September 18, 2017
Joe Kubert, Enemy Ace (Color Indicator), watercolor, 10 7/16 x 6 7/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1973.
Joe Kubert, born on this day in 1926, grew up in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York. He was an avid cartoonist from a young age, and received his first comic strip commission at barely twelve years old.
In 1965, Kubert and author Robert Kanigher published the first edition of the Enemy Ace series. Enemy Ace is an American cartoon featuring the fictional German fighter pilot, Hans von Hammer, during World War I and World War II. The series was published by DC Comics, the company behind other popular American comics such as Batman and Superman.