A look at the career of comics artist Jim Aparo.

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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