By Todd Allen
Not a lot of details on this yet, but Twitter and Facebook are spreading the news that Joe Kubert has passed away
Kubert, simply put, is one of the titans of the field. He’s probably best known for his work on Hawkman (including the original version in the 1940s) and his work on DC’s war comics, like Sgt. Rock. Personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for his Tarzan. Kubert was an editor at DC. The founder of The Kubert School, training new artists. He is survived by his sons, Adam and Andy, both outstanding artists in their own right.
Not one to rest on his considerable laurels, Kubert was still an active artist. Kubert is currently on the shelves, inking his son, Andy, on Before Watchmen: Nite Owl. Barely a month ago, DC announced Kubert had a new anthology coming out.
It sounds like Kubert had been ill:
Reliable source confirms that Joe Kubert had been in hospital and has passed away. So sorry to hear this. A great artist and a great man.
— Dave Gibbons (@davegibbons90) August 12, 2012
This is a sad, sad day for comics. More information as it becomes available.
Update: According to friend on Twitter, Kubert had been hospitalized for the last month or so with various health issues.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.