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Review: Jew Gangster

Jew Gangster

Robert DeNiro and his connection to gangster movies are as synonymous as the name Xerox and photocopy. One of his earliest movie was Mean Streets which chronicled how a small-time hood worked his way up the ranks. Of course, he would go on to make even more gangster movies with Martin Scorsese. One of his best being Goodfellas, which some consider the prototypical gangster movie.

DeNiro even played a young Vito Corleone in what some consider Francis Ford Coppola’s best movie, The Godfather Part II. The one movie that most people forget he was in and is considered an excellent movie in its own right, Once Upon a Time in America, directed by the late great Sergio Leone. What some may not know, if they never saw the movie, is that he played a Jewish gangster by the name of Noodles. His talent as a chameleon is put to great use throughout the movie. In Joe Kubert’s excellent Jewish Gangster, we get a tale much like Leone’s classic, but with its own flavor.

We meet Ruby, a young man growing up in New York who sees a gangster, Monk Greenberg, kill a man, just because he owed him. Somehow what he saw fascinated him, this leads him seeking out Monk, and rapidly becoming entrenched in this world, by running small errands at first. Increasingly, as his life becomes more part of the underworld, his relationship with his family, eventually disintegrates. Ruby would go on to rise through the ranks, becoming his own man, and becoming as respected as Monk. Ruby would reunite with his family shortly after his father’s death, leading him to some very bad decisions and dalliances with death. By book’s end, a couple of betrayals leaves everyone blind, Ruby finally gets what matters most in life, the love of family.

Overall, a harrowing and epic tale of coming of age in a world filled with gangsters where staying true to yourself can be the hardest thing to do. The story by Kubert is engrossing and smart. The art by Kubert and Pete Carlsson is vivid and awe inspiring. Altogether, one of Kubert’s best works that reads like one of America’s greatest novels.

Story: Joe Kubert Art: Joe Kubert and Pete Carlsson
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy


The Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award, the Joe Kubert Future Storyteller Scholarship, and the Joe Kubert Jumpstart Project Announced

Iconic comic book artist Joe Kubert—and his commitment to teaching the next generation of comic book creators—will be honored with a major new award and two scholarship programs announced today. The first ever Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award will be awarded at the second annual Comic Con Revolution, to be held May 19 & 20 at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, CA.

The Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award is designed to recognize outstanding comic book creators who exemplify both Joe Kubert’s artistic talent and his commitment to nurturing the comic book community. In addition, the Joe Kubert Future Storyteller Scholarship is being established by Atomic Crush Events for first and second year students of The Kubert School, while the Joe Kubert Jumpstart Project will help graduates begin their career. The Kubert School will determine the recipient of the scholarship and jumpstart project based on merit and honors. The recipient of the Joe Kubert Jumpstart Project will be named by the school at this year’s graduation and the Joe Kubert Future Storyteller Scholarship will go into effect next year, allowing students to apply for the scholarship. The award and scholarship program were announced by The Kubert School in tandem with Atomic Crush Events, which runs Comic Con Revolution and will host the annual Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award Ceremony.

The recipient of the Joe Kubert Future Storyteller Scholarship will receive a one-time scholarship. Funding for the first annual Joe Kubert Future Storyteller Scholarship is provided by matching contributions from Atomic Crush Events, GeekChic Promotions, Storm King Comics and Superfan Promotions. Interested individuals and companies can also contribute to the scholarship program. The scholarship recipients will be announced later this year.

The recipient of the Joe Kubert Jumpstart Project will receive an artist alley table at any of the Comic Con Revolution events for one year and credit with SGX Print to create a pop-up banner and a limited print run of comic or art books. Storm King Comics’ Sandy King Carpenter will review the winning graduates’ portfolio, and Superfan Promotions will consult the winner of the award on how to best promote their work.

Widely beloved and acknowledged as one of the greatest comic book artists, Joe Kubert is most frequently associated with his work on Hawkman and Sgt Rock for DC Comics, his illustrations of Tarzan, and his gripping war stories. As The New York Times wrote after his death in 2012, “Mr. Kubert was often described as a war artist, but as he made clear in interviews and in his work, it was far more accurate to call him an antiwar artist. His distinctive visual style—raw, powerful and unstinting in emotional immediacy—was ideally suited to capturing the brutality of battle, and capture it he did, over more than a half-century.”

