Every day in April we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!
Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).
Today’s list is the Greatest Joe Kubert Stories Ever Told!
We’re behind schedule, so I’ll have to keep this brief.
10. “Ice Cream Soldier!” Our Army at War #85
The classic introduction by Robert Kanigher and Kubert of a new soldier to Easy Company, nicknamed the “Ice Cream Soldier,” because his comrades feel that he’s most likely to melt in a sticky situation. They are forced to revise that position when he proves himself to them all, showing that he is instead the Ice Cream Soldier because he remains as cool as ice cream.
9. “Creature of a Thousand Shapes!” The Brave and the Bold #34
Kubert and Gardner Fox introduce the Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl in this fun action tale.
8. Tor #1-6
I pooled all the St. John Tor votes into a vote for this DC series, which reprinted Kubert’s classic prehistoric tale from both St. John as well as making a new tale out of unused newspaper strip versions of Tor.
7. “The Fighting Guns of Easy” Our Army at War #146
This well-remembered tale by Kubert and Kanigher told an Easy Company adventure from the perspective of Easy Company’s guns themselves!!! I have featured this story in I Love Ya But You’re Strange in the past.
6. “Origin of the Ape-Man” Tarzan #207-210
Kubert was a big Tarzan fan and in 1972 he got the chance to take over the character for DC Comics. In the first four issues of the series, Kubert adapted the origin of the Edgar Rice Burroughs character in one of the greatest Tarzan comic book story of all-time.
The top five is on the next page!
5. “No Exit for Easy” Our Army at War #100
Kanigher and Kubert show a situation where the morale of Easy is threatened by a replacement member of the team.
4. “Luck is a Puppy Named Schatzi” Star Spangled War Stories #148
In this classic Enemy Ace tale by Kanigher and Kubert, the German war ace adopts a good luck puppy. As you might expect, things don’t go well.
3. Fax from Sarajevo
Kubert’s classic award-winning graphic novel featuring European comics agent Ervin Rustemagi? telling stories of his life during the Serbian Siege of Sarajevo through faxes that he sent to contacts around the globe, including Kubert, who turned the stories into comics. Powerful stuff.
2. “Vengeance is a Harpy!” Star Spangled War Stories #142
A powerful tale of Enemy Ace facing off against the sister of a costumed pilot who Enemy Ace had killed in the past. Some of Kubert’s greatest airplane sequences.
1. “4 Faces of Sgt Rock” Our Army at War #127
Powerful and classic piece by Kubert and Kanigher told through four different characters giving their own perspectives on Sgt. Rock. Really great work. Possibly the most acclaimed Sgt. Rock story ever, which makes sense that it’d make #1 on this list.
That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let us know!