Joe Kubert (September 18, 1926 - August 12 2012) was an American comic book artist who went on to found The Kubert School. He is best known for his work on the DC Comics characters Sgt. Rock and Hawkman. His sons, Andy Kubert and Adam Kubert, have themselves become successful comic-book artists.
When I was growing up, Kubert was one of the first artists that I could recognize his work on sight. That came from reading many many issues of DC's Tarzan and Sgt Rock comics. What I most admired about Kubert, however, was that he created a cutting edge art school that exclusively taught the art of the comic book. He dedicated the last third of his life to mentoring the next generation of artists. I have heard stories about how difficult he made it for his kids when they, themselves, attended his school. That attitude gave us Andy and Adam Kubert - also two of the greats so maybe the old man knew a little something about the art of the comic book. He was a contemporary and friend of the great Wil Eisner. Like Jack Kirby, his likes will never pass this way again. A giant.
You can read a great article about Joe's life by going HERE.