R.I.P. Joe Kubert

We lost yet another master of the comic book art form today, as the legendary Joe Kubert passed away today at the age of 85. Kubert is known for his amazing artwork on comics like Sgt. Rock, Hawkman, Tarzan, Tor, Enemy Ace, Unknown Soldier, Fax from Sarajevo and so much more.

Our condolences to his friends and family.

Read on to see some examples of how brilliant Kubert was...

Kubert is likely best known for his Sgt. Rock work, but Enemy Ace is where I think his art shone brightest.

Enemy Ace, the German fighter pilot war hero from World War I, was the lead feature in Star Spangled War Stories from #138-145, #147-150.

That's a relatively short run, but in that time - boy, Joe Kubert and Robert Kanigher sure produced some fine, fine comic books.

The series began in 1968, so they were able to be a bit more graphic/depressing than they would be in the past, and when you're dealing with, well, the enemy, you know the stories are not going to be pleasant ones. However, when you see that you're dealing with two masters of the form like Kanigher and Kubert, you also knwo that the stories will be high in quality.

The quality came through in two different ways.

One way was the sheer detail and gripping nature of the battles, where Kubert's art shone so brilliantly...

Secondly, there was the over the top dramatic nature of the situation.

This sequence from a later issue shows this beautifully...

Such amazing work.

Joe Kubert was one of the finest comic book artists we've ever had the pleasure to see and since he was continuing to put up quality work right up to his death, his passing did not just deprive us of nostalgia, it deprived us from currently great work.

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