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Monday, August 13, 2012

The Fire and Water Podcast: Episode 26

A Few Words About Joe Kubert

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Wings1295 said...

Great to hear. :)

Diabolu Frank said...

The Fire & Water Minisode #1?

I don't think I'm alone as a comic book fan in having a weird relationship with Joe Kubert. Like John Buscema, Kubert never had a great affinity for super-heroes. Unlike Buscema, Kubert was in a place professionally where that meant he could avoid drawing them more often than not. Since I'm of one of the generations that came after all genres in comics had collapsed into some form of super-heroics, I'll remember Kubert best as the guy who did a few old war comics that happened my way, or provided the art for house ads that I would marvel at.

I was at Space City Con this weekend, and Art Adams was telling Whilce Portacio about his regret over never having talked to Gil Kane very much. Other pros had warned him off of Kane, but once Adams screwed up the courage to approach an idol, everything turned out fine. I think maybe Portacio had similar reservations about talking to Adams, even though they'd worked together way back in 1987 on Longshot. I found myself intimidated in Adams' presence, so I was happy to eavesdrop on his conversation, rather than being on the spot myself.

I did a bit of eavesdropping when Kubert was in town at the end of May for Comicpalooza. One of the reasons I like getting commissions is that it gives me an "in" to have conversations with artists, but Kubert wasn't doing any at the show. I ended up talking more with one of his school's reps while buying raffle tickets for a Kubert drawing, which is to say any talking at all. I enjoyed his runs on books like Hawkman and The Punisher, have appreciated his influence on many other artists, and he's done some fantastic illustrations in general. On the other hand, there's always a partition from super-hero fans. Luke is the only member of the JLA blogosphere with any subject claim on Kubert. One A-S.S. cover provided both of the head shots featured here, and I've got one panel of a Detective Comics back-up as reference for what a Kubert Martian Manhunter would look like. There's an emotional disconnect where I mourn for my friends who mourn for their family member I met occasionally in passing. Joe Kubert was an outstanding talent and one of the very last living legends of the golden age, yet I acknowledge his passing more with my head than my heart.