A look at the career of comics artist Jim Aparo.

Friday, April 24, 2009

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 lead one to guess that this was a Boyette story (that title lettering--"Place of Honor"--may be a major contributor to this impression: it doesn't look very Aparoesque, does it? And it does look much like Boyette's lettering--Pat, like Jim, did his own lettering usually!).

Thursday, April 23, 2009

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. Stelfreeze took a subtractive approach to the job, focusing on Jim's composition, which I much prefer to alternatives such as DC's frequent pairing of Aparo and Bill Sienkiewicz late in Jim's career, or the painfully over-rendered teaming of Aparo and inker Sal Velluto in a Batman "Secret Files" special. Maybe we should take a look at the worst of Aparo soon, and I'll share some images of that atrocity.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Comic Book Legends Revealed!

Welcome to any and all who've visited JAFC from Brian Cronin's Comic Book Legends Revealed
This 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, too!