Friday, April 2, 2010

Famous First Fridays: "Bikini Hawaiian Style" by Jim Aparo

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Today's edition of Famous First Fridays is extra special since it represents the dynamite debut of the late, great Jim Aparo. Mr. Aparo is best known as one of the premiere Groovy Age artists on Batman, Aquaman, the Spectre, the Phantom Stranger, and the Phantom--but believe it or not he got his start on this Bikini Luv strip from Go-Go #6 (January 1967). Not only is it a treat to see Aparo's earliest work, but his cartooning skills are also a joy to behold. How can you not love his Elvis Presley send-up? Kick back and flip out with "Bikini Hawaiian Style!", baby!

Thank you. Thank you, very much.


  1. groove,

    thanks for posting this. i've never seen any aparo work in this style before, amazing!

  2. Thank you.

    I've got a lot of Charltons in my collection, but these classics of Bikini Luv by Jim Aparo are a big giant hole in that pile of great old comics.

    It's a pity that Aparo did not get more chance to do comedy, he's clearly excellent at it.

    Thanks again.

    Rip Off

  3. Awesome choice GA. It took me forever to find this issue and I was very happy when I finally found it a few years ago. Great stuff!

  4. First time I saw this. He clearly could see how the relationship was between Elvis and the Col. way back in 67. Most people didn't see that.



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