Friday, August 09, 2013

Friday Night Fights: Mosquito - Round 12: Who Was Marvel's Jim Aparo?

For tonight's round of Friday Night Fights: Mosquito, I answer a question that has plagued even noted scholars: Who was Marvel's version of Jim Aparo?

The solution to this vexing conundrum comes courtesy of Avengers#158 written by Jim Shooter, and inked by Pablo Marcos, and penciled by....

Well, I'll let these panels featuring this dramatic showdown between Vision and Wonder Man speak for themselves. Notice the grace and power in these fight scenes.


Warning: One of the more annoying aspects of those early Wonder Man appearances was how writers like Jim Shooter here felt the need to constantly remind the reader that Simon was nearly as strong as Thor. I mean, they flogged that horse to death.

Yes, Simon, you're almost as strong as Thor. WE GET IT!

Sure, you may say, these were all impressive fight moves, but Marvel's Jim Aparo?

Well, my skeptical friends, this next scene will prove it.

Observe what happens when Vision pulls out his signature move.

Wait for it...

Here comes.....

The moment of proof!

Simon hits Vision with such power in that panel that it looks like Vizh's HEAD EXPLODES!

Proof positive that our pal Sal Buscema....

...was Marvel's Jim Aparo!!

From Avengers#158 written by Jim Shooter, and inked by Pablo Marcos, and drawn by the hard-hitting Mr. Buscema.

For tonight's fight music, here's a wonder-ful video by Keane.

For more Aparo-esque altercations, click here. And don't forget to vote!


At 6:23 PM , Blogger snell said...

You had better quality scans than I had for this fight :-P

At 7:38 PM , Blogger notintheface said...

Forgot you did this one.

Mine came from Comixology closeups. Luckily, Sal drew this one in straight-up square & rectangular panels. If it had been, say, a vintage Gene Colan scene, I would've had a devil of a time.

At 8:26 AM , Blogger SallyP said...

Well...I dunno.

I was a rabid John Buscema fan, but the way that Sal draws mouths always drove me nuts.

And there is only ONE Aparo!

At 8:48 PM , Blogger notintheface said...

Those mouths were the one big flaw in Sal's art, yes. That and a lot of his faces looking perpetually scared witless.

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