Before Watchmen and the DC Kubert’s Obituary

“Make war no more”: Joe Kubert

A week has passed since Joe Kubert passed away, and even though this happened the next day of his death, the story deserves to remain a little more.

After the death of one great artists and an icon for the American comics industry Joe Kubert this past Sunday 12, the whole comics industry express their respect as an artist and human being, and support to their family… except for some well known company who, you can say, made good profits on some of his best creations: DC Comics.

“We are saddened to learn of the death of our colleague and friend Joe Kubert. An absolute legend in the industry, his legacy will not only live on with his sons, but with the many artists who have passed through the storied halls of his celebrated school. His latest work on BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL was among his best, and we are so honored to have worked side-by-side with such an unforgettable force in both comics and in life.” – DC Entertainment Executive Team

Sgt. Rock

As you can imagine, Kubert was part responsible for this particular comic (from the repugnant new Watchmen series), as DC in that classless first obituary pointed. Later it was changed, because of the multiples complains of the fans that do recognize the true work of this genius.

Kubert was DC’s director of publications from 1967 to 1976, as artist he made for DC Comics some classic and iconic characters since the 50s decade like Sgt. Rock, Tor, Enemy Ace (co-creator); and his art redefined icons like Hawkman, GI Joe, The Haunted Tank, Tarzan, among many.

He became part of the golden age of comics generation, and helped define the genre in the years before World War II.


He founded the Kubert School, an academy in Dover, NJ, the country’s only accredited trade school for comic-book artists, where in a three-year program students from around the world will find their style and can Lear to develop it. Among the most recognized graduates are Amanda Conner, Tom Mandrake, Rags Morales and Timothy Truman.

“He’s the longest-lived continuously important contributor to the field,” Paul Levitz, a former president of DC Comics, said in an interview on Monday. “There are two or three of the greats left, but he’s definitely one of the last.”

But still, DC promoted his last work, the one they are selling right now. Convenient. Low.

His sons Adam and Andy Kubert are also well known artists. For this generation, I recommend his graphic novel Jew Gangster (2005), also from DC Comics, but there’s a difference in how one recommend things right? I also encourage you not to buy any of the Before Watchmen comics, and this has nothing to do with the outrageous obituary, but with the original Moore story, that, if you read, enjoy and of course, understand; then you will nknow what this new series is nothing but a joke.

But then again you have the right to read and buy the Before Watchmen comics, don’t be ashamed, you are just inside the system. The tragic part is I don’t know why are you reading it, because obviously you didn’t get the joke in the first place.

Shame on you DC.


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