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    http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/08/12/joe-kubert-passes-aged-85/

    That's a real shock. He's still got projects in the pipeline, so this is completely out of the blue. I don't see any reason given yet.

    He never stopped drawing, and it never stopped being incredible.

    • CommentAuthorPow
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2012
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    Christ
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    Shit man.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2012
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    A good artist. Respect.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2012
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    We seem to have lost a lot of Great Old Ones lately . . . but man, it was cool that the Great Old Ones of the comic world were around so long! Severin, Eisner, Kubert et al were around to mentor and inspire for decades.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2012
     (10790.6)
    Aw, man.

    Kubert was the LAST of the Great Old Ones. (Wait! Ditko's still kickin', I think.)

    Read an obit on the Beat that said he got his start hanging around the MLJ offices in the late 30s. (MLJ would later become Archie Comics, of all places.) He was like an office boy, making coffee and gettin' sammiches fer the fellas and his parents let him do it. He's 12 years old, hanging out with boozy older men, with nasty language and gambling problems and wives and girlfriends - in what was basically a bullpen, a sweatshop. Because the artists told his parents that he was a good kid, he liked to draw and he was good, he could go far in this business.

    It's arguable he did more for training artists than almost anyone else. Swipe Kirby and Kane all you like but Joe Kubert would actually sit you down and tell you his secrets.

    My best to his family.

    Plus, he had to hang out with Bob Kanghier for all those years. And that can't have been easy.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2012
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    THE OBITUARY DEBACLE HAS MADE ME VOW TO NEVER BUY ANOTHER DC COMIC. And if anyone ever tries TRIES! to defend DC Comics, I'm afraid I shall have to ask you to step outside. I have a screwdriver I'd like to show you, Yes, it's quite peculiar. YOU SEE, THE THING IS, IT FITS RIGHT IN YOUR EYEBALL.

    I'll save your gums for later.
  3.  (10790.8)
    A link helps, for those of us who have no idea what's going on.

    Some PR guy screwed up badly, it got fixed. It's very telling of the corporate attitude at DC right now, but not worth getting deeply upset over. Read Karen Berger's obit, linked in the article I linked above, and just resign yourself to the fact that DC is broken right now. Although I'll admit, I didn't think they were broken quite so badly as that to plop an ad in the middle of the obit of an industry legend. Sure, it got fixed, but that it happened at all is telling of... something.
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    Steve Lieber's memorial is the best text piece I've read on his passing:

    On our last day of school, [Joe Kubert] answered some big-picture questions for us, and he drew pen sketches of some of my classmates. He did this one of me. One of my classmates, Ted Couldron, actually teased Joe for making me look better than I did. Joe smiled and took it gracefully. And to be honest, Ted had a point. Joe’s drawing doesn’t show any of the neurosis that was crushing me, the worry, the self-doubt, the cheeks getting pouchy from three years of pulling all-nighters and eating crappy food. None of that’s there. Apparently he saw something else. Joe gave me an image of myself that was healthy, capable, confident and calm. He did it on paper, and he did it in life. I’ll always be grateful to him for both.

    Darwyn Cooke's memorial is crazy, crazy good.

    Francesco Frankavilla's memorial is incredible as well.