Joe Kubert is one of the great comic book artists. His career literally traverses the history of comics, beginning in 1938 when he became a professional at age 12, to today as one of the greatest draftsmen working in the field. Kubert is known and respected as much for his sinewy, passionate drawing as he is for his consummate storytelling skills. Over his 70-year career in comics, he has worked as an artist, an editor, a publisher, an entrepreneur, and a cartooning auteur. The Art of Joe Kubert is a deluxe, full-color coffee table book that honors this legendary creator with beautifully reproduced artwork from every phase of his career as well as critical commentary by the books editor, comics historian and Kubert biographer Bill Schelly.
Schellys text parallels the visual evolution of the artists work, tracing his life and career from his early days drawing Hawkman in the Golden Age, to his creation of Tor, his involvement in creating 3-D comics in the 1950s, his tour de force stints on DCs war comics Sgt. Rock, The Unknown Soldier and the groundbreaking Enemy Ace in the 1960s, to illustrating the adventures of Tarzan in the 1970s. And before finding a creative safe haven at DC Comics in the 50s, Kubert drew for many smaller and more obscure companies, including Holyoke, Quality, Fiction House, Harvey, St. John, and others all of which are represented, including a 50-page section of comic-book stories in the horror, crime, and SF genres from the pre-Comics Code era, reprinted in full color for the first time.
Although Kubert is known for his contributions to pop culture icons such as Tarzan and Sgt. Rock, he has also invested his creative energy in more personal projects over the last 20 years, including journalistic and historical graphic novels such as his Eisner Award-winning Fax from Sarajevo and Yossel: April 19, 1943, all of which are illustrated along with Schellys insightful analysis that places these later, more mature works in the context of Kuberts career.
"Joe Kubert's history is essentially the history of comic books . The Art of Joe Kubert, by Eisner-nominated hisotrian/editor Bill Schelly , meticulously follows Kubert's awe-inspiring 70-year career in a handsome, 224-page coffee-table book. It's filled with wonderful illustrations and full-color comics . Thankfully, Schelly's contextualized studies rarely resort to outrageous hyperbole or repetitious page filling. [T]his whole collection has an air of professionalism that is only surpassed by its vital subject. [Rating] 8/10" Kyle Lemmon, Under the Radar
Praise for Man of Rock:
"One of the best books of its kind." – Mark Evanier
"Man of Rock gives you a sense of a life in comics very well lived. Bill Schellys sunny biography... captures for posterity Kuberts winning, take-no-guff spirit." The Comics Reporter
"Kuberts story is basically the story of American comics." Comic Book Resources
"Journeyman artist, editor, entrepreneur and educator gets his due in this smart and readable volume." The Miami Herald