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8/13/2012 11:31 AM RssIcon

Today, the comics industry mourns the passing of the legendary Joe Kubert, who created hundreds of comics during his illustrious career and inspired thousands more to do the same.

One of Kubert’s first professional gigs was inking Archie’s original artist, Bob Montana, leaving his stamp on Archie history before he was even old enough to drive.

I was twelve years old when I went up to MLJ, the forerunner of Archie Comics. Bob Montana was just finishing the penciling of an Archie story. At his request, I inked the story Bob had penciled. That was over 70 years ago, and I’m as thrilled today about that occurrence as I was so many years ago." – Joe Kubert (excerpt from The Best of Archie Comics: Book One)

In addition to his achievements as a creator, Kubert’s contributions go beyond his prolific output by founding The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in 1976 to pass on his craft to others. Alumni include current Archie artists Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz as well as Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito among many others.

The Archie family extends its deepest sympathies to the Kubert family.

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