13 COVERS: A JIM APARO Birthday Celebration

One of the greats…

I first and foremost associate Jim Aparo with The Brave and the Bold. So much so that for three years running, our 13 COVERS birthday tributes all pulled from B&B.

This year, though, I’ve decided to go all-Bat all the time with picks from Batman, Detective, Batman Family and Limited Collectors’ Edition.

Aparo was one of the greatest in Bat-history. He was born Aug. 24, 1932. He died in 2005.

His art lives on.

Al Milgrom layout


— A JIM APARO Birthday Celebration: 2017 Edition. Click here.

— A JIM APARO Birthday Celebration: 2016 Edition. Click here.

— A JIM APARO Birthday Celebration: 2015 Edition. Click here.

All credits and scans courtesy of the explosive Grand Comics Database.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. My BatFam #11 has that same bleedthru from the inside cover on Batgirl’s “gown”– must have been the paper they were using. Seem to recall DC books had a lighter feel for a year or so. Paper shortage or trying cheaper stock, I think…

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  2. I believe Detective Comics #437 has the perfect cover.

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    • No! The PERFECT cover is either the oversized Batman Special Villains cover (first one on this page) or B&B 119!

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  3. In my lifetime, Aparo is second only to Neal Adams. Aparo’s drawings were always so clean and fresh. Seeing those 30 cent covers takes me on a nostalgia train ride.

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  4. Jim Aparo was my gateway to how Batman should look….Being a child in the 1970s from London….US comics were limited but I seem to remember most covers from DC with Batman were drawn by Aparo….Also that Spectre run and Phantom Stranger and Brave and the Bold run…truly amazing and the work always had a sense of menace to it!….Why hasn’t that book been created yet…I’ll do it if I had the help!!

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