Monday, August 13, 2012

Joe Kubert: 1926 - 2012

Many of you will know the name Joe Kubert, but a lot of you won't. In short, nothing that anyone can write will ever come close to capturing the might and majesty that was Joe Kubert. He was an artist of the highest calibre, and one who gave back to the comic art community with the formation of the Kubert School which has, arguably, seen more artists graduate and go on to have illustrious careers in both comic books and advertising art than any other institution of it's type over the same time frame.

Joe was there at the most pivotal times of the creation of comic books - he helped launch what we now know as the Silver Age of comics and his stellar work on Sgt Rock and Hawkman helped define a genre, not to mention his stunning work on Enemy Ace.  Joe was an artist who was utterly unique in the industry - his style was so fascinating and so singular that people didn't try to emulate him because, simply, nobody could come close to drawing like Joe.  People could, and would, swipe the likes of Kirby and even Eisner, but there was no swiping Joe Kubert, and rightly so - you can't improve on perfection, and with Joe, not a line was wasted.  In the 1950s and 1960s, when DC Comics was going for a house style, Joe bucked the trend, simply because his style was better.  And it didn't matter where he worked, or what he did - Joe Kubert always stood out and left people wanting more.

In the coming days you'll read a lot of obits that will be more about the person writing them than they will be about Joe. In the end it comes down to this - when the histories of comic books are written Joe's name always looms larger than most, and rightly so. 

Vale Joe Kubert - one of the best there ever was, and one of the most stylish artists there ever will be.


James Howell said...

Daniel, I completely agree with everything you stated. The word giant is used far too often to describe people that work in the comics field. Kubert was a giant that worked among mortal men. There is a big, empty, hole in the industry today. One that can never be filled.

Barry Pearl said...


This saddens me more than I can tell. We have lost giants recently including Robinson, Severin and Simon. They are almost all gone, the people who created this industry.