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This cover will be Exhibit A in the Joe Kubert wing when the Blog into Mystery Museum of Awesome opens – Sgt. Rock #396

April 12, 2011


I realize I did a Sgt. Rock book several weeks ago, but I’m compelled to highlight the cover on this one as soon as possible. This feels a bit like a radio DJ playing a song twice in the same hour, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. 

This cover has a visceral power that words can’t fully quantify. The clenched fist of the older brother, his intense look of protective defiance, the vacant stare of the sister, her loose stocking…

You know what? I’ll shut up. This cover doesn’t need to be broken down. It speaks for itself.

There are times when I wonder what the goddamn point of this blog is. Sometimes I flip through some random Image title from the early 90s, or one of the weaker X-books from the same time period, and I question whether or not I’m wasting a small chunk of my life in reading and trying to think critically about all these thin, stapled little pieces of pop art. There’s so much junk out there. And then I see something like this staring back at me and I’m reassured. Re-energized. This cover is the kind of thing that lets a comic fan hold his head up high.

Kubert’s mastery of structure and his gritty inking style make him one of the truly great artists of all time, and that’s acutely true with his war comic work. They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can sure as hell judge a comic that way. Especially a Kubert-covered one.

It may be old news to some of you, but when the longtime New York Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard retired not too long ago, Derek Jeter had Sheppard record his usual introduction so it could introduce him until Jeter himself decided it was time to hang up the cleats. Now every time he comes to bat, even though Sheppard has since passed away, the soft, measured cadence of “Next up…the shortstop…Number 2…Derek Jeter” greets the Yankee Captain as he steps into the box.

What does this have to do with Kubert? This — I know Joe is still with us and going strong, and I hope he is for years to come, but it would be nice if they stored up a cache of Kubert images. That way, whenever there’s a new war-themed comic (or hell, anything) coming out into the far-distant future, a Kubert original could grace the cover.

Either that or make him a cyborg so he lives forever. I don’t care which.

As a postscript, I picked up the following “I…Vampire!” House of Mystery this past weekend — the little girl on the cover looks to be a not-too-distant cousin of the one above, no?:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. neill permalink
    April 12, 2011 6:22 pm

    I love Kubert. That’s all there is to say.

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