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  1. So last night I won my first Jim Aparo page. Per Heritage.com “The page is most likely from an unused inventory story, as it was created on 1990 DC Bristol board, with no issue number written in the top margin, nor any other publication stamps. Ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 9" x 14.75". Creasing in top left and bottom right corners, but doesn't affect the image area. In Excellent Condition.” This is a very special page for me as it is drawn by my all time favorite Batman artist Jim Aparo. My best guess based on the inking is that the Inker for this page would be Stan Woch. Estimated year of creation is 1997 based on the time period that Jim and Stan collaborated on Batman: Shadow of the Bat. This is definitely representative of Aparo ‘s later work but it’s still absolutely fantastic. When I was five my Dad bought me my first comic, Batman #442. Prior to this my exposure to Batman was the 1989 Tim Burton film and the Super Power Action figure. I remember picking up Batman #442 off the shelf of Phantom of the Attic in Parkway Center Mall. The cover by George Perez featured Robin (Tim Drake) swinging towards us with the Batsignal shining bright perfectly framing the Boy Wonder. It’s an iconic cover and I can easily see why my five year old self picked it up of the shelf even though the issue was not a new release. The comic was drawn by the incomparable Mr. Jim Aparo. Since that day Jim Aparo’s unmistakable style is, was, and will always be synonymous with my favorite storytelling medium and my favorite fictional character. Aparo’s style was a no nonsense superhero style. His Batman was built more like a gymnast than bodybuilder, which lent to how Batman would move and fight. His pacing was perfect Aparo’s action and storytelling is still my favorite and epitomizes what comics are to me. I have collected comic art and sketches for almost twenty years with the past two being a very active and engaged member of the OA community and in all that time I have not had an opportunity to really afford an Aparo Batman page whether that be because of my own ignorance or financial limitations. I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Aparo but the stories I have heard from other collectors are that he was polite and pretty modest, not quite grasping why the fans loved his art so much. To this day I would love to know more about him and hope to hear more during my collecting adventures. When this page presented itself on Heritage I knew I had to take a shot. Previously I had not won any auction on Heritage, to be honest it was never even close. So this time I looked at the page and made my bid, which I was hoping since the page was unpublished would bring me over the top. As I watched the clock run down and the hammer drop I finally won a piece from my grail Batman/Comic artist. The joy was palpable and I knew that this would be the first of many pieces I would eventually own from Jim Aparo. My Batman artist. Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to meet him. I was wondering if anyone here had the chance to meet him at a Comic Con or Signing and if they did, would they mind sharing any stories or anecdotes about this incredible artist. What was he like? Thank you in advance.