Thursday, April 23, 2009

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.

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