Spotlight on Jim Aparo: the Spectre, Phantom Stranger, Aquaman & Adventure Comics.

deejayway
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5:19 AM - Nov 27, 2009 #1

This is a public service message so please indulge my repetition and insistence but the comics collecting community needs a comprehensive Jim Aparo Library asap.

It should include the cream of Jim Aparo's work on Batman.
I would say Brave and Bold 100-130, leavened with Detective Comics 437-446 to alleviate the monotony of Bob Haney's writing on B&B.





  
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5:20 AM - Nov 27, 2009 #2

The Phantom Stranger by Len Wien & Jim Aparo.
Almost on a par with Swamp Thing.
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5:22 AM - Nov 27, 2009 #3

Aparo's Aquaman from the eponymous title and the pages of Adventure Comics.

  
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5:32 AM - Nov 27, 2009 #4

The first Grim n Gritty comic: The Spectre by Mike (bug f*ck) Fleisher and Jim (bat f*ck) Aparo.

  
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HighlandRay
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6:06 AM - Nov 27, 2009 #5

I sooooooooooooooooooooooooo agree.
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Lee Semmens
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6:32 AM - Nov 27, 2009 #6

I'd also like to see someone reprint Aparo's the Phantom (and Don Newton's), preferably in hardcovers, please.

These seem like no-brainers to me, especially when you consider the somewhat less than stellar 1960s comics that have received deluxe hardcover treament, mainly from the likes of Dark Horse, Hermes, and other lesser companies.

I guess King Features Syndicate owns the rights to this.
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7:53 AM - Nov 27, 2009 #7

All this stuff belongs in HC, no doubt about it. I'd add the first Aquaman run to the end of his first title to the list above as well, and even would like to see all the other Charlton stuff collected, in addition to Phantom.
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dcmarvelnut
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7:57 AM - Nov 27, 2009 #8

DC MUST collect Aparo's work in hardcover...No alterations either.
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8:12 AM - Nov 27, 2009 #9

My absolute favourite artist of the Bronze Age. The Phantom Stranger work is phenomenal (and the series still stands up as a good read).
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9:49 AM - Nov 27, 2009 #10

Ditto on all counts
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9:57 AM - Nov 27, 2009 #11

Favorite Batman artist all the way!
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1:11 PM - Nov 27, 2009 #12

I grew up loving Aparo's stuff. Brilliant.
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ChupacabraNJ
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2:00 PM - Nov 27, 2009 #13

Jim Aparo was the star of every book he drew. As a kid, I followed characters (as oppose to now, when I follow writers), but Aparo was the first artist I followed book to book. The fact that DC has not collected his work in a respectful manner really saddens me.

And freaking Twomorrows was suppose to release a tribute book years ago, and that fell into the same limbo with the Swamp Men book, never to see the light of day. Too bad.

I hope some day Mr. Aparo will receive the credit he is due.
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2:14 PM - Nov 27, 2009 #14

Was there ever an explanation as to why the Aparo book was never published?

B&B #111 is one of the all-time best Joker stories, and was easily Haney's best Batman story. It also comes from the era when Aparo was at his absolute peak.

I saw an ad for Phantom Stranger 33 guest starring Deadman when I was a kid and wanted to read it for decades. When the Phantom Stranger Showcase was published, I was so disappointed when I found out that it was not drawn by Aparo.
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3:16 PM - Nov 27, 2009 #15

Aparo had such a beautiful style. He's right up there with Dick Sprang as my favorite Batman artist.

I also don't understand why DC has not yet published a Best Of Aparo collection. He was one of their star artist for about 20 years and unlike all the others he never defected to Marvel or anywhere else. He stayed with DC all the way. Neal Adams had his collection now it's Aparo's turn. And not a moment too soon, he fully deserves it.
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4:16 PM - Nov 27, 2009 #16

Here, Here!
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2:10 AM - Nov 28, 2009 #17

One of the greats.
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Lee Semmens
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2:36 AM - Nov 28, 2009 #18

Middle 12 wrote:
Was there ever an explanation as to why the Aparo book was never published?
The book was being mooted when Aparo was still alive, but then he died suddenly - maybe Twomorrows lost interest in it then?
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3:12 AM - Nov 28, 2009 #19

I would buy every book that reprints Aparo art. He was my favourite Batman and Aquaman artist.
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Five Years Later
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9:27 PM - Nov 28, 2009 #20

By the time I discovered Aparo in the late 80's/early 90's he wasn't that good. The 70's work I've seen is drastically better.
Fine, enjoy not reading comics because of the spine.
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