All Stars: Classic X-Men // artwork by Adam Kubert (2012)
Artist Highlight // Adam Kubert (2012)
I have the highest respect for every artist featured in “Artist Highlight”, they have some incredible skills that bring characters that I love to life with the trace of a pencil, with Adam’s artwork however my admiration evolves to love without effort. Adam Kubert is my favorite artist, period. There’s no big turn around that one, this man along his brother has defined comic penciling into visual spectacles with dynamic art that showcase heroes as they are supposed to look. Adam stands out as the best storyteller of both with panels that defies the limit of the square box and go beyond requirement to make you feel the grandeur of these heroes and the epic challenges they face.
Adam started out as a letterer at the tender age of 12, he studied to be an artist and graduated with a degree as a medical illustrator, but it was his father, the legendary Joe Kubert who taught him everything at The Kubert School located in Dover, New Jersey. He has worked for both publishers in the past twenty years and while his body of work is not as large as most of other artists in the big leagues, he more than makes up for it with quality, imagining and experimental use of tools. I highly recommend his run in Incredible Hulk, Uncanny X-Men and the almost classic “Superman: Last Son” so you can see what I’m talking about.
Adam Kubert is the top artist in this industry for my money, he may be a slow one, but every comic drawn by this man is worth the time of reading and the appreciation of every line, every panel from beginning to end. His rendition of Wolverine is definitive to this character, even more so than Jim Lee’s. That’s how good this guy is for me.
P.s: by the time I write this, I’m finding out that Adam has a tumblr account, how cool is that?
Bizarro Superman // artwork by Adam Kubert (2010)
The JLA // pencils and inks by Adam Kubert, colors by Edgar Delgado (2008)
For those of you joining, it’s no secret that Adam Kubert is my favorite artist in life, here’s a sample of his work!
So I Read Today… Incredible Hulk #467 (vol.1)
Peter David has always been a prolific writer, this man knows how to write fiction and he’s damn good at it, that’s why Marvel trusted him with The Green Goliath for 12 years, but as always happens in the comic world, editorial interference got in the way of how Peter wanted to work, you see, in the late 90’s Marvel’s editorial team gave the mandate to David to write a big event around the character affecting the whole Marvel Universe, David, did not want to mess with another writers schedules and ideas on their books because of one crossover, so he refused to do so, Marvel punished him by kicking him out of the book he wrote with such passion for all those years.
Peter had worked with some of the best talent in the industry during his tenure on the book, from Gary Frank, to guys like Angel Medina, Greg Capullo and Todd Mcfarlane, his artist on the book at the time was the great Adam Kubert and together they cranked out this magazine as a swan song; in it an adult Rick Jones speaks to a reporter from the Daily Bugle (named Peter) about the last days of the Hulk and how Bruce Banner dealt with the loss of the woman he loved so much, it’s a tale of the death wish of one man versus the desire of survival of one monster and it would take Banner years to reconcile both and make peace with himself.
This is a book that gives closure to a long saga, for longtime readers this was his last Hulk issue, it’s a tearjerker, an effect that very few comics can achieve today, it’s a good farewell with the last words of a writer that until the end showed the love he had for the character, Peter David provides the words and Adam Kubert provides the pencils and inks for this one, along Steve Buscellatto on colors, you should read it!