Born: 1926 September 18 in Yzeran, Poland

Died: 2012 August 12 in Morristown, New Jersey, United States

Biography: Joe Kubert was a comics artist and editor, art teacher, and founder of The Kubert School.

He is well-known for his work on the DC characters ‘Sgt. Rock’ and ‘Hawkman’ and for his own creations, such as ‘Tor’, ‘Son of Sinbad’, and ‘Viking Prince’. With writer Robin Moore, he created the syndicated strip ‘Tales of the Green Beret’.

He was born in Poland in an area now part of the Ukraine and his family emigrated to the US two months later. As a young teenager he began essentially apprenticing in the new comic-book industry.

He worked with the Chesler Studio and had work in titles from Holyoke, Quality, MLJ (now Archie), and others.

In 1942, he began his life-long association with DC by drawing features such as ‘Johnny Quick’, ‘Hawkman’, and ‘Sargon the Sorceror’.

In the mid-1950s, following his military service, he was managing editor at St. John. There he, his high-school friend Norman Maurer, and Norman’s brother Leonard Maurer produced the first 3-D comic books. He created ‘Tor’ there in 1954.

From the early 1960s, Kubert was a central figure in the Silver Age revival of DC. He worked on seminal features such as ‘Viking Prince’ and co-created a new version of ‘Hawkman’ with writer Gardner Fox.

He and writer Robert Kanigher produced a large body of war stories, including the ‘Sgt. Rock’ stories and the memorable character ‘Enemy Ace’.

From 1967 to 1976, he was the Director of Publications at DC. When DC acquired the license to Edgar Rice Burroughs' properties in 1972, Kubert’s art defined the look of both “Tarzan” and “Korak, Son of Tarzan”.

In 1976 he and Muriel Kubert, his wife, established The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover, New Jersey. Now called simply The Kubert School, it has developed a reputation for a demanding and intensive curriculum.

Kubert continued creating and teaching throughout his life. His honors include multiple Alley Awards and National Cartoonists Society Awards, and 1997 Eisner and Harvey awards for “Fax from Sarajevo”.

He was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame (Harvey Awards) in 1997 and the Will Eisner Awards Hall of Fame in 1998. He received the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cartoonists Society in 2009.

Comics creators Adam Kubert (born 6 October 1959) and Andy Kubert (born 27 February 1962) are his sons. Comics editor Katie Kubert is his granddaughter.

Notes: To be confirmed against the Who's Who entry.

The World Encyclopedia of Comics gives Kubert's birthplace as New York City.

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    Joe Kubert Type: Common Alternative Name

Other Names:

  1. Joseph Kubert Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Joseph Family name: Kubert


  1. High School of Art and Design [NYC] 1939 to 1942


  1. Frank Thorne [generic]
  2. J. Kubert [generic]
  3. JK [generic]
  4. Joe [generic]
  5. Joe Kubert [generic]
  6. Joe Kubert
  7. Joe Kubert (brush strokes)
  8. Joe Kubert (small b)
  9. Joe Kubert [short k]
  10. Kubert [generic]


  1. 1963: Alley Awards - Artist Preferred on Sea Devils
  2. 1969: Alley Awards - Special Award
  3. 1974: National Cartoonist Society Awards (NCS Awards) - Story Comic Book Division
  4. 1977: Inkpot Award - [no name]
  5. 1980: National Cartoonist Society Awards (NCS Awards) - Story Comic Book Division
  6. 1994: Premios Haxtur (Haxtur Awards) - Author That We Loved
  7. 1997: Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award - [no name]
  8. 1997: Harvey Award - Jack Kirby Hall of Fame - Lifetime Achievement
  9. 1997: UK Comic Art Award - Career Achievement Award
  10. 1998: Eisner Award - Hall of Fame
  11. 1999: Pantera di Lucca Comics (Lucca Comics' Panther Award) - Best Comic Collection
  12. 2004: Premios Haxtur (Haxtur Awards) - Best Drawing
  13. 2007: Hero Initiative Awards - Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award
  14. 2009: National Cartoonist Society Awards (NCS Awards) - Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award
  15. 2011: Inkwell Awards - Ambassador
  16. 2012: Hero Initiative Awards - Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award
  17. 2015: Inkwell Awards - The Sinnott Hall of Fame Award

Art Influences:

Joe Kubert (b. 1926) stated influences by:
  1. Michelangelo
  2. Milton Caniff
  3. Rembrandt
  4. Rubens
  5. Hal Foster (b. 1892)
  6. Mort Meskin (b. 1916)
  7. Alex Raymond (b. 1909)
Influences by Joe Kubert (b. 1926) were stated by:
  1. Neal Adams (b. 1941)
  2. Joe Bennett (b. 1968)
  3. Stephen R. Bissette (b. 1955)
  4. Jon Bogdanove (b. 1958)
  5. June Brigman (b. 1960)
  6. Sal Buscema (b. 1936)
  7. Sergio Cariello (b. 1964)
  8. Michael Chen (b. 1955)
  9. Dan Day (b. 1956)
  10. Jeff Dee (b. 1961)
  11. Francisco Di Amorim (b. 197?)
  12. Felipe Echevarria (b. 1959)
  13. Maarten Gerritsen (b. 1977)
  14. Don Glut (b. 1944)
  15. Tom Grindberg (b. 1961)
  16. Phil Hester (b. 1966)
  17. Bruce Jones (b. 1944)
  18. Gary Kwapisz (b. 1961)
  19. Ken Leach (b. 1947)
  20. Steve Lieber (b. 1967)
  21. Lee Marrs (b. 1945)
  22. Grant Miehm (b. 1960)
  23. Graham Nolan (b. 1962)
  24. Dan Panosian (b. 1969)
  25. Joe Rubinstein (b. 1958)
  26. Cara Sherman (b. 1952)
  27. Tom Smith (b. 1956)
  28. Neil Vokes (b. 1954)
  29. Mike Vosburg (b. 1947)
  30. Lee Weeks (b. 1962)
  31. Ray Zone (b. 1947)


  1. National Cartoonist Society Type: member


  1. Parent of - Adam Kubert (b. 1959)
  2. Parent of - Andy Kubert (b. 1962)
  3. Relative - Emma Kubert (b. 1994)
    Notes: Emma is the granddaughter of Joe.
  4. Relative - Katie Kubert (b. 1984)
    Notes: Katie is the granddaughter of Joe.