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Joe Kubert drew the hell out of anything he did. And what I mean isn’t just that he was a magnificent artist — but that his grim and humanistic style brought to the fore tangible horror, terror and suspense: Hell on the page, as it were, especially in his war books.

Well, if you’re a Kubert fan — or simply admire his specific craft — then you’ll have to check out Arlen Schumer’s third Silver Age webinar: The Savage Style of Joe Kubert, hosted by the New York Adventure Club, this Thursday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m.

Check out the official description:

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 passed away 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.”

So come join New York Adventure Club and comic book art historian Arlen Schumer (author/designer, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) as he presents an overview of Kubert’s illustrious Silver Age career, dynamically displaying his comic book panels, pages and covers so that you’ll feel like you’re seeing them for the first time, covering:

— How Kubert reconciled his World War II Sgt. Rock character with the Vietnam War!

— Why Kubert’s Hawkman failed to enjoy the same success as his fellow DC Comics superhero revivals of The Silver Age!

— What it is about Kubert’s Enemy Ace that makes it arguably the greatest body of artwork that Kubert ever produced!

— And more!

Tickets are $10 a pop but here’s what’s cool: If you can’t make the two-hour webinar live, buying a ticket allows you to watch a recording of it for a week after. (Click here for tickets.)

And that’s not all: If all goes well, we’ll get more of these webinars focusing on other great artists. (Plus, don’t forget Wednesday’s Carmine Infantino webinar. Click here for info.)


— The Humanistic and Heroic Art of JOE KUBERT. Click here.

— Dig this SILVER AGE OF CARMINE INFANTINO Webinar. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Joe Kubert was definitely a legend. It’s really cool that most of his family is following in his footsteps in the comics industry.

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