Legendary comic book artist , Joe Kubert died on Saturday leaving behind a body of work that has influenced many artist today. His name will definitely carry on not only with with his two sons who are currently two of the top artist working in the industry right now, but with the Joe Kubert School were aspiring artist go to hone their craft.
I will confess that I am not too familiar with his work but as a comic book lover, I felt I had to say at least a few words that about the man that has influenced many. After all, I hold Andy Kubert in my top 5 comic book artist. Joe Kubert was born September 18, 1926 to a Jewish family in a shtetl called Yzeran, in southeast Poland. He emigrated to Brooklyn, NY at age two months with his parents and raised in the East New York neighborhood. He started working in comics at age 12 and was still working as an artist up until his last days.
In 1976, Joe founded The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art which would later be called The Joe Kubert School. His most notable works were with the titles Sgt. Rock, Hawkman and Tarzan. His two sons Andy and Adam are currently working as artist at DC and Marvel comics respectively.
The industry has lost a great artist but with his legacy so strong and enduring, we will always feel his work throughout time as other artist carry on his works.
DC has released official statements:
We are saddened to learn of the death of our colleague and friend Joe Kubert. An absolute legend in the industry, his legacy will live on through his remarkable talent, with his sons and with the many artists who have passed through the storied halls of his celebrated school. An important member of the DC Comics family, Joe made an indelible mark on the entire DC Comics universe including his renowned and award-winning work on iconic characters such as Sgt. Rock, Enemy Ace, Hawkman and most recently Nite Owl. We are so honored to have worked side-by-side with such an unforgettable force in both comics and in life.” – DC Entertainment Executive Team
For those of us who knew him personally, as well as those of us who knew him primarily for his remarkable talent and impact on our industry over the years, Joe Kubert was part of the DC family. On behalf of our executive team, as well as everyone at DC Entertainment who cares about Joe and the whole Kubert family, we send our prayers, our sympathy and our deepest appreciation for everything he’s contributed to comics over the course of his life and career. Until the very end, Joe was creating art that will live on for generations and we will all miss him deeply.” – DC Comics’ Co-Publishers Dan Didio & Jim Lee
We will all miss you Mr. Kubert.
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