GREAT BATMAN ARTISTS #6: Jim Aparo

Classic Aparo had an almost film noir quality to it.

Jim Aparo started on Batman in the pages of Brave and the Bold in the early 1970s, coming to DC Comics from a successful run on THE PHANTOM at Charlton Comics.  Had there never been a Neal Adams, Aparo might be remembered as THE Batman artist of the 1970s.

His early work has grit and style-- and he did it all-- pencils, inks and lettering, all from his home in CT.


DC Comics recently released a hardcover edition of his earliest work on B&B and it's some of the best work he did.  The title is not always written well, it plays more like a 70s cop show drama and never achieves more than whatever the latest teaming of Batman up with another DC Character would allow.  Still, the stories are better than the pedestrian efforts of the 50s and much of the 60s.

Later on, Aparo's work lost its edge and grit.

Later Aparo work was more cartoonish
It's probably owed to the fact that other people were inking his work now, and while it was still good, it was nowhere near the level of what it was.

Aparo drew the infamous Death of Robin storyline in which readers were asked to phone in whether the Joker should kill Robin or not, deciding the outcome of a story that was far too gimmicky.

TOMORROW: We start the top 5 with a famous newspaper cartoonist making the jump to comic books.