Another one of the all-time greats…
Arlen Schumer’s monthly Great Comic Book Artists of the Silver Age webinar series continues in April with an installment on Joe Kubert, an artist who left a deep legacy behind him.
The webinar is free and will run April 28 at 6 p.m. ET via Zoom. (Click here to join. Meeting ID: 884 6425 5774. Passcode: 929667.)
Here’s what Arlen plans to cover:
Of all the giants of the comic book art medium, Joe Kubert’s unmistakable and unforgettable style made him perhaps the most expressive pen-and-brush artist of his generation!
Joe Kubert entered the comic book field in the 1940s as a teenager drawing for DC Comics. His name and style became synonymous with war comics during the Silver Age of Comics (circa 1956-70) because of years of service drawing World War II’s heroic American Sgt. Rock, and then later, the offbeat antihero, World War I German flyer Enemy Ace. Both became signature characters; Kubert’s gritty pen line and bold brushwork perfectly suited writer and partner Bob Kanigher’s emotionally wrenching writing.
In the early ’60s, Kubert maintained continuity with his ’40s roots by returning to Hawkman, a character rendered by many artists since, but given his most definitive treatment by Kubert, despite a brief run of only six issues.
What accounted for Kubert’s lasting popularity and legend-in-his-own-time status? Not too long before he died in 2012, Kubert said, ”I happen to love to draw. And I happen to love to draw comic books. I enjoy it as much now, probably more, than I did before.”
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry — you’ll be able to watch a recording later.
The Silver Age webinar takes place the last Wednesday of every month. Also, way back in 2014, we excerpted Arlen’s book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art. So to help prepare for the latest installment, click here to check out Arlen’s piece on Kubert.
— MAKE WAR NO MORE: Joe Kubert’s Heartfelt Stamp of Protest. Click here.
— 13 COVERS: A JOE KUBERT Birthday Celebration. Click here.