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Friday, November 17, 2006


And now, from an eleven-page story in Detective Comics #444, the ISB proudly presents...

Three Pictures Of Batman Hitting People So Hard That They Explode

Jim Aparo, ladies and gentlemen.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he just doesn't know how to draw people's faces gettind kicked/punched/hurt so he just figured "Well let's make 'em explode".

Only in the silver age...

11/18/2006 1:30 AM

Blogger shakasulu said...

Maybe he draws people faces exploding because you can't handle being rocked that hard and still get "code" approval.

Aparo was the man.

11/18/2006 1:34 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know those Clint Eastwood orangutan movies? Where he was this semi-pro fighter/trucker and people would fly in from all over the country to watch him brawl? I think every reader of the ISB should ask themselves how far they would go to see a 60's/70's Batman in a bare-chested,bare-knuckle, no-weapons steel cage match against Conan the Barbarian.

11/18/2006 1:46 AM

Anonymous Fiendenstein said...

I had to double check that third picture as I couldnt tell what the hell was going on, it was just a maelstrom of awesome

word verification zmakxl...also awesome

11/18/2006 3:37 AM

Blogger timmdrums said...

Very succint and to the point for a Friday evening post.

11/18/2006 4:00 AM

Blogger Mike Haseloff said...

Aparo's Batman is one of the scariest.

11/18/2006 5:21 AM

Blogger Philip Looney said...

Jim Aparo does not get enough credit as a Batman artist. I've always liked his Batman better than Neal Adams.

11/18/2006 8:33 AM

Anonymous Andy said...

Hey, Superboy-Prime has the "retcon punch", why can't Batman have the "spontaneous combustion punch"?

11/18/2006 10:06 AM

Anonymous belle waring said...

sometimes my faith wavers and I think, how can chris sims possibly blow my mind any more? but then I see three panels of batman rocking people in the face so hard their heads explode, and lord, I believe.

11/18/2006 10:28 AM

Blogger SallyP said...

Ahhhhh...violence. Lovely lovely violence.

11/18/2006 10:38 AM

Anonymous jim treacher said...

I didn't realize Aparo died last year until I looked him up on Wikipedia. His stuff on Brave & Bold was the best. I've always wanted to read his "Wander" stories with Denny O'Neil for Charlton in the '60s. Those are supposed to be pretty great.

11/18/2006 12:44 PM

Blogger paperghost said...

"I didn't realize Aparo died last year until I looked him up on Wikipedia. His stuff on Brave & Bold was the best."

Wait, he's DEAD?! I thought he was still doing stuff :S

Oh well. Anyone who uses "PWAN!" as a sound effect is truly awesome. I'd even argue the vaguely tenuous case that its an early prototype of PWNED.

Such forward thinking.

11/18/2006 4:22 PM

Anonymous MarknPatterson said...

I suspect that one of the reasons Aparo's Batman art is often overlooked relates to his work in the late '80s. Stuff like A Death In The Family and his contributions to Knightfall, while a long, long way from his best work (his style seemed to become rather more unappealingly crude and cartoonish in that era, to me at least), are probably the most widely-read instances of his Bat-art. His Brave & The Bold art is immeasurably superior to that (some of the best Batman ever, as everyone here seems to agree), but is probably far less familiar to modern readers.

11/18/2006 5:16 PM

Blogger Randall Kirby said...

Wow - that was trippy. I read these one-liners rght after watching this link that Warren Ellis is sending around...

11/18/2006 9:40 PM

Anonymous jim treacher said...

"Wait, he's DEAD?! I thought he was still doing stuff"

I know, man! He was always good, even when he was being inked by Mike DeCarlo (yeccchh).

11/19/2006 2:22 AM

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