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Saturday, July 06, 2013

Splash Page Saturday: Aquaman #57

Jim Aparo was good at everything (when it came to comics; I don't know if he could, say, play the guitar or a cook a meal), and so while I try not to pick one of his splash pages every time we do a Splash Page Saturday, I find myself coming back to his work again and again.

This is the splash from Aquaman #57, the first issue of the Sea King's solo series after it had been restarted in 1977. It's full of action and excitement, exactly the kind of thing you want when you're trying to grab the reader from the get go.

A nice little bonus is the word "Aquaman" being spelled out in rock; I don't know if Aparo was consciously paying tribute to Nick Cardy's classic cover to Aquaman #42, but either way it works!



Joseph Brian Scott said...


I was so excited when this hit the stands! To have Aquaman back in his own (bimonthly) book! I would just stare at the cover to this issue forever, and I slept with it under my pillow; honest. And then the bitter disappointment I felt when Aparo only stayed with the book for three issues. No offense to the late Mr. Newton--I've come to appreciate him much more in the intervening years--but he just wasn't Aparo.

Joe Slab said...

Aparo will always be the definitive Aquaman artist for me, taken to young, too soon.

But Mr. Cardy is alive & kicking and just did an interview with the Huffington Post this week!