Friday, August 17, 2012
Hawkman and Tor
I originally had another cover scheduled to go for today, but I felt that I should do something in tribute to my all-time favorite artist, Joe Kubert. Kubert will be greatly missed, his nearly seven-decade career is filled with a body of work that amazingly got better and better with each year. His painterly style showed a confidence that can only be gained by a constant commitment to the craft. He was a master of the human form, as well as facial expressions and the effects of light and shadow. Not only did he provide comic fans with tons of amazing work, his teachings at The Kubert School have passed along valuable lessons to countless other artists (not to mention his sons, Adam and Andy). I count myself very lucky that I was able to meet Joe Kubert at a convention a few years back. He couldn't have been more gracious in front of all of my fawning and when I shook his hand, he had a grip of iron - no doubt from clutching pens and pencils since the Golden Age. Kubert was working right up to the present, with solicitations for Joe Kubert Presents just now appearing... and I can't wait to check out one more work from the master. RIP, Joe - you did it better than anyone else, and with style and class.