Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Happy Birthday, Joe Kubert!

Today is Joltin' Joe Kubert's birthday!

Nobody could draw tough guys and action like Joe Kubert. His name is synonymous with comic book hard core mega-action! In fact, one could say that Joe Kubert comics helped me while growing up. I didn't go through puberty, I went through Kuberty!

Tarzan #245 featuring a very special guest appearance by Schatzi (January 1976).

Kuberty is that time on a young boy's life when, bereft of other role models, he takes inspiration, strength and solace from classic tales of heroism and bravery in the search for adulthood. My strong sense of ethics and morality all came from the lessons I learned from comic books, mainly the four color adventures rendered by Big Joe K. You could do worse in life than emulate Sgt. Rock or Tarzan.

My mom is also a Joe Kubert fan, though she didn't know it. The only comic she ever read when younger was the adventures of The Rock and still knows all the classic characters by heart. Go mom!

KUBERT LINKS!

Wikipedia entry on Joe Kubert

September 2007 PS Magazine
! Free preventive maintenance magazine in PDF form courtesy of the United States Military! Featuring awesome military art by Joe, a really surreal cover and maybe even a Joe Kubert caricature of Angelina and Brad!

All my Kubert

Joe Kubert's influence on Rick Veitch and his latest effort.

News story about the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning. Ignore the dumbtard user comments.

What If...Joe Kubert never emigrated to America?

The Golem! Joe Kubert has visited the legend of the Golem a few times in his career. Most notably in his character of the Ragman, co-created with long-time DC partner Bob Kanigher.

But this Golem by Joe from the Golden Age of Propaganda Comics has a special charm all it's own.

Crunch C-Rack, indeed.

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4 comments:

  1. Kubert's Tarzan was a HUGE part of my Kuberty, as was Enemy Ace. I think his adaptation of Tarzan is the best in any media.

    And Joe is responsible for one of my all time favorite things in comics history: The classic and often used cover layout of Bad Guys lurking in the foreground while Our Heroes walk towards them saying, "It's all clear, guys. We're safe now." Or something like it. I NEVER get tired of it.

    Joe Kubert ranks with Eisner and Kirby; one of the true giants.

    Happy Birthday, Joe!

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  2. Kubert's Ragman (in the 1970s) didn't have a lot to do with the golem did it? I can't recall entirely, but I believe he just had the powers and abilities of 4 people.. I don't recall any real supernatural connotation (and a much less direct Jewish background for the character).

    -Pope Impious XXIII

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  3. Kubert Rocks and I really should spend some time re-reading some of his stuff.

    Thanks for the nudge.

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