well ahead of the current era and is generally not in print or his art style is not in vogue. Take your pick… The same was true for Jack Kirby when he died.
    It’s a darn shame because in many ways the work he did is superior to most artists today. It’s also sad because much of the work has been “invalidated” or is not in-continuity because of the million or so retcons DC has performed on its fictional universe since 1985. The Silver Age Hawkman, for instance, doesn’t even exist anymore — hasn’t for over 20 years now(!) — and DC editorial decided the Hawk marriage was TOO stable to be as well.
    His sons have been generally accepted by collectors but ironically they’ve worked mostly for Marvel since as long as I can remember.
    For the moment, I think Kubert will be best-remembered for his art school. In the long run, a better assessment of his work is in order and his impact on the medium. It’s debatable whether his Sgt. Rock or Hawkman is the better work (or better-known). As far as his more recent work is concerned, he seemed to favor Rock and was very sympathetic to the average army grunt… Eisner, for that matter, was also sympathetic to the average soldier and did a lot of work for the military over the course of his decades-long career.

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