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I don’t know if a lot of you guys are classic comic fans, but one of the greats died yesterday. I was lucky enough to meet him a couple of times in the early ’90s while attending his school: Joe Kubert School of Comics and Graphic Arts.

Joe Kubert was one of the youngest professional comic artists at 11 1/2 (in 1938) and kept working up until he died. There’s not many people in any profession who have ever worked that hard for so long…

On the forst day of school we attended the only assembly and it was Joe talking for about an hour. He was a gruff old man who told all the soon-to-be-students that almost everyone that goes to the school fails. It’s an impossible amount of hard work, but if you can’t do it, you should give up. They were the perfect words to hear! To some people it inspired them to give up, some to live in denial, and some to work super hard. The people that made it through went on to do great stuff!

Thanks Joe for the kick in the butt! You’ll be missed.

Here’s a video of him drawing with Moebius and Neal Adams from ’72: