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The Jim Aparo Fan Club

A look at the career of comics artist Jim Aparo.

Updated: 2018-03-06T03:31:34.913-06:00


Aparo credited in Batman v. Superman!


If you watched through all of the film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, you saw Jim Aparo thanked in the credits: Presumably, the credit is in acknowledgement of the filmmakers' taking some inspiration from Jim's rendition of Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince in Brave and Bold #158: The film includes a visually similar scene with Bruce and Diana attending a high class social event, although

An SF illustration from Phoenix, a 1970 Fanzine


Aparo Art in Convergence: Green Arrow #1, April 14, 2015


OK, not much Aparo art, but look closely at this page, the second of two recapping the history of Green Arrows Oliver Queen and Connor Hawke: Down there at the bottom? A panel from one of the issues of Green Arrow that Jim drew in the 1990's: More Aparo art is used here for their look back at Azrael as posted at DC's website.

An Aparo Cover on a New DC Comic?!


The Chip Kidd Variant cover to DC's Batman and the Outsiders #1, part of DC's April "Convergence" event, will be using a Jim Aparo drawing of the team's Geo-Force character as its source. Other variants are employing the work of classic Silver and Bronze Age artists, such as Joe Kubert (Hawkman #1), Don Heck (Wonder Woman #1), Dick Giordano (Justice Society of America #1), and even Sheldon

Brave and Bold: The Lost Issues?!


Check out this wild blog from Ross: with scans of classic (mostly) Aparo covers (from Brave and the Bold as well as other series), Ross produces imaginative glimpses of team-ups that never were...and, in many cases, never could have been! The digital surgery is much more neatly done than most of the Photoshopped work one often finds on the web, with

Aparo on the Web: The Spectre


At The Bronze Age of Blogs, Pete Doree treats us today to "The Wrath of the Spectre". Pete offers up some well-deserved praise for the Orlando/Fleischer/Aparo/Carley run from the 1970's in Adventure Comics, and serves up scans of the first installment for your reading pleasure. I was struck by this comment of Pete's: [Aparo's] art also had the 'cool' factor, something indefinable that only Gil

One Wreck of a Cover!


Here's a look at one of the few comics missing from my own Jim Aparo collection, the cover to Charlton's Grand Prix #31, from 1970. Nearing the end of his stint at Charlton, Jim supplied this smashing piece of art. To the best of my knowledge, it was Jim's only contribution to the racing comics genre (Charlton, I believe, was the only publisher of American color comics still exploiting the

Something Very Different


Here's a sketch Jim did in his retirement years for a commision job of Sherlock Holmes! Well, he was a DC comics character, I suppose, appearing in one issue of his own comic as well as in Batman and in The Brave and The Bold Special (in an issue with a Jim Aparo cover)! But Jim never got to draw any of those issues. Click it to see it big!Holmes underwent a surge in popularity in the early 70's,

Phantom Stranger Collectible Card, 1993


Our friend rob! at the Phantom Stranger blog has posted a 2006 trading card featuring the Phantom Stranger today. That reminded me of this little gem (which I do believe rob! has missed; I'll have to mention this to him!):Here we see the front and back of a 1993 card released by Skybox, with pencils and inks by Jim Aparo. I'm not sure what set this is from, but it's #118 out of 150. This

Zip Tyro


Steven "Booksteve" Thompson spotlights Jim Aparo's Zip Tyro strips in a new post at his Hooray for Wally Wood blog. Like many comic book artists of his day, Jim longed to break in to the newspaper adventure strips, and "Zip Tyro" was one of a few of his attempts to do so. ZT was a traditional outer space science fiction adventure, with rockets and space stations and dashing astronauts, and it

Green Aparo


Back when I was producing the print version of the Jim Aparo Fan Club Newsletter, Jim sent me an exclusive heads-up that he was about to take over the art on Green Arrow as of issue #81. It was (to me, anyway) an unexpected reassignment, but it wasn't one that I objected to. Jim had done some good work on the character in Brave & Bold, and had done one of the few Green Arrow solo covers during

More Savograns Ads from Popular Science


From 1965 issues of Popular Science magazine comes a bigger selection of these ads from Jim Aparo's pre-comics career (long-time Fan Club readers will recall the first post on this blog was one of these Savograns ads, courtesy of Red Oak Kid!).Well, R.O.K. was thoughtful enough to point out an online source for reading these magazines in their entirety! And there's lots of fun stuff besides these

Wander over to Diversions of the Groovy Kind...


