Vale Joe Kubert

Out for dinner the night before Supanova Perth 2010 (left to right) Joe Kubert, Wolfgang Bylsma, Royd Burgoyne and Colin Wilson.

Comic book artist Joe Kubert, who started a New Jersey school of cartooning that cemented his legacy as an industry great, has died aged 85.

“I was very saddened to hear that Joe Kubert, who I was fortunate enough to meet during the 2010 convention season, has passed away,” said Wolfgang Bylsma, Editor-In-Chief at Gestalt Comics.

As a comic book artist, Kubert had a hand in creating Sgt. Rock, a World War II Army soldier character that debuted in 1959, as well as the prehistoric Tor, amongst other, more personal works.

“It’s become dramatically more accessible to make a livelihood with this business than it ever has been … We’ve gained a respectability that nobody who started in my business ever dreamed,” said Kubert (www.nj.com).

Kubert’s passing is a huge loss to the comics community, said Bylsma: “All of us at Gestalt wish to share our condolences with the entire Kubert family … He will live on in the work he gave us, as well as the inspiring example he set and the  lessons he passed on to others.”

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