A look at the career of comics artist Jim Aparo.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Miss Bikini Luv from Teen Tunes #1

In 1992, Jim Aparo surprised me by loaning me (by mail) his personal file copies of Teen Tunes issues 1-5. This was a pop music magazine published by Charlton. It featured the typical profiles of popular musical groups, with pinups, lyrics, etc. It also featured, in each of the five issues, a 2-page comics section, pencilled, inked, and lettered by Jim Aparo. In the first two installments, the star was Miss Bikini Luv, which was Jim's very first assignment at Charlton, in the Go-Go comic book (actually, that job in Go-Go was his first professional comic book assignment, period)!
Although his work on Go-Go is relatively well-known (at least it's documented in the Overstreet Price Guide!), Teen Tunes is long forgotten, and nearly unknown. Here's your chance to see that first story, from that extremely rare and hard-to-find magazine. And just wait 'til you see what feature took over the slot as of issue 3! The rest of Jim's contributions to this magazine are coming soon to this blog!
Click on the thumbnails to read 'em!
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1 comment:

  1. craig (benday-dot)January 5, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    This stuff is magnificent MW. I hope if time permits you share more of the lesser known Aparo gems from your personal and doubtless unrivaled collection. It is so nice to see this web-based reckoning with one of comics truly massive talents. I was a latecomer to Jim's art. But most of the masters have their fan appreciation sites... so surely Aparo deserves as much. And of course you are the one to make it happen. Always enjoy reading your posts over on CBR, and will relish the chance to carry on the pleasure here at your blog. Thanks Michael. Craig (aka benday-dot)

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