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Joe Kubert passes at age 85
Comic legend Joe Kubert has passed away at age 85.
Like many cartoonists born in the 1920s, Kubert was a precocious drawer. He first drew around the home and in the neighborhood, encouraged by his family and neighbors. “I was really blessed and fortunate that I could pursue that which I loved to do,” Kubert told interviewer Gary Groth in 1994. “I recall that when I was a kid of three or four, I used to be given boxes of chalk by the neighborhood people — penny boxes of chalk, so I could draw in the gutters. They enjoyed seeing me draw.” Despite his parents sharing in a popular conception of the time not to let children pursue an activity for which there might not be future gainful employment, Kubert describes himself as lucky that his parents never deterred him in his artistic pursuits.