We were far too busy with the opening and the aftermath to put this up on time but this August we felt we should remember Joe Kubert, Harvey Awards' Jack Kirby Hall of Fame inductee, and the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Famer, who we lost around this time in 2012.
Joe was originally from Poland and took a job as young as 12 penning as a cartoonist for comics. Joe did all sorts of comics over the years, from Archie to Blue Beetle and Mighty Mouse but his most notable work that I know him for was Sgt Rock. The D.C. Comics WW2 NCO of his fable Easy Company. The rumor was always that he was part of The Big Red One infantry division from the places where he was drawn but look, Sgt Rock was like reading a very gritty G.I. Joe. Which makes sense considering they think he might have been the very origin of the Hasbro brand and was even immortalized as part of their toy line.
At one point Joe even did work on a U.S. Army magazine with comic book elements called PS, The Preventive Maintenance Monthly.
Joe later also on to create the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art located in Dover, New Jersey. In 2003 Joe was quoted as saying,
"There's no other way to learn this stuff, except through other people in the business. ... 80 to 90 percent of the students get jobs in related fields, but they really have to work. The average student is drawing 8 to 10 hours a day, 6 to 7 days a week. ... You get a complete and total dedication from these students. ... This is their lifeline out. A chance to make a livelihood at something they love to do."
As army vets, we love guys like Joe, as comic fans we love the guy twice over. So, here's to Joe Kubert, comics legend.