Joe Kubert, one of the most famous Comic artist ever, passed away on August 12th 2012. He wasn’t only a giant among comic artist, but he also started his ‘Kubert School’ which was devoted to teaching the art of creating comics. He gained early fame for his work on the comic Sgt. Rock in the late 50′s. Other work included DC Comic’s Hawkman, the first 3-D comics starring his character Tor, and most recently Night Owl, which he worked on with his son Andy as part of DC’s Before Watchmen project.
But his real impact on the comic industry, and sequential art in general, came not directly as an artist, but as a teacher and mentor. Joe and his wife Muriel founded the ‘Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art’ in Dover NJ, an institution that became known around the world as a place focused exclusively on teaching students how to create comics. Since the 70s, the school has been teaching and graduating talented artists.
I personally grew up on Kubert’s work when I was collecting comics back in the day. Many were influenced by his genius, and his talent will be remembered.
Joe Kubert is survived by his 4 sons, two of which (Andy and Adam) are comic artists themselves, and his daughter Lisa, and 12 grandchildren. His wife, Muriel Kubert, died in 2008.
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