Jim Aparo, August 24, 1932 - July 19, 2005
Best known for his long career with DC beginning in the late 1960s, Jim was a mainstay Batman artist, drawing (usually inking and lettering his own work) the Dark Knight in The Brave and the Bold for over ten years alone, along with long runs on Batman and Detective Comics, and stints on the Phantom Stranger, Deadman, the Spectre, and Aquaman.
In the modern era, Aparo was the artist to illustrate both the death of Jason Todd in 1988, and Bane infamously breaking Batman’s back in 1993.
Growing up, Batman was my favorite character, and Jim’s version and his unique ‘lean’ style will always be one of the most definitive to me. When I started getting interested in creating comics as a teenager, I drew Jim’s Batman, and to this day, if you ask me to try to draw Bruce, it’ll look like a bad Aparo imitation.
During the 1990s, I was a regularly published in the letter columns of the Batman titles, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to lavish heaps of praise on Aparo’s work and hopefully he knew he had a huge fan.