Tor issue 5 page - Joe Kubert Tarzan Cover 237Joe Kubert the comic book artist

Joe Kubert - 1926 - 2012

Joe Kubert

Panel from Sgt. Rock: The Prophecy, see entire page.


"Joe Kubert might be the best artist who has worked in comic books. He is certainly in the upper echelon. He has it all: he can tell a story to beat the band, his draftsmanship is impeccable, and to look at his work is to learn from it.

I was lucky enough to see him at work years and years ago and found every move he made to be an instruction. Very typical of Joe, he was generous with his talents and opened up the first school of its kind in America, The Joe Kubert School of Comic Art is a perfect place for anybody to learn. I wish I had gone there. "

Frank Miller talking about Joe Kubert, Hollywood Reporter interview, 2016


Joe Kubert - 1949

Love Came Second - Joe Kubert Artwork 1949

Love Came Second - from Hollywood Confessions #1, October 1949

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Joe Kubert has died

AUGUST 12, 2012: News outlets are reporting that Joe Kubert, age 85, has passed away.

Born September 18, 1926 in what was then Southeast Poland (now Ukraine). Immigrated to the United States at the age of two months and was raised in New York City. Began working in comics in 1938, age 12, inking and apprenticing for Harry Chesler. Kubert has said his first inking work was on "Archie" for Bob Montana.

His first recognized pro work was penciling and inking "Black-Out", a 6-pager starring the character Volton, appearing in Catman Comics #8 (March 1942). Kubert then worked for Will Eisner doing color separations for The Spirit. Kubert moved to DC Comics, though he continued to do work for a wide variety of other companies. For awhile at St. John publications, Kubert co-managed and co-wrote many characters (example, Tor). During the 1950s Kubert also contributed to Kurtzman's Two-Fisted Tales at E.C. Comics.

Kubert was back at DC Comics in the mid-fifties, starting his association with DC's war comics (especially early work on the Sgt. Rock character). From 1967 to 1976 Kubert was a publications supervisor at DC, though he continued to draw many books, especially Tarzan and Our Army at War. In 1976 he started the "Kubert School" in New Jersey, which was specifically for the training of comic book artists. Kubert continued to work to DC Comics off and on for the rest of his life, producing a number of projects and special mini-series (for example, featuring Sgt. Rock and Tor). Kubert also wrote and drew a number of graphic novels.

He had been hospitalized for nearly a month before passing away August 12, 2012.


Joe Kubert Hawkman & Hawkwoman

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Hawkwoman

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Weird War Tales issue 94 art by Joe Kubert

Weird War Tales #94, December 1980, cover by Joe Kubert

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Joe Kubert Jew Gangster


Amazon of Barsoom

Amazon of Barsoom - Joe Kubert


Classic Joe Kubert Covers

Joe Kubert Art Cover - Hawkman ShowcaseJoe Kubert Art Cover - Rima Cover issue 6

Selection of 10 classic Kubert Covers


Joe Kubert Memorial Spread

Appeared in comics released from DC Comics in September 2012

Joe Kubert Memorial SPread 2012

Click to see the Kubert Memorial enlarged.


Long-time comic book artist from the 'golden age' of the medium

Born September 18, 1926, Died August 12, 2012

Joe Kubert Links:

Joe Kubert

Selection of 10 classic Kubert Covers

Our Army at War #210, Sept 1969,Kubert Submarine Base cover

Our Army at War #199, Nov 1968, Sgt Rock Kubert Cover

Our Army at War #199, Nov 1968, Sgt Rock Kubert Page Art

Our Army at War #298, Nov 1976, Kubert Sgt Rock Cover


Between a Rock and a Hard Place graphic Novel

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 2004, Joe Kubert page 1

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 2004, Joe Kubert page 2

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 2004, Joe Kubert page 3

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 2004, Joe Kubert page 4


Son of Sinbad #1, Feb 1950, Joe Kubert Cover

Rima the Jungle Girl Cover #6, Feb - March 1975, Kubert Cover

Rima the Jungle Girl Cover #7, April-May 1975, Kubert Cover

Detective Comics #438, Dec 1973 - Jan 1974, Joe Kubert HAWKMAN 1962 page

Tarzan #214, November 1972

Tarzan #214, Nov 1972, Kubert Page A

Tarzan #214, Nov 1972, Kubert Page B

Tarzan Limited Edition Collectors Comics, 1974, La of Opar

La of Opar "red"

Tarzan #237, May 1975, Joe Kubert Cover

Tor #2, July-Aug 1975, Kubert Cover

Star Spangled War Stories #186, April 1975, Unknown Soldier Kubert Cover

"Jew Gangster" single page illo by Kubert

Tor #1, July 2008, Kubert art "The Outcast"

The Prophecy, Mar 2006, Kubert Sgt Rock Page

Joe Kubert Presents #1, Dec 2012, Hawkman page

Joe Kubert Presents #3, Feb 2013, Redeemer Page

DC Comics 2012 Joe Kubert Memorial, 2-page spread


Joe Kubert Mentor Book

[Below] Joe Kubert Tor cover from July 1954
Tor 1954

Kubert Tor


Joe Kubert page - Little Sure Shot

Little Sure Shot - Joe Kubert art

From the Joe Kubert / Brian Azzarello Between a Rock and a Hard Place graphic novel, 2004 Joe Kubert artwork. See pages:

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 2004, Joe Kubert page 1

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 2004, Joe Kubert page 2

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 2004, Joe Kubert page 3

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 2004, Joe Kubert page 4


Joe Kubert Tor issue 5 artwork - 2008

Joe Kubert Tor issue 5 artwork - 2008


Original page: Thursday, May 22, 2008 | Updated Sept 2015


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