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.
Jim Aparo art - Phantom Stranger
Brave and the Bold Covers, Jim Aparo
Selction of Jim Aparo Brave and the Bold Covers
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.
Jim Aparo, 1980
Batgirl in jail, Detective Comics #497, December 1980.
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 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.
Jim Aparo cover art: Batman and Supergirl
See the cover from Brave and the Bold #160, May 1980 cover date, enlarged
Aquaman team-up with Batman
Brave and the Bold Issue #111 "The Strangest Team-Up in History"
Go Go Comics: Miss Bikini Luv[Below: Issue #7 of Go-Go from Charlton, which had an Aparo story on the inside]
[Below: Jim Aparo cartoon art of "Funny and Chair" from "Teen Tunes", 1967.]
See more of this at the Jim Aparo Fan Club blog.
Jim Aparo / Michael Fleisher DC Comics
- Adventure Comics #431
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Jim Aparo: Brave and The Bold Volume 2 from DC Comics
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.)
Brave and the Bold #117, 1974 DC Comics
Jim Aparo Detective Comics #437, Oct-Nov 1973
Untold Legend of Batman 1980
More Jim Aparo at Art and Artifice
Brave and the Bold #199
Jim Aparo at Amazon.com
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