Comic book artist Joe Kubert, aged 85, passed away on August 12, 2012 from multiple myeloma. His influence upon comic books and comic book artists is monumental.

Joseph Kubert was born Sept. 18, 1926, in Yzeran in what was then Poland and now part of Ukraine. He came to the United States as an infant and was raised in Brooklyn. Joe’s extraordinary career spans the history of the comic book in America: he began drawing comics in 1938, just as Superman made his debut in Action Comics #1, and continued to be one of the most vital cartoonists working until his death. He wrote and drew both mainstream comic book characters as well as, more recently, graphic novels of his own conception.

Kubert is best known for his work on the DC Comics books Sgt. Rock and Hawkman. He is also known for working on his own creations, such as Tor, Son of Sinbad, and Viking Prince, and, with writer Robin Moore, the comic strip Tales of the Green Beret. He not only worked as artist and writer, but also as editor and teacher.

Kubert began his career at the early age of 12. He was assigned by MLJ Publications to do inking on some of Bob Montana’s ‘Archie’ pages. Kubert attended the High School of Music of Art and at the same time began a collaboration with the Harry “A” Chesler shop. He worked for publications like Smash Comics, Speed Comics and Police Comics, while also doing coloring and inking assignments.

The Museum Of UnCut Funk has covered Kubert’s Sgt. Rock comic book as a part of our Blacks, The Military and Comics Books blog.

Joe Kubert is survived by four sons, a daughter, 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

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