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365 Reasons to Love Comics #168

Happy Father’s Day! Let’s celebrate it by looking at everyone’s favorite comics dad. And be sure to get your old man a nice archive instead of another new tie.

6/17/07

168. Joe Kubert

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As a true comics legend and one of the greatest artists in the field, Joe Kubert deserves our infinite admiration. Born in Poland (Polish homeys represent!) and raised in America, Joe was working in the comics industry by the age of twelve, under the wing of such artists as Bob Montana and Irv Novick. Building his skills over time, Kubert emerged from the Golden Age as a master draftsman, with a handsome, unmistakable style, reminiscent of woodcuts and sculpture. He uses intense, powerful linework that really shines on the comics page. There is nothing he cannot draw, from superheroes like Hawkman and his creation Ragman to adventure books like Tor and Tarzan and more.

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I’d call Mr. Kubert the master of every genre– especially war. It’s in DC’s war books that he gave us his best work, creating (or co-creating with Bob Kanigher) and drawing such works as Sgt. Rock, Enemy Ace, and the Unknown Soldier, which we all know were totally brilliant, right? It wasn’t just those properties he worked on– he also drew plenty of other war stories that didn’t star famous characters.

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We’ve also got to thank Mr. Kubert for starting the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, where he has helped hone the talents of new generations of great comic artists. You can read more at Joe’s website. It’s a fine, fine thing that he’s doing with the school, and I’m happy to see it.

Joe’s going to be 81 this year, and he’s still going strong. In the last decade, he’s come out with graphic novels like Fax from Sarajevo and Yossel, produced more Sgt. Rock work, and drawing for the military’s PS Magazine. The man has become a living legend, still showing up the young guns and creating great comics.

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That’s all I have for today. What use are words when you have art? If it’s words you crave, though, read this fantastic Genesis of Joe Kubert article.

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there, and you as well, Joe. I have a feeling Adam and Andy might make it in the business yet. Ha.

10 Comments

For years I dimissed the awesomeness that is Joe Kubert.

I’m struggling manfully to make up for that now.

Thanks for adding to my guilt.

Ian Astheimer

June 17, 2007 at 8:06 pm

Perfect–and totally unexpected–call, Bill.

I do think you need to mention that Joe is not only a comics superstar, but he is in fact the father of two comics superstars. You just mentioned Adam and Andy in passing.

Another comic father/son: John Romita and John Romita,Jr.

Any other fathers and sons in the comic industry?

Joe Kubert is the man. I have always loved his stuff.

I don’t know about fathers and sons in the comics industry but I do know about one father/daughter: Alan Moore’s daughter Leah has started writing comics.

Ahh, Kubert. Could you be any more totally rad?

The Knaufs writing Iron-Man at the moment are a Father-Son team too.

Andrew Collins

June 18, 2007 at 9:57 am

I never followed Joe K’s work until I recently picked up his Tarzan Archives that Dark Horse published (I’m a Tarzan fan). Fantastic work. Realistic but still very stylized. I want to pick up more of his work now.

Ahh, you meant real-life comics dad. I figured you were thinking of a paternal character, and I was hoping to see Buddy Baker. When’s he gonna pop up? You’ve got just under 200 chances left …

:-)

Of all the great artists who have drawn him, when you say Tarzan, I see Joe Kubert. All kinds of awesome.

The Kirbydotter

June 18, 2007 at 4:29 pm

Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane and Joe Kubert:
DC’s holy trinity from the 50′s to the Bronze Age.

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