Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Joe Kubert & Moebius: R.I.P.

One of my earliest memories of comics is a page advert for Joe Kubert School of Arts. It featured a savage land character (a cross between Conan and Ka-zar). The pose and brush strokes on that simple illustration stayed with me. Part of it is still being used today.
I was really sad to hear about the passing of the comic book juggernaut over the weekend. But at the same time, I felt a sense of satisfaction for him. This man lived doing what he loved and started at an early age too. Joe Kubert was a professional through and through. I remember reading my copy of Fax from Sarajevo in the 90s. That is the most memorable non-fiction comic work I have ever read. His most popular work is arguably his run on the DC title- Sgt. Rock. 

Not only has he mentored so many people over the years, but he bequeathed the comics industry with two highly skilled sons- Andy and Adam Kubert. He will truly be missed even by those of us he touched from far away. He was less than a month from his 86th birthday when he passed. Rest in peace, Joe Kubert. 

I received a phone call from a professional friend March this year informing me of the passing of Jean Giraud, the famed comic book master and creator of Lt. Blueberry graphic novels

His greatest impact is notably as Moebius, creator of abstract Sci Fi influenced works like INCAL. 

He was also involved in designs for movies like Aliens and TRON. He was a vissionary who has effectively influenced how pop culture visualises aliens and alien civilisations. Moebius passed after a battle with cancer. He was 73 years. He is missed. 

These men were masters of the craft whose works have influenced me since my youth. I owe them a debt of gratitude.