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Joe Kubert: The Legacy
Published on Monday, August 13, 2012 by

Over the weekend we lost a legend in the comics world. The ‘Verse would like to take a moment to pay tribute to Joe Kubert.

When I sat down to write this, off the top of my head I couldn’t think of a single Joe Kubert drawn series that I had read. I knew what he had done, obviously. His work on Sgt. Rock and Hawkman is the stuff of legends. But what had I personally seen? Sketches and covers.

So why does his death affect me? I know his history, I know the influence he has on so many of the artists that I have seen the work of. I’ve seen his work and what Joe Kubert represents to me is what I like in comic book art. But it’s the man’s legacy really got me.

We, my girlfriend and I, were gone all weekend so I got the news of Joe’s death late last night. At about the same time my girlfriend, who is a teacher, got an e-mail from a former student. This student, now a senior in high school (girlfriend teaches middle school) wanted to come back to the middle school and go over some of the music that she and my girlfriend had done. The lessons my girlfriend had taught her still stayed with her and influenced what she wanted to do with her life.

Then it hit me, that’s the legacy that Joe Kubert has left the world of comics and entertainment. Alot of artist influence future generations. The future artists grow up liking aspects of the artist’s style. They see things they want to use in their own work. But a teacher? A teacher leaves a different impression. A teacher instills the thoughts behind the process. A teacher tells the student why certain things are certain ways, what went into the thinking behind the creation.

Joe Kubert was a legend in the art world. His influence is felt and seen far and wide. There is no denying the impact he had on the industry. But his impact goes far beyond the physical body of work he left behind. Through his school Joe Kubert will teach, not just influence, future generations of artists for a long time to come.

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    • Joe Kubert was (is) one of my favorite comics illustrators of all time. He just had such total control of THE LINE… even when his work is shot straight from the pencils such as in the graphic novelization “Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965,” there are no stray or extraneous details.

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