In 1976, Kubert and his wife Muriel established The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover, NJ. Today, The Kubert School is the country’s only accredited trade school for comic-book artists, offering students a comprehensive three-year program. The first graduating class of 1978 included bestselling Swamp Thing artist Stephen R. Bissette, Tarzan artist Thomas Yeates, and Rick Veitch, creator of The One. Alumni include artists Kevin Colden, Amanda Conner, Shane Davis, Jan Duursema, Scott Kolins, Steve Lieber, Alex Maleev, Tom Mandrake, Rags Morales, Tom Raney, Bart Sears, Eric Shanower, and Timothy Truman; writer and inker Karl Kesel, Eisner award-nominated Jared K. Fletcher; acclaimed colorist Matt Hollingsworth; DC Comics VP of Manufacturing Administration Nick Napolitano, and Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito. Current faculty include his sons, the bestselling artists Adam and Andy Kubert, Mike Chen, Jan Duursema and others.

Preview: We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust

We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust

Rafael Medoff, Craig Yoe (w) • Neal Adams, Stan Lee, Joe Kubert (a) • Neal Adams (c)

Classic comic book stories about the Holocaust and interviews with their artists and writers, with a cover drawn especially for this book by Neal Adams. An amazing but forgotten chapter in comics history! Long before the Holocaust was taught in schools or presented in films such as Schindler’s List, the youth of America was learning about the Nazi genocide from Batman, the X-Men, Captain America, and Sgt. Rock. Comics legend Neal Adams, Holocaust scholar Rafael Medoff, and comics historian Craig Yoe bring together a remarkable collection of comic book stories that introduced an entire generation to an engaging and important subject. We Spoke Out is an extraordinary journey into a compelling topic.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 280 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-888-5

Preview: Haunted Love, Vol. 1

Haunted Love, Vol. 1

Various (w) • Nick Cardy, Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, Lin Streeter, Sheldon Moldoff (a) • Bernard Baily (c)

Haunted Love is the unholy spawn of Haunted Horror and Weird Love, the critically acclaimed series by Yoe Books!

HC • FC • $24.99 • 144 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-826-7

Preview: The Best of DC War Artist’s Edition HC

The Best of DC War Artist’s Edition HC

Robert Kanigher, various (w) • Russ Heath, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, John Severin & Alex Toth (a) • Joe Kubert (c)

DC Comics produced some of the very finest war comics ever, and by some of the best artists in the field. This spectacular Artist’s Edition will include an amazing selection of stories by the best of the best: Heath, Kirby, Kubert, Severin, and Toth—a veritable pantheon of classic war artists doing what they do best. As with all Artist’s Editions, these complete stories are scanned from the original art work and reproduced to the exacting standards that has garnered IDW five consecutive Eisner Awards for the Artist’s Edition series. If you are a fan of Classic DC war comics you cannot afford to miss this incredible book!

HC • BW • $75.00 net discount item • 160 Pages • 12” x 17” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-547-1

best of DC war cover

NYCC 2015: The Best of DC War Artist’s Edition

DC Comics produced some of the very finest war comics ever with art by some of the best artists in the field. This spectacular 160 page 12”x17”Artist’s Edition will include an amazing selection of stories by the best of the best: Russ Heath, Jack Kirby, Joe KubertJohn Severin, and Alex Toth—a veritable pantheon of classic war artists doing what they do best. As with all Artist’s Editions, these complete stories are scanned from the original artwork and reproduced to the exacting standards that has garnered IDW five consecutive Eisner Awards for the Artist’s Edition series. If you are a fan of Classic DC war comics, you cannot afford to miss this incredible book!


IDW Announces Details for Joe Kubert’s Tarzan of The Apes Artist’s Edition

Joe Kubert’s Tarzan of the Apes: Artist’s Edition is scheduled to be in comic book stores the last week of September. Collecting the entire four-part origin story of Tarzan, as well as two single part adventures, all adapted by Joe Kubert from the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs stories.

