Joe Kubert (1926-2012)
August 12, 2012

We at AFi are saddened by the loss of Comic Book legend Joe Kubert

Eric “Cornboy Mayse wrote on his facebook page:

Without Joe Kubert and the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art there might never have been a Four Horsemen Toy Design Studios. That’s not to say that the other three Four Horsemen fellas wouldn’t have gone on to do something possibly even more phenomenal than we’ve been able to accomplish, but there definitely wouldn’t have been a Cornboy there to help out. Joe and his school were THE reasons that I moved my whole family hundreds of miles to New Jersey, accidentally acquired the nickname Cornboy from a Yugoslavian immigrant, stumbled into the part time (and later full time) job at McFarlane Toys, left there to co-found Four Horsemen Toy Design Studios, and finally had the honor of being able to help to create 6-inch scaled, plastic, 3D representations of some of the many DC Comics characters that Joe worked on for DC Comics over the years. I owe Joe, his school and many of the talented instructors who worked there at the time more than I could ever repay, and I personally know quite a few people who can say the same. Thanks, Joe. Rest in peace, good sir. A job well done.

Our thoughts are with the Kubert family.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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