James N. Aparo (1932-2005) was an artist and inker for EC Comics, Charlton Comics, and later for DC Comics. He is most widely recognized for his contributions to the Batman family of comic titles in the mid 1970s. Jim passed away on July 19th, 2005 due to complications from a persistent illness. The following bibliography pertains to Jim's DC contributions only.
"Aparo's first Batman story was, at first, simply just another assignment. Being the artist of DC's The Phantom Stranger, Aparo was tapped by Boltinoff for what the editor described in #98's “Mailbag” as a “guest shot,” subbing for regular B&B artist Nick Cardy ... due to Jim's familiarity with Batman's co-star. Yet from the opening page, which showed Batman slinking, under the veil of night, toward a remote, moonlit estate, it was clear that Aparo was not merely phoning in an uninspired fill-in. Aparo's storytelling was fascinating and cinematic. Batman's five-panel conversation with Roger Birnham on page 2 changed camera angles in each frame, concluding with Birnham's off-panel demise, “heard” through the deceased's chamber window." 
Well known for his penciling on such characters as:
- Spectre (Adventure Comics #431-Adventure Comics #440),
- Aquaman (Adventure Comics #441-Adventure Comics #452), and
- Batman (The Brave and the Bold Vol 1).
He appeared as himself (drawn by himself) in The Brave and the Bold #124.
Aparo did penciling, inking, and lettering at a page a day. When told by Carmine Infantino that he wished Aparo could do more work, Aparo responded with "How do you want it? Good or fast?". Infantino agreed that he wanted it good.
- Jim Aparo/Writer
- Jim Aparo/Penciler
- Jim Aparo/Inker
- Jim Aparo/Cover Artist
- Jim Aparo/Colourist
- Jim Aparo/Letterer
- Jim Aparo/Creations
- Gallery of Jim Aparo's images
- Jim Aparo's Images as a Penciler
- Jim Aparo's Images as an Inker
- Jim Aparo's Images as a Cover Artist
- Jim Aparo's Images as a Colourist
- Jim Aparo's Images as a Letterer
Links and References
- The Aparo Approach - Jim Aparo on his comics debut at Charlton Press interview by Jim Amash
- JIM APARO 1932 - 2005 at Art & Artifice