Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Art of Joe Kubert captures the career of a comic book great in word and picture

Book 37: The Art of Joe Kubert edited by Bill Schelly

Sgt. Rock, Tarzan, Tor, Hawkman, the Viking Prince.

These are just a few of the comics and characters drawn by Joe Kubert during his decades-long career as a comic book artist.

Although I was primarily a Marvel guy and Kubert worked mainly for D.C., his characters -- especially Rock -- populated my childhood imagination.  For me, only Jack "King" Kirby, outranks Kubert on my short-list of all-time favorite comic artists.

The Art of Joe Kubert, edited by Bill Schelly, captures the breadth of Kubert's amazing career in both words and illustrations. While still in high school, Kubert began hanging out in Harry Chesler's New York studio.  There he learned how comics were made and the fundamentals of comic art.

It wasn't long before Kubert's first published work appeared, "Volton, the Human Generator," and an extraordinary artistic career was launched. 

The Art of Joe Kubert is a delightful read as it tracks the arc of Kubert's career, but it's more fun, by far, to flip through page after page of Kubert's comic art. 

From his early work on Crime Does Not Pay to Our Army at War featuring Sgt. Frank Rock and the soldiers of Easy Company, the books leads to an obvious conclusion -- Kubert is among the greatest comic artists ever to put pencil to paper.

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