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Jim Aparo

Jim Aparo portrait from Brave and Bold 124

Jim Aparo, self-portrait from Brave and the Bold 124, in which Aparo and writer Bob Haney join the story in order to save Batman from terrorists.


Batman the Batbeast - Jim Aparo Art Manbat


Jim Aparo art - Phantom Stranger

Jim Aparo art - The Phantom Stranger


Brave and the Bold Covers, Jim Aparo

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Selction of Jim Aparo Brave and the Bold Covers


Jim Aparo

August 24, 1932 – July 19, 2005

Jim Aparo: Aparo is typically listed as one of the foremost Batman artists from the 1970s. He worked on every Batman book DC Comics had at the time, and was a 'utility player' who often filled in when there was a lapse between regular artists on a Batman book (Aparo himself was usually doing the month-to-month at Brave and the Bold). This was while Aparo was simultaneously contributing to DC mystery books and doing covers for other characters (he even jumped back in to doing Aquaman for a while in 1977, all while still shouldering Brave and the Bold.)

Aparo is also particularly known for his run at Adventure Comics doing a revitalized Spectre that was closer to the original Jerry Siegel conception (Aparo's version - scripted by Michael Fleisher - was far and away more violent than what was normal in the superhero books of the 1970s.)

Aparo was associated so closely with Aquaman it was Aparo artwork used to depict Aquaman for the 2006 DC Comics stamps from the United States postal Service.

Aquaman by Jim Aparo Stamp 2006


Jim Aparo, 1980

Detective COmics 497 Jim Aparo

Batgirl in jail, Detective Comics #497, December 1980.


Early Career

Jim Aparo got his start in comics doing work for editor Dick Giordano at Charlton Comics in 1966. His first credited work as a professional comic book artist was either drawing the adventures of "Miss Bikini Luv" for "Go Go" comics or it was for "Teen Tunes" magazine in 1967 - - I have seen claims going both ways.

Aside from Neal Adams, Jim Aparo is generally considered the dominant Batman artist from the bronze era.

Aparo was particularly the driving force behind the popularity of Brave and the Bold at DC Comics.


Jim Aparo on the cover of Brave and the Bold 124

Jim Aparo appears on the cover of Brave and the Bold #124

Story includes Brave and the Bold scriptor Bob Haney, artist Jim Aparo, and editor Murray Boltinoff.

The trio of DC Comics staffers join the tale when terrorists from "The Thousand" exit the comic book story and hold Jim Aparo hostage in order to force him to kill off Batman.

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Aquman and Batman fight - Jim Aparo - 1974

Jim Aparo cover art: Batman and Supergirl

Supergirl and Batman by Jim Aparo

See the cover from Brave and the Bold #160, May 1980 cover date, enlarged


Jim Aparo Article in Back Issue Magazine issue 50

Back Issue Jim Aparo

[Above: Cover to issue #50 of Back Issue magazine from TwoMorrows Publishing.]

The "Batman Bronze Age" issue leads off with an editorial about Jim Aparo written by Michael Eury, which contains praise for Aparo's 1970s work, and speculates how much a bigger name Aparo might have become if he had stretched out beyond DC Comics. Along with several pages of lovingly chronicled issues of Aparo's 70s work, Eury gently raises the issue of Aparo's decline later in skills:

"If you discovered Jim Aparo after the early to mid- 1970s, you may not share my passion for his work. When scheduling permitted him to comfortably draw one comic per month (he generally alternated between two bimonthlies), Aparo's artwork was lush and memorizing. Once he became a DC commodity and was expected to produce at a quicker pace, his art lost a little of its luster. By the late '80s, as DC's main Bat-artist, Aparo was relegated to penciling. With all due respect to his embellishers, no one inked Jim Aparo better than Jim Aparo. That, coupled with the artist's advancing age and declining proficiency, made the latter body of Aparo's work seem like a pale imitation of that from his prime."

Aparo's later work is often marred by shortcuts and lack of attention to details, once one of Aparo's main hallmarks. His style became 'cartoony' and had a placid sameness. A thorough biography of the man might help explain what happened, something that hasn't been done yet, to my knowledge, only the drip-drop of short articles (like this one) which address in miniature the career of a comics artist who deserves a longer examination.

The August 2011 issue of Back Issue has a cover price of $8.95. Issue also features Neal Adams and Denny O'Neil, a feature on Ernie Chus (Chan), Bob Rozakis, Len Wein, and the Frank Miller Dark Knight Returns.


Aquaman team-up with Batman

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Brave and the Bold Issue #111 "The Strangest Team-Up in History"

Jim Aparo - Brave and the Bold Joker Teamup

The Cover of Issue #111 of Brave and the Bold with Jim Aparo Art

Page 14 of Issue #111 of Brave and the Bold with Jim Aparo Art

Brave and the Bold #111 Splash Page


Go Go Comics: Miss Bikini Luv

[Below: Issue #7 of Go-Go from Charlton, which had an Aparo story on the inside]
Charlton Comics Go GO #7

[Below: Jim Aparo cartoon art of "Funny and Chair" from "Teen Tunes", 1967.]Funny and Chair Jim Aparo
See more of this at the Jim Aparo Fan Club blog.


Jim Aparo / Michael Fleisher DC Comics
The Spectre - Adventure Comics #431

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Jim Aparo - Spectre art - Adventure Comics 431

Jim Aparo - The Spectre


Jim Aparo: Brave and The Bold Volume 2 from DC Comics

Jim Aparo Batman

Jim Aparo book THE ART OF JIM APARO was announced in 2005 by twomorrows publishing.

