We’ve been doing a weekly topic drawing at Sketch Charlotte meetings over the last few months (hopefully you’ve seen them posted here or on our facebook page, maybe even twitter). So when this week’s topic rolled around we felt it appropriate to pay respect to the late, great Joe Kubert. A veritable Titan of the comics industry, Kubert’s passing can be felt from industry professionals and fans alike. And as Seth Peagler wrote for the Heroesonline Blog, Kubert’s legacy looms large in the world of comics. Seth, one of the talented writers we’re proud to have as a member, said it better than I could…
If there’s a single thing about Joe Kubert’s art that will continue to persevere throughout comics history, it must be his versatility. While he’ll probably always be most regarded for his war comics like Sgt. Rock and Enemy Ace, it’s hard to deny his presence in adventure comics (like Tor and Tarzan) and super hero comics as well.
While many recognize Kubert’s role in defining the Silver Age Hawkman, it’s worth noting that Joe consistently pushed the boundaries of the medium. Though the character has never been as popular as any of aforementioned ones, Kubert’s Ragman was and still is a relevant figure in the DC Universe. Drawing from his own experiences, Joe created a character that shared many similarities with his own life and upbringing. There were elements of Jewish mysticism and mythology, but also the idea that a hero could emerge from the humblest of origins.
Joe later went on to create Yossel, showing that he was also more than capable of exploring autobiographical comics. Comics creators and fans the world over are all thinking about Joe Kubert and his family this week. Let’s all take time to celebrate the man, his versatility and the indelible legacy he has left on our industry.
From left to right (top to bottom):
1st row: Stan Ford, Brandon Padgett, Herc Petmezas
2nd row: Herc Petmezas x 3!
3rd row: Joseph Mitchell, Jr and Matt Starnes