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Greatest Joe Kubert Stories Ever Told!

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Every day in April we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!

Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).

Today’s list is the Greatest Joe Kubert Stories Ever Told!


We’re behind schedule, so I’ll have to keep this brief.

10. “Ice Cream Soldier!” Our Army at War #85

The classic introduction by Robert Kanigher and Kubert of a new soldier to Easy Company, nicknamed the “Ice Cream Soldier,” because his comrades feel that he’s most likely to melt in a sticky situation. They are forced to revise that position when he proves himself to them all, showing that he is instead the Ice Cream Soldier because he remains as cool as ice cream.

9. “Creature of a Thousand Shapes!” The Brave and the Bold #34

Kubert and Gardner Fox introduce the Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl in this fun action tale.

8. Tor #1-6

I pooled all the St. John Tor votes into a vote for this DC series, which reprinted Kubert’s classic prehistoric tale from both St. John as well as making a new tale out of unused newspaper strip versions of Tor.

7. “The Fighting Guns of Easy” Our Army at War #146

This well-remembered tale by Kubert and Kanigher told an Easy Company adventure from the perspective of Easy Company’s guns themselves!!! I have featured this story in I Love Ya But You’re Strange in the past.

6. “Origin of the Ape-Man” Tarzan #207-210

Kubert was a big Tarzan fan and in 1972 he got the chance to take over the character for DC Comics. In the first four issues of the series, Kubert adapted the origin of the Edgar Rice Burroughs character in one of the greatest Tarzan comic book story of all-time.

The top five is on the next page!

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Glad to see Tor get some love.

I like how the entire top 5 is all war stories. The genre really doesn’t get enough attention from modern comics fandom.

Schatzi! Noooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just read that one in the Enemy Ace second Archive. Kubert draws an unbelievably adorable puppy.
The Harpy story is great, but I was annoyed they promptly forgot about her. When her brother turns up alive, the series seems to abandon and forsake her time in the sky.

Love, love Enemy Ace, my favorite DC series of all time, and maybe my favorite comic series period.

Yes, Sgt. Rock, Enemy Ace and Fax From Sarajevo on the top 5, as they deserved. Democracy works!

Jonathon Riddle

May 21, 2013 at 1:44 am

Yossel didn’t make it? For shame.

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