DC Comics has come out with a second volume collection of old Brave and the Bold comics. Part of their low budget black and white "Showcase" series, this book is priced retail at $16.99 USD - or $11.95 USD from amazon.com. It's a "phone book" style tome, and uses pretty cheap newsprint paper, which is interesting because all the comics in this volume were originally printed on that fairly awful newsprint paper in days of yore.

This particular volume has a lot of the early Aparo Batman work (also some nice Nick Cardy art, too). Aparo is only just coming into his 1970s style, and in these pages you can see his compositional strengths are pretty much established, but his detailed inking work has yet to begin to streamline (the most recent art printed in the book is from 1973.)

Click to view the page below (from Brave and the Bold #107
from 1973) enlarged.

Bats Aparo


Brave and the Bold #117, 1974 DC Comics

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Aparo Batman and Manbat


Jim Aparo Detective Comics #437, Oct-Nov 1973

Jim AParo Batman art from 1973

Jim AParo Batman 1973 - Detective Comics 437


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Detective Comics #445 Cover

Jim Aparo Silver
Jim Aparo Cover
Detective Comics #446


Untold Legend of Batman 1980

Untold Legend of Batman - Batgirl by Jim Aparo


More Jim Aparo at Art and Artifice

Jim Aparo Wonder Woman art Brave and the Bold 158

Brave and the Bold #199

Brave and the Bold #199 - Art by Jim Aparo


Zatanna

Brave and the Bold 169- Zatanna and Batman - Aparo Cover

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Jim Aparo at Amazon.com

Jim Aparo Volume 2 - Legends of the Dark Knight - Amazon.com

Jim Aparo Volume 1 - Legends of the Dark Knight - Amazon.com

The Untold Legend of the Batman - Jim Aparo, John Byrne, Paul Levitz


Jim Aparo

Jim Aparo

The Unusual Case of Brave and the Bold 124 - the Batman/Jim Aparo/Bob Haney/Sgt Rock team-up

Batman, DC Comics

Batman 291 cover with Catwoman

Brave and the Bold, DC Comics

Brave and the Bold #105, Jan-Feb 1973, Jim Aparo Wonder Woman

Brave and the Bold #106, Mar-April 1973, Jim Aparo Cover

Brave and the Bold #106, Mar-April 1973, Jim Aparo Splash Page

Brave and the Bold #106, Mar-April 1973, Jim Aparo "Salome Starr"

Brave and the Bold #106, Mar-April 1973, Jim Aparo Green Arrow and Batman

Brave and the Bold #107, June-July 1973, Jim Apro

Brave and the Bold #109, Nov 1973, Jim Aparo - Kirby's the Demon

Brave and the Bold #111, Feb-March 1973, Jim Aparo Cover - Joker

Brave and the Bold #111, Feb-March 1973, Splash Page

Brave and the Bold #111, Feb-March 1973, Jim Aparo-Joker and the Gates of Fear

Brave and the Bold #112, May 1973, Aparo page - Bat Sense

Brave and the Bold #117, June 1974, Jim Aparo Manbat - Cover

Brave and the Bold #117, June 1974, Jim Aparo Page 5

Brave and the Bold #117, June 1974, Jim Aparo page 6

Brave and the Bold #117, June 1974, Jim Aparo Page 17

Brave and the Bold #124, Jan 1976, Jim Aparo and Bob Haney appear with Batman

Brave and the Bold #128, July 1976, Aparo Mister Miracle & Big Barda

Brave and the Bold #128, July 1976, Jim Aparo art

Brave and the Bold #128, July 1976, Jim Aparo Mister Miracle

Brave and the Bold #130, Oct 1976, Aparo Joker and Green Arrow Cover

Brave and the Bold #131, Dec 1976, Aparo Catwoman and Wonder Woman

Brave and the Bold #140, Mar-April 1978, Wonder Woman cover

Brave and the Bold #140, Mar-April 1978, Splash Page by Jim Aparo

Brave and the Bold #140, Mar-April 1978, Wonder Woman deflecting bullets

Brave and the Bold #140, Mar-April 1978, Batman and Wonder Woman

Brave and the Bold #158, Jan 1980, Wonder Woman Cover

Brave and the Bold #158, Jan 1980, Aparo Wonder Woman Page A

Brave and the Bold #158, Jan 1980, Aparo Wonder Woman Page B

Brave and the Bold #158, Jan 1980, Aparo Wonder Woman Page C

Brave and the Bold #160, May 1980, Aparo Supergirl

Brave and the Bold #166, Sept 1980, Jim Aparo - Black Canary & Batman

Brave and the Bold #175, June 1981, Jim Aparo splash page featuring Metallo

Brave and the Bold #175, June 1981, Jim Aparo Lois Lane

Brave and the Bold #178, Sept 1981, Aparo Creeper Page

Brave and the Bold #197, April 1981, Aparo Cover with Catwoman

Detective Comics, DC Comics

Detective Comics 437

Detective Comics 437 page 5

Detective Comics 438

Detective Comics #442, Sept 1974, Jim Aparo Cover

Detective Comics 444 - Cover - Bat-Murderer

Detective Comics 445 - Cover

Detective Comics #446, April 1975, Aparo Cover

Detective Comics 446 - Page

Detective Comics #448, June 1975, Jim Aparo cover

Adventure Comics, DC Comics

The Spectre from Adventure Comics 431

The Spectre from Adventure Comics 431 - The Valley of Death

Miscellaneus

Untold Legend of Batman #3, Sept 1980, Jim Aparo Batgirl Page

Cover to The Phantom Stranger, 32, Sept 1974


Legends of the Dark Knight Vol 1 Jim Aparo

Volume 2 Jim Aparo Legends of the Dark Knight


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