Panel from Sgt. Rock: The Prophecy, see entire page.
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 Memorial Spread
Appeared in comics released from DC Comics in September 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:
[Below] Joe Kubert Tor cover from July 1954
Original page: Thursday, May 22, 2008 | Updated May 2012