It's a bit embarrassing that it's taken me this long to post about it, but legendary comics creator Joe Kubert passed away this last weekend at the age of 85. Joe was a Golden Age artist, his first credited professional work coming in 1942 (rumors persist that he'd actually been doing uncredited work dating back to 1937, inking when he was only eleven years old).
Joe's legacy is far, far more than just his body of work, as substantial as that is (and it really is, dating from World War 2 all the way up through the time of his passing, when he was inking one of the Before Watchmen titles).
In the 1960s, he founded the only accredited school for comic book artists, The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, a place that has graduated numerous high profile creators (too numerous to begin mentioning).
In addition to that, his two sons, Andy and Adam, are both superstar artists in their own right.
With a legacy like that, Joe Kubert is in rare company indeed. His influence on the industry, through his own work and characters, his sons, and the school he founded, cannot be overstated. Comics would not be where they are today without Joe Kubert.