Kubert is considered one of the most estimable and famous comic book artists. His life's work spans about seven decades, and his professional history includes the characters Hawkman, Tarzan and Sgt. Rock.
In honor of his visit, his first exhibition outside the United States will be showcased at the Holon museum. During his visit, Kubert will meet with the wide public, hold a symposium for artists and take part in events at the city's Mediatheque complex.
Cover of 'Tarzan' illustrated by Kubert
Kubert, who worked with the biggest comics companies like Marvel, DC and Eclipse Comics, was born to a Jewish family in Poland in 1926. His family immigrated to New York at the age of two months.
He got his first paying job as a cartoonist at the age of 11. "Five dollars a page. In 1938, that was a lot of money," he said.
Kubert's career is one of the richest and most diverse in the global field of comics: He draws, writes and teaches. In 1976 he founded the School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in New Jersey.
Since then and to this day, he trains the field's next generation with a busy and strict program. Many of the leading artists in the industry have studied in his school. In the past decade, Kubert has been focusing on producing graphic novels.
"Kubert is a cartoon legend," says Dorit Maya Gur, chairwoman of the Israeli association of comics creators. "He is very interested in what is happening in the field of comics in Israel, and this is the first time he visits Israel and displays an exhibition here. He is very excited about it."
Kubert's visit to Israel is being sponsored by the US Embassy in Israel, the Holon Municipality, the Israeli Cartoon Museum, the Holon Mediatheque cultural center and Misheknot Sha'ananim in Jerusalem.
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