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Comic Book Legends Revealed Addendum – More Aparo Teasers!

In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, I discussed how Jim Aparo would hide “teasers” in issues of Brave and the Bold to let readers know who was guest-starring in the following issue.

I posted teasers from issues #177-187. Reader JohnC wrote in about one in #191, so I figured I’d go back and find a few more teasers. So read on for teasers from #191-193 and 195.

The “S” in the church window is for Superboy’s appearance in the next issue…

Lady Justice and her scales are for Nemesis’ appearance in the next issue…

This is an oddly straightforward one. The Flash’s chest symbol being on a wall in Wayne Manor tell us that the Flash is about to be a guest-star…

Similarly, a painting of Ragman in #195 tells us that Ragman will appear in #196…

If you can find any other Aparo teasers, let me know and I’ll feature them! #196, in particular, is driving me nuts. #197’s guest star was Catwoman, so you figure it would be easy to do a teaser for her, right? Just have a cat walk by! But nope, no cats the whole issue! I thought I might have seen a Catwoman mask, but it was so obscure that I didn’t even bother scanning it.

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Great stuff Brian. Any excuse for more Aparo art works for me.

I_Captain Blanco

August 1, 2011 at 11:36 am

Likewise. Aparo was THE Batman artist (at least, when he wasn’t being THE Aquaman artist or THE Phantom Stranger artist).

I have to say, I find Bruce’s choice of Flash decor even odder than Mary happening to have a Ragman portrait on her wall.

But yeah, Aparo was marvelous, and I loved this run.

No teaser for 197 in 196 could be explained by Aparo not drawing 197. It was drawn by Joe Staton. My guess is Aparo probably added the teasers when he got the scripts for the next issue and probably didn’t see scripts for issues he wasn’t drawing.

I know this is a little iffy, but issue 196, page 21, bottom left corner looks like a cat to me. Two eyes and an ear on Ragman’s costume?

No teaser for 197 in 196 could be explained by Aparo not drawing 197. It was drawn by Joe Staton. My guess is Aparo probably added the teasers when he got the scripts for the next issue and probably didn’t see scripts for issues he wasn’t drawing.

But he did not draw #194 (the Flash issue) and he still did a teaser for it.

I’m a huge Aparo fan. He did a lot of easter eggs with celebrities, as well (Columbo comes to mind).

These are all awesome. Aparo’s work on BATB is pretty hard to beat.

Great addendum. It’s things like this that keep me coming back for more.

I think the ghost of Jim Aparo drew a Superman shield in the poster for The Dark Knight Rises!

WOW! All this Jim Aparo love actually makes me feel that there is hope for the reader of this site ( with comments about Dick Dillin not being THE JLA artist, Watchmen being the best comic ever written, Frank Quitely being the best comic artist ever….blahblahblah), I was really starting to lose all respect for those who post here (not Mary Warner, of course). P.S. Aparo might not have been the best Batman artist ever, that’s up for a healthy debate, but he sure as hell was the best Aquaman artist I ever saw, although I do love me some Ivan Reis.

It seems Jim Aparo was a king of comic book Easter Eggs.

And a damn good artist, to boot.

Don’t forget about being THE SPECTRE artist (at least until Mandrake….) Wrath of the Spectre…scissors and candle wax….brrrrr (chills)

Aparo’s Batman and the Outsiders was fantastic also. I loved his work.

Does it say “meow mix” above the Skreee on page 15? My copy isn’t the greatest, and I can’t quite make it out. That might be it, or you could argue the Ragman costume has ‘CAT’ written all over it.

randypan the goatboy

August 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I loved Aparos artwork. very underated and overlooked. brave and the bold was his book and he made every issue special.

That’s one of the things I loved so much about Brave & the Bold–that it gave me a chance to see Aparo draw a good portion of the DC Universe.

azjohnson5, since you seem to be thumbing your nose at the idea of Watchmen being the greatest story ever, kindly share your vote. Cheers.

B&B #180 had a panel with hawk and dove who appeared the next issue

Yep, Neil, that was one of the examples in the post that this is the addendum to, linked at the top of this post.

Jim Aparo was the greatest.

I grew up reading comics drawn by Jim Aparo. He was my favorite Batman artist in the late Seventies and early Eighties. Nice to see him get some love.