...where the Groovy Agent has posted the debut installment of Wander, the Western/science fiction/comedy that Jim Aparo drew for Charlton's Cheyenne Kid comic book back in the late 60's. If you've never seen this one, trust me, don't miss it! Jim was a really good artist for westerns! He didn't do many western comics besides the first several installments of this one: a few other jobs for other

Jim Aparo and The Phantom Stranger


If you're like me, and I know I am, you've been following the Phantom Stranger blog where rob! has been leading us through every single appearance of the Phantom Stranger, from his first comic book in the 50's up to, presumably, the current day. The blog holds obvious interest for any Aparo fan, since Jim made such a mark on the character--many would say he owned the character! Despite following

Egyptian Aparo


Indulge me--I'm an Egyptian buff. I've been studying learning how to read Middle Egyptian (the language of the familiar hieroglyphs) for a couple of years now, and it's been a fun hobby to pursue. So it occurred to me that it might be fun to visit the occasions that Jim had to evoke the land of the Pharaohs. Four covers came immediately to mind:The Phantom #32:Our friend Scott has warned us about

Grooviest Cover Artist of All Time?


Our pal, the Groovy Agent, has tallied the results of his poll for Favorite Groovy Age Cover Artist, and the winner is...JIM APARO!(Not much of a surprise, is it?)GA's spotlighting a few of his favorites over there at his highly-recommended blog. In celebration, I'm posting one of my favorites, the relatively unknown cover of DC's Weird Mystery Tales #4:This one appeals to me not just because of

Ghostly Tales #79


Here's a lovely Charlton cover that they reused a time or two. One thing interesting about Jim's Charlton covers is that they often had him do the lettering, too, while at DC, they generally did not. This is Jim's lettering (well, below the logo, anyway), and I've always felt that his lettering was integral to his style, making this cover all the better. The lightning-streaked sky is something he

Flash Poster


This was a poster I saw in a comics shop in Memphis in the early 80's: a Jim Aparo Flash. The dealer didn't know anything about it, but he had it up on the wall and sold it to me. I still haven't tracked down its complete explanation, but I know it was one of a series of four promotional posters of DC characters. One of those might have been an Aparo Aquaman.As far as I can determine, the art

Aparo's Aquaman Aester Agg at Gorilla Daze!


Allan Harvey at Gorilla Daze highlights a classic Aparo panel from Aquaman #50, in which Jim integrated the names of several of his peers in the panelologic profession into the background. One name--"Pike"--is listed twice, by accident. In demonstration of Jim's characteristic loyalty to his employer, the writers, artists, and editors are all folks known for their DC work. Jim had plenty of

Playful Signatures


Before we dive into a look at Jim Aparo's evolving signatures, let's take a quick look at a couple of examples where he got a little playful with the way he signed his covers.First, here's The Brave and the Bold #152, starring Batman and The Atom: Now look a little closer at the signature, down there to the right of the UPC box:Cute, hunh?And next, let's turn to Weird War Tales #53:War comics

Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves #17


In those early days of his career at Charlton Comics, Aparo did many stories for their spooky comics, including The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves. Here's the first page from his story in issue 17. What I find interesting about this page is how Aparo seems to be working hard to maintain artist Pat Boyette's interpretation of the title character, so much so that a quick glimpse at a thumbnail might

Red Tornado!


Batman Rogues by Aparo and Stelfreeze


Easily overlooked among the multitude of Batman specials published throughout the 1990's and20 00's, here's a pinup from one of them--sorry, but I can't even remember which one--with Brian Stelfreeze rendering Jim's pencils in ink. DC tried a few different ways to update the look of Aparo's work to appeal to the newer aesthetics, and I think this was one of the more successful attempts.

Comic Book Legends Revealed!


Welcome to any and all who've visited JAFC from Brian Cronin's Comic Book Legends Revealed week, Brian's spotlighting the rescripted Aparo Aquaman story that I showcased here a while back. I'm delighted that Brian found this tale worth sharing. I read Comic Book Legends Revealed every Friday, and you should,

Groovy Agent brings you...The Prankster!


Our pal the Groovy Agent has posted scans of the one and only installment of "The Prankster", an Aparo-drawn backup feature from an issue of Charlton's Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt. wacky sci-fi superhero is fondly remembered by those who have read this (unfortunately) never-continued debut. Jim was a