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Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 1 Hardcover – April 10, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Legends of the Dark Knight
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401233759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401233754
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All of the great artists have left their mark in the legacy that is the Batman, and to me Jim Aparo did just that.
Bryon Peterson
Being only a casual comic book reader this collection is a perfect encapsulation of the period when I was reading Batman stories.
D. Eastwood
Among the DCs I read at the time, the Batman team-ups in "Brave And The Bold" (reprinted here) were some of the most alluring.
DJ Joe Sixpack

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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"Legends Of The Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 1"
Written by Bob Haney
Illustrated by Jim Aparo
(DC Comics, 2012)
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When I started reading comics as a kid in the early 1970s, I was mostly all about Marvel, and the handful of DCs that I picked up felt pretty exotic to me, an unknown quantity compared to the complete runs I began building up of Marvel mags. Among the DCs I read at the time, the Batman team-ups in "Brave And The Bold" (reprinted here) were some of the most alluring. There was a sophistication to Jim Aparo's artwork that stood in contrast to many artists of the era, a Madison Avenue/magazine ad sleekness shared by Gray Morrow and a few others that hinted at a "high art" possibility for the comicbook medium.

Looking back at these stories through the lens of nostalgia (and finding good stuff to share with my kid) I gotta say, these Brave And The Bold issues (#98-122) are better than most of the stuff I was reading back then, and they hold up really well. This was indisputably one of the best eras for Batman, when DC moved to reintroduce a more serious feel to the character after decades of kid-friendly, humor-oriented goofiness in the sci-fi '50s and tv-show '60s. Bob Haney and Jim Aparo's Batman was more of a procedural-cop detective in a gritty urban environs, but with a hip '70s edge. Some of the hippie-era slang seems out of character coming from Batman and Commissioner Gordon, but it's in keeping with the socially-conscious storylines, full of peace signs, sideburns, bell-bottom pants and protest signs.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brian48 on September 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love the late, great Jim Aparo. If not for Neal Adams, his interpretation would have been represented as the Batman of the Bronze Age. I like this collected volume and would recommend it to any Batman fan, but I wish they could have done a better job in some areas. I have two minor gripes and one major one.

First, the minor ones: This was a straight, no-frills reprint of the Brave and the Bold run and "feels" like a quick cash-in on Batman's current popularity by DC. Being a straight reprint of only the BB run is not necessarily bad, it's just that the title of the book was not very clear about this. I was looking forward to some of the stories from his run in Detective Comics as well. Obviously, they are saving this for Vol 2 if this book is successful.

On that note, since this was a straight reprint, it would have been nice to have seen all the covers for these books whether they were drawn by Aparo or not. As it stands, some chapters have covers reprinted and some don't. I understand having covers drawn by Neal Adams or Nick Cardy may have taken a little bit of the spotlight from Aparo's work, but it would have been nice to have them included in some way for completeness, even if it's just a small section in the back.

Second, and by far, the biggest issue I have with this book is that there is no foreword or write-up of any kind. This is one of things I look forward to when I buy these collected editions. I think Aparo deserved a little more respect than that. Someone over at DC should have step up to the plate to write a few words about what made the run significant and/or Aparo's contributions to the evolution of the Batman character. Moreover, with exception of a short paragraph on the inside back of the dust cover, there is absolutely no credit or mention of Bob Haney anywhere. Love or hate this run of the BB, he was as much credit to it as Jim Aparo.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By BookLover59 on April 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First, it should be noted that having Jim Aparo's "Brave & Bold" artwork collected, in color, for the first (LONG overdue!) time is reason enough for a five star review. That said, despite the egregious errors in layout by DC Comics, this is still a five star rave BECAUSE OF THE OUTSTANDING QUALITY OF JIM APARO'S ARTWORK, especially during the early to mid-seventies, which is when the "Brave & Bold" issues collected herein were published (it's a shame that whomever DC hired to put it all together didn't made the missteps mentioned below). Jim Aparo's intial run on "The Brave & the Bold" took place during the height of his artistic powers. Unfortunately, when the guy who did the layout for this collection dropped the ball for issues 112-117 (which were published as big, thick, extra-packed comic issues, featuring a brand new story and then B&B reprints). DC and their graphics coordinator chose to display the covers of these issues at the same size as the original comics. And the covers for these issues featured Jim Aparo's original artwork, plus bits of artwork from the reprints, so the original artwork was shrunk down and sectioned off. Seeing the covers reprinted is a terrific thing if you don't own the comics, because you'll be seeing Aparo's covers for the first time. But an absolutely dumb idea if one is putting together a book to celebrate the genius of Aparo: DC should have ENLARGED the covers, focusing specifically on the section that contains Aparo's artwork, especially since these issues were produced during the height of his artistic ability.

Aparo REALLY got good around issue 104 or 105; and he became great by issue 111, the one with the famous Batman/Joker cover that Amazon has displayed.
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