I think they might have dropped this towards the end. In 194 the letter page has the cover of the next issue. Of course it wasn’t drawn by Aparo, but I think at some point the editor decided to advertise the next issue instead of the clues.

aparo was one of those artist that was definitive with the character he drew most people know his 80’s and 90’s work but his 70’s output is what made him a star……

He was THE Batman artist for the whole time leading up to the Crisis (Rogers,Colan Mandrake and Newton not withstanding)
He was THE Aquaman Artist hands down…..
No one did a better Phantom Stranger.
and until Mandrake no one had a more memorable run on the Spectre.

I must agree that Aparo is THE Batman artist (with apologies to Neal Adams and Norm B.)

And Jim’s Aquaman stuff has yet to be beaten….though I think Reis might surpass him

Aparo was the first artist whose style I could pick out, before I was even old enough to pay much attention to the credits.

A lot of artists make names for themselves with stylistic flourishes at the expense of fundamentals, but Aparo achieves perfection in just doing clear storytelling with just the right amount of atmosphere and feeling.

I’m glad to see him get some love here.

I believe issue 194 had a newspaper with the headline being about vampire attacks since the next issue had I..Vampire.

As much as I love Curt Swan, if I had been at DC in the 1970s I would have had one Superman book drawn by Jim Aparo (and the other by Dick Dillin). Aparo’s Superman was, as they say, da bomb– he made him look sleek and powerful and dynamic. He was easily my favourite Superman artist of the ’70s and he only drew him the once (in Brave and Bold 150)!

Anton, Watchmen isn’t even Moore’s best work, so really how can it be the best comic ever written. Watchmen isn’t even in my top 100. First, I think Supreme, Tom Strong, 1963, theLoEG, not to mention what could actually be the best comic ever “What ever happened to the man of tomorrow” are all better than Watchmen. I enjoy the first Wildcats he did with Travis Charest better (Tao’s intro is as good as any intro I can think of). These are just his works alone that are better. Now don’t go getting your bloomers tangled up your poopshoop, it’s just my less then humble perspective, but still.I’m right. Cheerio!

P.S. before this spins into a Alan Moore debate page, JIM APARO’s Brave and the Bold issues are like family to me.

The Flash and Ragman inserts are…well after some of the more inventive inserts they come across as lazy to say the least. Especially the Flash emblem. I can’t stop staring at it on the wall and wondering what the hell they were thinking just sticking it there, especially when they could have easily hidden it amongst the lines on the cabinet below…a lightning bolt would have fitted there perfectly…or do you think it was there and it was too subtle? Look at the dark lines in particular, three of them just like in the lightning bolt itself…

Never loved Aparo’s work, but his ’70s stuff is very strong. His late ’80s & his ’90s stuff i could toss the original art in the trash. His earlier stuff is, again, very strong & he certainly was a good artist. Just not to my tastes.

azjohnson5:

Seriously? i’m not a huge fan of Watchmen either, but it is more significant, more thought out, and of much more lasting significance [both positive & negative] than anything you list [or really anything that you could list].

i’m glad you have your opinion, but still, you’re wrong. Cheerio!

It’s still not that good. YOU’RE not a huge fan and you admit to it having a negative lasting significance. A NEGATIVE LASTING SIGNIFICANCE. Really you’re doing the work for me. That being said I do agree that Aparo’s later works were lacking, still few artist who came to prominence in the 70’s equalled or bettered their output by the 90’s( except for maybe George Perez and Richard Corben).

The influence that a work has isn’t necessarily reflective of the quality of the work itself. DKR has had an impact both for good & for ill, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good work. i don’t see any correlation to the quality of the work & the impact it has.

DKR is better than Watchmen, in terms of story, art, relevance,impact and no giant space squids or pirate comic asides.

I like DKR, but its influence was overhelmingly negative. It helped revitalize the Batman franchise, but it also spearheaded the grim-and-gritty movement that led to some of the worst excesses of the ’90s through today that have just become a bad joke (including much of Miller’s own subsequent work).

Just discovered this site. Thumbed through the Ragman issue and the Catwoman teaser may be Ragman’s face toward the end of the book. He look surprised, but he clearly has cat eyes.

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