Pencils Down; Joe Kubert Has Passed Away (8/12/2012)

And sadly another great one has left us. This afternoon the world lost the legendary artist Joe Kubert who has passed away at age 86. According to reports, the artist had been hospitalized for about a month. While I realize that this was not a musician who passed and would normally find me posting the notice in our “When The Music Died” category, it is without question that his artwork sang to all illustrators and was a veritable symphony of creative power.

Mr. Kubert was actually born in Poland, but his family moved to good old Brooklyn when he was only a few months old. He had been drawing since very, very young according to his Wikipedia entry but for me it was not until he began working on DC Comics titles that I learned of his mastery. Kubert is most notable for his work on Sgt. Rock, Hawkman and The Haunted Tank. He also created the enigmatic Ragman with Robert Kanigher. I really enjoyed that strange hero and still have all the original issues in my collection. He had a thrilling character called Tor which was set in primitive times and even had a hand in The Viking Prince title for awhile. It was great stuff for sure. Joe Kubert was not only famous for working on these characters, but also for starting The Kubert School and for being the father of Adam and Andy Kubert who are both very popular artists in their own right.

As a lifelong comic book fan, we want to send sympathy and condolences to his family, friends and worldwide fans. Thank you Joe for everything you gave to us. Fans might want to hit up to see what they can find in terms of compiled works. I know that there are several dedicated to Kubert’s art and characters.

Learn more about his life via his Wikipedia entry HERE.

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