1. When I was a little kid there were two comic book artists I KNEW were great - Jack Kirby and Joe Kubert. I admired Kirby’s Captain America and the Falcon, New Gods, Kamandi, and various Treasury Editions (that 2001: A Space Odyssey one was as bizarre a thing as my young eyes had ever seen) by virtue of their dynamism, inventiveness, and grandiosity. I went out of my way to get Joe Kubert books, though, for the realistic, gracefully drafted art - something about the way he drew grim, determined faces. Tarzan was big, but I couldn’t get enough of the war and horror anthologies, and there always seemed to be a TON of them on the shelves: Unknown Soldier, G.I. Combat, Sgt. Rock, Weird War Tales, Haunted Tank, Witching Hour, Ghosts, House of Secrets, Secrets of the Haunted House, Unexpected, House of Mystery etc. etc. Later my interests turned to classical fine art and its history I grew to appreciate the masters of that medium but to this day I get excited and smile when I come across a Joe Kubert illustration. Sad to hear of his passing today, another old master lost to us but for the work he left behind and the happy memories he’s left us with.

    When I was a little kid there were two comic book artists I KNEW were great - Jack Kirby and Joe Kubert. I admired Kirby’s Captain America and the Falcon, New Gods, Kamandi, and various Treasury Editions (that 2001: A Space Odyssey one was as bizarre a thing as my young eyes had ever seen) by virtue of their dynamism, inventiveness, and grandiosity. I went out of my way to get Joe Kubert books, though, for the realistic, gracefully drafted art - something about the way he drew grim, determined faces. Tarzan was big, but I couldn’t get enough of the war and horror anthologies, and there always seemed to be a TON of them on the shelves: Unknown Soldier, G.I. Combat, Sgt. Rock, Weird War Tales, Haunted Tank, Witching Hour, Ghosts, House of Secrets, Secrets of the Haunted House, Unexpected, House of Mystery etc. etc. Later my interests turned to classical fine art and its history I grew to appreciate the masters of that medium but to this day I get excited and smile when I come across a Joe Kubert illustration. Sad to hear of his passing today, another old master lost to us but for the work he left behind and the happy memories he’s left us with.

     
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