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Joe Kubert-the longest-lived continuously important contributor to the field-Influential Comic-Book Artist

Joe Kubert-the longest-lived continuously important contributor to the field-Influential Comic-Book Artist

Published: 2016-01-12 | Original Article
Attribution By MARGALIT FOX - New York Times

A tough master sergeant in World War II, Frank Rock is one of the most popular characters from war comics.
A tough master sergeant in World War II, Frank Rock is one of the most popular characters from war comics.
Mr. Kubert, who first plied his trade as a teenager in the 1930s and continued drawing in the hospital during his final illness, was among the last of the generation of comic-book illustrators whose work helped define the genre in the years before World War II. Mr. Kubert (pronounced CUE-bert) was most closely associated with DC, for whom he drew Sgt. Rock, a World War II infantryman he created with the writer Robert Kanigher, and Hawkman, an airborne crime fighter. He also created Tor, a prehistoric hero, and, with Mr. Kanigher, Enemy Ace, whose antihero is a German pilot. In addition, Mr. Kubert was considered one of the definitive interpreters of Tarzan.

Mr. Kubert was often described as a war artist, but as he made clear in interviews and in his work, it was far more accurate to call him an antiwar artist. His distinctive visual style — raw, powerful and unstinting in emotional immediacy — was ideally suited to capturing the brutality of battle, and capture it he did, over more than a half-century. At the end of each comic Mr. Kubert directed the typesetter to add a four-word coda. It read, “Make War No More.”


Attribution By MARGALIT FOX - New York Times