NEWARK, N.J. — Joe Kubert, a groundbreaking comic artist and educator best known for co-creating DC Comics’ iconic Sgt. Rock character, has died. He was 85.
Kubert died Sunday, according to the Kubert School in Dover, N.J., which he founded in 1976 to train and teach illustrators and artists. The school did not disclose a location or cause of death.
Kubert co-created Sgt. Frank Rock, a World War II hero with a dangerously accurate shot, an uncanny ability to survive numerous war rounds and who led his patrols with a fierce sense of duty and courage. Kubert also co-created Tor, a prehistoric strongman, and reinvigorated Hawkman, who flew above New York City, fighting crime with a mace.
Kubert was known for his war comics and expressionistic drawings of macho men, muscles rippling as they performed heroics.
Kubert was born in Poland in 1926. He came to the United States as a baby and grew up in Brooklyn.