When any fan is asked to list off the top comic artists of all time, Joe Kubert will be in that list. Joe Kubert, was a true artist. I remember an article written about him, he drew almost every day. No vacation from the work, or perhaps it is better to say that drawing was not work for him. It was a way of life, something he was able to share with all his fans and colleges. So much so that he created a school to teach and inspire the future of comic artists.
The Kubert School, was founded by Joe Kubert in 1976. One of the founding principals was that he would not accept more than 300 students at one time and the class sizes would not exceed 22. Originally called The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, it is the dream of most aspiring comic artists to attend the school.
Joe Kubert was born in 1926 in Southeast Poland and emigrated to the United States with his parents at the age of two months. Kubert's family settled in Brooklyn New York and Joe was just a small boy when the Great Depression started. As other children played, Joe drew.
His actual start in comics is a little up for debate, there are three different versions. He was some where between 10 and 13 years old and in one interview recalled that he earned $5 per page, which was a very good pay at that time. What can be said is that he was there at the beginning of the North American Comic Age.
Kubert, worked for a number of the early comic publishers including All-American Publishing ( That would become DC ). In the early 1950's Kubert was the managing editor of St. John Publications. They created the first 3-D comic books. It was with St. John's that he co-created the character Tor, that has continued as a popular character in titles.
In 1955 Joe went back to freelance work for now DC and Atlas Comics ( Marvel). One year later he decided to work exclusively for DC. Joe and his team were asked to bring back the Super Heroes. Their updated version of the Flash is credited as marker of the Silver Age of Comics. In the following years he would get another chance to work on Hawkman ( One of his significant contributions to comics), as well as many more. Kubert's best known character would have to be Sgt. Rock.
From 1967 to 1976 Kubert worked as DC's Director of Publications. It was during this time Joe started titles based on the writer Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan and Korak. While in this role he still was able to draw for several comics and also did cover art.
The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, was founded in 1976. The school has graduated some of the top artists of the last 40 years.
Joe Kubert stayed very active in the Comic world. Working on the art for a number of anniversary titles for DC. In the later part of the 1980's he wrote and drew for a faith-based comic strip.
In the 1990's Joe Kubert, started to write and draw for several different comic companies. He did projects for Malibu Comics and then in 1995 he worked for Epic Comics. As the 1990's came to a close, Joe Kubert had spent several long stretches working on trade paperback projects that produced numbered in over 200 pages each.
In 2001, Joe drew for the first issue of Stan Lee's Just Imagine limited series. In 2003 he returned to his signature character Sgt. Rock. Two more Sgt. Rock titles were produced over the next six years. DC once more brought a series of projects to Joe Kubert. He continued working right up to his death in 2012. Joe Kubert died of multiple myeloma, just one month short of his 86th's birthday.
Adam and Andy Kubert, continued the work their father started with the Kubert School. The school continues today offering both in class and correspondence courses.
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