Comic Book Artist Joe Kubert Dies at 85
Kubert’s other work includes the mid-1960s newspaper comic strip “Tales of the Green Beret,” with the writer Robin Moore; the graphic novel “Jew Gangster” (2005), about the career path not taken; and a comic strip, “The Adventures of Yaakov and Yosef,” for The Moshiach Times, a children’s magazine published by the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidic movement.
The recipient of exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the country, Kubert was the subject of a biography, “Man of Rock,” by Bill Schelly, published in 2008.
Kubert’s wife of 57 years, the former Muriel Fogelson, died in 2008. In addition to his son Adam, he is survived by three other sons, Andy, David and Danny; a daughter, Lisa Zangara; three sisters, Rosalind Krasilovsky, Sheila Dempster and Eva Cahn; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. His sons Adam and Andy are both well-known comic-book artists.
From 1967 to 1976, Kubert was DC’s director of publications, with duties that included overseeing the company’s line of war comics. He took the post when the Vietnam War was at its height, and under his supervision the company’s war comics reflected as much.
At the end of each comic Kubert directed the typesetter to add a four-word coda. It read, “Make War No More.”