Legendary Artist Joe Kubert Passes Away At 85

Update: DC Comics has posted its official statement regarding Kubert's passing:

"We are saddened to learn of the death of our colleague and friend Joe Kubert. An absolute legend in the industry, his legacy will not only live on with his sons, but with the many artists who have passed through the storied halls of his celebrated school. His latest work on BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL was among his best, and we are so honored to have worked side-by-side with such an unforgettable force in both comics and in life." - DC Entertainment Executive Team

According to his son David, comics legend and founder of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Joe Kubert has died at 85. Kubert is best known for his work on various DC Comics characters most notably "Sgt. Rock."

Kubert began work at DC in the 1940's on "Leading Comics" and worked consistently until recently, teaming with his son Andy on the "Before Watchmen" title "Nite Owl." In 1976, with his wife Muriel, Kubert founded what is known as The Kubert School in Dover, New Jersey, creating an essential stop for a future generation of comics artists.

We had the great opportunity of speaking with both Joe and Andy about their work together on the "Before Watchmen: Nite Owl":

"Mad Man" creator Mike Allred shared this great piece of art from Kubert on his blog this morning. He said:

I'm stunned in learning of the passing of Joe Kubert. While Joe was there almost from the very beginning of the comic book industry, he seemed as ageless as his work is timeless. He never lost a beat. What a loss to everyone. Of course, most especially to his wonderful family. But what a legacy. What an incredible phenomenal astounding legacy.

Joe Kubert is also the father of Marvel artist Adam Kubert, with whom we chatted with about his work on "Avengers vs. X-Men."

Joe Kubert would have turned 86 on September 18. He will be missed.