Monday Meet The Artist: Joe Rubinstein, Marvel Legend and Hall of Fame Inker
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September 14, 2020
Josef "Joe" Rubinstein set the record atMarvel Comics for inking more pencillers than any other inker in the publisher's history (and more than 2,500 comic books).read moreabout Monday Meet The Artist: Joe Rubinstein, Marvel Legend and Hall of Fame Inker
It was his experience across the roster of contributing artists that made him the best choice for inking the company's 1982 publication 'The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe'.More than 16 pencillers are credited in that book, but only one inker: Joe Rubinstein.
“Mark Gruenwald (Marvel's executive editor) said, ‘We’re doing this encyclopedia, and we would like you to ink as many of the figures as you want.’ And I said, ‘I’ll ink all of them,’ which turned into a gold mine and a godsend.”
A hall of fame comic book artist whose storied career spans more than four decades, the notable credits of Joe Rubinstein include iconic work: the 1982 Wolverine mini-series, the Infinity Gauntlet series and The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.
Joe is known to be the artist to have given artist Art Adams (the Uncanny X-Men) his first professional work and nurtured the careers of Kyle Baker (Plastic Man), Jose Marzan Jr. (The Flash) and Dale Keown (The Incredible Hulk).
Giordano mentored a 17 year-old Joe in the art of inking, having the aspiring artist practice on photocopies of pencils for a backup feature in 'Kamandi' #45-46. Joe was eventually given the opportunity to ink the story himself.
Joe was a member of The Crusty Bunkers (with Bob McLeod), a group of comic book inkers clustered around Neal Adams' and Dick Giordano's New York City-based art and design agency Continuity Studios from 1972 to 1977.
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In 1982 Joe’s work for the Wolverine mini-series (written by Chris Claremont and pencilled by Frank Miller) drew acclaim and earned him the opportunity to ink the complete Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe; one of Joe’s proudest achievements.
In 2003, Joe was the recipient of the Haxtur Award from the Salón Internacional del Cómic del Principado de Asturias, Spain.
In 2004, Joe Rubinstein was the recipient of the prestigious Eisner Award for best humor publication for DC’s ‘Formerly Known as the Justice League’.
In 2016, Joe was inducted into the Joe Sinnott Inkwell Awards Hall of Fame, for a lifetime of achievement and outstanding accomplishment.
Today, Joe currently enjoys exploring painting techniques and creating portraits.
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