15 Facts About Jim Aparo


James N Aparo was an American comic book artist, best known for his DC Comics work from the late 1960s through the 1990s, including on the characters Batman, Aquaman, and the Spectre, along with famous stories such as The Brave and the Bold, "A Death in the Family", and "KnightFall".


Jim Aparo was born on August 24th, 1932, Aparo was raised in New Britain, Connecticut, Aparo took art classes at New Britain high school and while taking courses at Hartford Art School.


Jim Aparo was influenced by artists such as Alex Raymond and Milton Caniff.


Jim Aparo started his comic career later than most artists around the time working in advertising first while sending his art to various comic book publishers.


Jim Aparo attempted to enter the comic book profession in his early 20s, approaching EC Comics, which declined to hire him.


Jim Aparo then worked in the advertising industry in Connecticut, often drawing fashion illustrations for newspaper advertisements.


Jim Aparo continued to pursue a career in comic books and comic strips while working in advertising.

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Jim Aparo was paid $15 to $20 per page at his time at Charlton Comics.


Jim Aparo was one of the few artists in mainstream comics at that time to serve as penciller, inker, and letterer for all of his work.


Jim Aparo continued for a time to provide art to Charlton for The Phantom, alternating between the two series month by month as both series were being released on a bimonthly basis at the time.


Jim Aparo provided art for a revival of Aquaman in both Adventure Comics and a continuation of the previously-cancelled Aquaman.


Jim Aparo drew The Untold Legend of the Batman, the first Batman miniseries, in 1980, inking John Byrne's pencils in the first issue and providing full art for the second and third issues.


Jim Aparo continued to draw Batman stories in Detective and Batman until the early 1990s.


In 1992, Jim Aparo returned to do pencils, inks, and lettering for his Batman stories, but was returned to contributing only pencil art.


Jim Aparo died on July 19,2005, at his home in Southington, Connecticut.