Joe Kubert: Celebrated comic book artist passes away at 85
Legendary comic book artist Joe Kubert has passed away in hospital at the age of 85.
After Watchmen illustrator Dave Gibbons offered confirmation from hospital sources, news of the creator's death broke over Twitter.
"Reliable source confirms that Joe Kubert had been in hospital and has passed away. So sorry to hear this. A great artist and a great man," Gibbons wrote.
It was followed by a tweet from Richard Bruning, husband of Vertigo executive editor Karen Berger: "Joe Kubert one of the finest men I've ever known Rest in peace, Joe."
World-renowned comic book artist, who also plied his trade as a writer and teacher, is best known for his work on DC Comics' Hawkman, as well as his influential military titles such as Sgt Rock.
Kubert's two sons Adam and Andy, with whom he collaborated, are also celebrated comic book artists. Joe and Andy recently worked together on the high-profile Before Watchmen: Nite Owl title.
In October, DC Comics will release the posthumous 'Joe Kubert Presents' one-shot.