We were saddened to learn that comic industry legend Joe Kubert passed away this week at the age of 85. In a truly remarkable career than spanned more than 70 years, Kubert entertained, inspired, and educated.
Perhaps best known for his acclaimed work for DC on Hawkman in the 1960s and Tarzan in the 1970s, Kubert also created the comic characters of Tor and Sgt. Rock.
In 1976, he founded the Kubert School in New Jersey, the United States only accredited comic arts institution.
As comic book writer Mark Waid told the Washington Post, “In the world of comics, Jack Kirby and Will Eisner may have been more influential artists, but Joe Kubert was its most influential man. Even if he were to be remembered solely for his body of illustration work, he’d still be one of the greats, but by opening the Kubert School in 1976, he was able to personally mentor and educate literally thousands of successful artists who owe their careers to his teachings.”
The Robert M. Ervin Jr. Collection in FSU’s Special Collections includes a number of Kubert-drawn comics. You can locate comics in the Ervin Collection by using this guide.