My First Comic Book

Joe Kubert died yesterday, August 12,  and frankly I’m still stunned by the news.  Above is the cover to the first comic book I owned- given to me because of my childhood obsession with Tarzan.  That issue, in turn, began an obsession with comics and an undying love of Joe Kubert’s work.  His beautiful pen and brush style bonded permanently with my “aesthetic DNA”.  Decades later, my long-boxes are bristling with DC comics I bought only because they had Kubert covers.  Decades from now, they will use various words when referring to Joe Kubert: Giant, Legend, Innovator, Teacher, Father, Artist- and they’ll all be true.