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Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert

By Bill Schelly

Joe Kubert’s extraordinary career spans the history of the comic book in America: he began drawing comics in 1938, just as Superman made his debut in Action Comics #1, and continues to be one of the most vital cartoonists working today, writing and drawing both mainstream comic book characters as well as, more recently, graphic novels of his own conception. Kubert made his name working for DC Comics on acclaimed series starring Sgt. Rock of Easy Co., Hawkman, Tarzan, and has worked on many of DC’s most commercially successful properties (Superman, Batman, Flash, et al.). Kubert has created comics for virtually every major publisher over an incredible 70 years in the business, including Marvel and EC. He started the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in the 1980s. In the 1990s, he wrote and drew his own graphic novels, including Fax from Sarajevo, which won the Will Eisner Comics Industry Award for Best Graphic Novel. He was subsequently inducted into both the Harvey Awards’ Jack Kirby Hall of Fame and the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.

Editorial Reviews
Tom Spurgeon – Comics Reporter
“Man of Rock gives you a sense of a life in comics very well lived. Bill Schelly’s sunny biography…captures for posterity Kubert’s winning, take-no-guff spirit.”

Steven Grant – ComicBook Resources
“Kubert’s story is basically the story of American comics.”

Richard Pachter – The Miami Herald
“Journeyman artist, editor, entrepreneur and educator gets his due in this smart and readable volume”

ComicBook Resources
“Kubert’s story is basically the story of American comics.”— Steven Grant

The Miami Herald
“Journeyman artist, editor, entrepreneur and educator gets his due in this smart and readable volume”— Richard Pachter

List Price: $19.99
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Fantagraphics (November 17, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1560979283
ISBN-13: 978-1560979289

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