One of the most legendary and influential figures of the comic industry, Joe Kubert, passed away at the age of 85 just three weeks shy of his birthday. The initial word of his death came out on twitter Sunday afternoon, then rapidly was confirmed within hours. I want to take this announcement to mention just all he accomplished in his life. Because Joe Kubert had a truly storied career and life.His comic work is too numerous to truly dive into here, his work on Hawkman, Sgt. Rock, and even his own creation Tor which he revived for DC Comics back in 2008. His work on the Fax from Sarajevo was some of the earliest comic journalism work released, then in 2011 he released a deeply personal work called Yossel imagining what if his family wouldn’t have emigrated to the U.S back in 1926. Joe Kubert had a truly diverse career in writing and drawing comics.
Now, his other lasting legacy within his life is his founding of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in 1976 or as it’s known today as the Kubert School. His School not only taught two of his sons, Adam and Andy, but many names within the comic industry today. Adam Warren, Alex Maleev, Rags Morales, and many more, all acclaimed alumni from his school. Another factor in the powerful legacy of this one man.
Joe Kubert was still working on comics as recently as this year, working with his son Andy on Before Watchmen: Nite Owl, and the upcoming Joe Kubert Presents coming out in October. It’s amazing to realize that even at 85 years old, he still was going strong. I love that, something to respect that no matter what age you are, you can still do amazing things.
I’m only covering a fraction of the amazing things Joe Kubert has done within his career. He will truly be missed, a great creator who you could tell still had more to give. From myself and everyone here at Comics Crux, we send our condolences to his friends and family, you will all be in our thoughts and prayers. A legacy lives large as we give thanks to the life and times of Joe Kubert. He shall never be forgotten.