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 book’s editor, comics historian and Kubert
biographer Bill Schelly.
Schelly’s text parallels the visual evolution of the artist’s 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 DC’s 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
Schelly’s insightful analysis that places these later, more mature works in the context of Kubert’s career.
Joe Kubert’s extraordinary career spans the history of the comic book in America: he began drawing comics in 1938, just as Superman made his debut in Action Comics #1, and continues to be one of the most vital cartoonists working today, writing and drawing both mainstream comic book characters as well as, more recently, graphic novels of his own conception.
Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert provides a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the career of one of the most distinctive, dynamic artists in the history of comics. Bill Schelly’s insightful book covers all facets of Kubert’s creative life: artist, writer, innovator, entrepreneur, and educator. It abounds in heretofore unknown details about Kubert’s life and work, and is rich in colorful anecdotes drawn from numerous interviews the author conducted with Kubert’s colleagues, family and friends. Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert is a full-bodied biography intended to be read and enjoyed by anyone interested in the history of American popular culture.
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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 Schelly’s sunny
biography... captures for posterity Kubert’s winning, take-no-guff spirit."
— The Comics Reporter
"Kubert’s 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
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