Remembering Joe Kubert (1926-2012)
Hello Readers…this feature, we honor the life and passing of the comic book industry’s biggest pioneers and legends, Joe Kubert. What we can say to begin with, this gentleman, comic art scholar, teacher, and creator molded the backdrop for several of comic book legend’s most remembered characters and was a driving force of many an aspiring artist and comic character creator from the mid-20th century until present. We, at Comic Book Therapy pay a salute to the man, legend, and influence, along with a heartfelt testimony by Kubert School Graduate/ Evil Robo Productions CEO, Eric Schock.
Joe Kubert, an American comic art legend, born September 18, 1926 in Southeast Poland, and emigrated with his parents to Brooklyn, New York. It has been reputed in his Graphic Novel Yossel, that Kubert began his career at the surprisingly young age of 12 years old. His first work was in cartooning for comic books… From there on, his love of the art grew as he attended Manhattan’s High School of Music and Art. His burgeoning career gradually took flight as he worked for such legendary studios as Fox Comics, working on Blue Beetle (in its Pre-DC days), as well as others like Quality Comics (working coloring on Will Eisner’s The Spirit), Harvey Comics, and others.
His mainstay though would eventually be on companies All-American and DC Comics. Kubert went to serve many hats for artwork production and management from there on. But two of his most famous testimonial creations were of his originals Hawkman and Sargeant Rock, published through DC Comics exclusively.
Fast forward onto present day, Kubert maintained as a prime influential figure in the comic book industry and even started with his own art school, the Kubert School (formerly known as The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art or Joe Kubert School) a technical institute in Dover, New Jersey, where students of comic art and graphic design, pace a three-year venue learning the concepts of art and design in the comics industry as well as commercial/graphic art the same. His amazing work over the course of these decades gave him the honored inductions into the Harvey Awards’ Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1998.
Joe Kubert sadly passed away as of August 12, 2012 due to complications of multiple myeloma, a month short of his 86th birthday. His legacy continues through the eyes of his two sons, Adam and Andy Kubert(whom both have become successful comic book artists in their own right) and his many proteges, students, and graduates of his school. Rest In Peace Joe, you did great! We will all miss your amazing talent and influence on comics.
The Comic Archive bit on Joe Kubert’s work process.
Afterword thoughts with EVIL ROBO Productions/Kubert School Graduate, Eric Schock:
“Joe Kubert was many things, he was a comic creator, a teacher, a father, but, to most he was a force of nature. When he spoke, his words where like that of a seasoned war general. He was in the trenches before many of the greats in the industry. He taught so many, gave so much to the field, inspired people, and made many an artist.
Speaking of such, I was one of the many that had the opportunity to have the grace of learning from this master, he was a legend. For me he was Sgt. Rock when he spoke to us in class, we where the new battalion he was training for a war, he made us ready to take on any challege, any situation that could arise. I was honored to attend the Joe Kubert School, and I honor his legacy with doing what he taught me…draw comics.
Thank you, Joe. You will live forever in the hearts, and minds of your students.”
The Comic Archive bit on Joe Kubert at his desk and office.
“If you are not behind your desk, you are not learning a damn thing.” – Joe Kubert
A legend indeed…