Monday, March 3, 2014

Recently Read: Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert, by Bill Schelly

Schelly's biography of one of the most influential and accomplished cartoonists is definitive - I can't imagine another will be needed.

Kubert lived a life necessarily made somewhat unexciting due to the prodigious hours required at the drawing board to create a lifetime's worth of professional cartooning. From a cartoonist and comic reader's point of view, however, Kubert's life was indeed adventurous. From his early dealings, at the age of 11 and 12, with the first comic book companies in existence, to his founding of the Joe Kubert School, late period graphic novels and amazing work accomplished in between, Kubert lived a fulfilling and visionary life. 

Man of Rock is a little too fawning and redundant in places, especially towards the end; small criticisms which can't hurt the integrity of this well-researched book. Kubert's work on characters like Tarzan, Tor, Sgt. Rock and Hawkman have brought joy to hundreds of thousands of readers and Man of Rock is a great resource for those wanting to know more about the person who drew them so masterfully.
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