(A Suspended Animation "classic" from 1998.)
Joe Kubert is a Renaissance Man of comics, having worked as a penciller, inker, editor, writer and publisher in a career than spans more than sixty years.
His career began in the Chesler Shop in 1939, churning out assembly-line work with other young artists and writers for new publishers often out to make a quick buck in a new industry. But Kubert would be among the serious artists and writers who would turn a publishing fad into an artform.
Almost from the beginning, Kubert left the predominantly cartoonish, "big foot" art of early titles for a near realistic portrayal of the world. Heavily influenced by other realistic comic strip artists including Hal Foster, Alex Raymond and Mort Meskin, he became one of the most critically acclaimed artists in comic books. In particular, Kubert brought a high level of drama, realistic human anatomy, and an epic visual sweep to his work whether he was drawing a superhero with gigantic wings or a German World War I pilot.
His greatest influence may have come from creating a school for comic book and strip artists and writers that he still heads today.
Kubert's comic book work includes: Black Witch (MLJ, 1942-'43), Phantom Lady (Quality, '42-'43), Volton (Holyoke, 1942- '43), Johnny Quick, Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Rip Hunter, Sgt. Rock, Cave Carson, Tarzan, Enemy Ace and many more (DC, 1943-'?). Also, Black Cat (Harvey, 1943-'48), Tor, Mighty Mouse 3-D [the first 3-D comic book], 3 Stooges and Son of Sinbad (St. John, 1950-'55), Fax From Sarajevo (Dark Horse) and many other titles and characters for publishers like Interfaith, Fiction House, Avon, DC, Marvel and Gleason.
Kubert also inked The Spirit comic strip in 1943 and 1944, and drew the Green Berets strip (1966- '67).
The work of Joe Kubert is very highly recommended.
Published over many years, some titles may be difficult to locate. A price guide or comics dealer will help. Comic book shops, mail order companies, trade journals and comics conventions are best sources.
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-- Michael Vance