Yesterday, the comic book industry lost one of it’s legends when writer, artist, and teacher Joe Kubert passed away at the age of 85. The news first came from ‘Watchmen’ artist Dave Gibbons on Twitter (via CBR) when he said, “Reliable source confirms that Joe Kubert had been in hospital and has passed away. So sorry to hear this. A great artist and a great man.”

With a career spanning many decades, Kubert is best known for his work with DC Comics characters Sgt. Rock and Hawkman during the Golden Age of comics, in addition to adapting the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan for comics. The Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame member  is also known as one of the great teachers of the comic art form, producing acclaimed artists for generations from The Kubert School in New Jersey, including his own sons, Adam and Andy, both of which he’s collaborated with professionally, most recently the current  ‘Before Watchmen: Nite Owl’ series with Andy.

The blog for DC Comics had this to say about the passing of Kubert this morning:

“We are saddened to learn of the death of our colleague and friend Joe Kubert. An absolute legend in the industry, his legacy will live on through his remarkable talent, with his sons and with the many artists who have passed through the storied halls of his celebrated school.  An important member of the DC Comics family, Joe made an indelible mark on the entire DC Comics universe including his renowned and award-winning work on iconic characters such as Sgt. Rock, Enemy Ace, Hawkman and most recently Nite Owl.  We are so honored to have worked side-by-side with such an unforgettable force in both comics and in life.”

October’s one-shot titled ‘Joe Kubert Presents’ for DC is likely to be Kubert’s final solo work. The 48-page book will feature a Hawkman story written and drawn by Kubert, plus an “Angel and the Ape” story by Brian Buniak and a new “U.S.S. Stevens” tale by Sam Glanzman.

My condolences go out to Joe’s friends and family. May he rest in peace.

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