Additionally, a signed, numbered, and remarqued version will be released in October and is only available through IDW Publishing. Limited to 181 copies, and each with a unique head sketch of Tarzan by Joe Kubert, IDW will donate $50.00 from each copy sold of this special edition to a scholarship fund in Joe’s name established at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon Art.

Both the regular and remarqued edtions are available for pre-order now.

Pre-order the regular edition here.

Pre-order the limited, remarqued edition here.

What is an Artist’s Edition? Artist’s Editions are printed the same size as the original art. While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in COLOR to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for example, you are able to clearly see paste-overs, blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, art corrections. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.


Around the Tubes

I took the weekend off, so a nice extended post this morning with news and reviews you might have missed this weekend.

Around the Blogs:

CBC – How the graphic novel has become a teaching toolMore coverage of comics being used in education.

Arts Beat – Graphic Books Best Sellers: Sex, Violence and Intrigue in ‘Scalped’The New York Times has a list of best sellers.

Examiner – Comics Legend Joe Kubert Passes AwayAnother giant lost.

Around the Tubes Reviews:

CBR – American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #3

Talking Comics – Batman #12

Read Comic Books – Complex #1

Talking Comics – Creator-Owned Heroes #3

Talking Comics – The Creep #0

Poisoned Rationality – Fables Deluxe Volume 3

Talking Comics – Fairest #6

Seattle Pi – Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Happy Prince

Read Comic Books – Fury Max #5

Christopher East – Petrograd

ICv2 – Secret of the Stone Frog

Talking Comics – The Sensational Spider-Man #33.1

Otakus Geeks – The Wizard Of Oz

Think Hero – Comic Book Reviews – “ink Hero” Batman #12, Spider-Men #4, Punk Rock Jesus #2 (VIDEO)

Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes Back Joe Kubert!

Baltimore Comic-Con 2012 logo

Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes Back Joe Kubert!

Joe Kubert Nite OwlBALTIMORE, MARYLAND – May 26, 2012 –  The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to announce the addition of comic legend Joe Kubert to the growing line-up of creators attending this year’s show, taking place September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Kubert began his career in 1939 at the age of 13, working as an unofficial apprentice at MLJ Studios (what would eventually become Archie Comics). Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, he made a name for himself at DC Comics working on such characters as Hawkman and Sgt. Rock. Aside from his art duties on several books at DC, Kubert also served as the company’s Director of Publications from 1967-1976.

In addition to being one of the most influential creators who began his career during the Golden Age of Comics, Kubert is also the founder of The Kubert School – a school dedicated to teaching the principles of sequential art and storytelling. Since its opening in 1976, Kubert has taught hundreds of students who have gone on to have successful careers in the comic industry, including his two sons, Andy and Adam.

Recently, Kubert contributed a new Sgt. Rock story to the highly-lauded Wednesday Comics (DC Comics) in 2009, as well as drawing the lenticular cover to Craig Yoe’s Amazing 3-D Comics in 2011. Along with Andy Kubert, Joe is currently working on DC Comics’ highly anticipated Before Watchmen: Nite Owl.

Kubert was inducted into the Harvey Awards’ Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1997 and received the Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album or Original Work and an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: New for Fax from Sarajevo the same year. In addition, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1998. He also received the Harvey Awards’ Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

“We are absolutely delighted have the legendary Joe Kubert attending our show again this year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “His inspiration and impact on the industry continues to be felt through not only his work, but the work of those who were trained through the Kubert School.”

In addition to Kubert, other confirmed guests for the show including: Laura & Michael Allred (Madman, iZombie); Brian Bolland (Dial H, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland); Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn); Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows); Steve Conley (Bloop webcomic www.bloopstree.com); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen:  Silk Spectre); Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.); Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys); Rich Faber (Roboy Red); David Finch (Batman:  The Dark Knight); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman); Keith Giffen (Superman, O.M.A.C., Green Arrow); Gene Ha (Justice League); Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam); Cully Hamner (Action Comics); Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City); Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray); J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage); Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four); Scott Kurtz (PvPonline.com); David Mack (Kabuki); Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo); Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman); Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men); Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin); John Romita, Jr. (Avengers vs. X-Men); Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge); Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot); Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers); Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Scott Snyder (Batman, Severed, Swamp Thing); Brian Stelfreeze (ICE); Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin); Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi); Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel); Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredeemable); and Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein).

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 8th.

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About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 7 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

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