Monday, August 13, 2012

Joe Kubert, RIP

Another legend was lost.  Joe Kubert died on August 12, 2012, he was 85 years old.

My first exposure to Joe's work was Justice League of America 200.  In it the original members of the League are mind controlled to fight the newer members.  Each match up was illustrated by a different artist.   Joe Kubert drew Hawkman vs. Superman:

Hawkman wins by style points alone.

Joe is probably most famous for his work not only for creating the Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl, he is also very well known for his work on Sgt. Rock, and of course his art school which I used to see ads for all the time in comics.  Joe had a wonderfully gritty art style which was well suited to the grim environment of WWII:

Joe also worked on such titles as Enemy Ace and The Unknown Soldier, among other titles such as Tarzan and Tor.  In a world filled with comics consisting of men with outrageous physical features and women with impossible measurements, Joe's art is a refreshing change, making you believe normal men too could rise and become heroes.  A more comprehensive history can be found here.  Joe Kubert has left an enduring mark on comics, he has my appreciation.

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