Saturday, June 24, 2006

Rare Jim Aparo Comic Strip

Comic artist Jim Aparo never seemed to get enough respect when he was alive. My wife and I met him in Chicago at one of the first conventions he'd ever done and he seemed starved for attention. A nice man, very talkative and friendly, his death last year brought some people to the belated realization that his Batman was the definitive seventies version. Here are some sample comic strips that originally appeared in the late, lamented, absolutely marvelous weekly comic strip newspaper THE MENOMONEE FALLS GAZETTE. ZIP TYRO was an unsold sixties comic that bore some resemblence to England's JEFF HAWKE astronaut comic strip. Note that the artist's classy signature is already present. If ZIP TYRO had been successful at all Jim might never have been at Charlton to follow Dick Giordano to DC...and BATMAN.

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