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Norm Breyfogle

Illustrator: Batman Beyond and Archies Comics

Norm Breyfogle was born on February 27, 1960 in Iowa City, Iowa. From a very early age, Norm liked to draw. When he was 12 years old, he began taking private lessons from commercial artist Andrew Benson. Around this time, he also won his first award at a town and country art show. The Daily Mining Gazette, a newspaper in Houghton, Michigan, profiled Norm in 1976 as “Norm Breyfogle: Near Master Cartoonist at 16.” During his time in high school, he co-plotted, wrote, and illustrated a comic book titled Tech Team for Michigan Technological University.

Mr. Breyfogle drew for Tales of Terror, a horror anthology published by Eclipse Comics. Following that, and still breaking into the comic scene, Norm wrote, illustrated, and lettered a Captain America story in Marvel Fanfare in 1986. He then drew Whisper for First Comics in 1986-1987 – his first monthly book – before landing a big series: Detective Comics (starring Batman, published by DC Comics).

When teamed with writer Alan Grant, Norm helped repopularize Batman and revive the sales of Detective Comics. He drew the Batman for six years (1987-93), penciling Detective Comics from 1987-1990, then moving to Batman to introduce the new Robin from 1990-1992, and finally starting a new Batman series for DC titled Shadow of the Bat from 1992-1993. During his six year run on the character of the Batman, he also did a few Batman one-shots, two of them being Batman: Holy Terror (an Elseworlds story) and Batman: Birth of the Demon, which he hand painted.

From 1994-1995, Norm wrote and illustrated his own comic titled Metaphysique for Malibu’s creator-owned Bravura line. It was a 6 issue mini-series that received acclaimed reviews (Metaphysique was also the title of a previous two issue anthology which collected work Norm had written, penciled, and inked in college; this two issue Metaphysique was published in 1992, by Eclipse Comics.)

In 1999, Norm began work co-plotting, penciling, and inking Batman: Dreamland, (written by Alan Grant), a sequel to 1998′s Batman: The Abduction. He also penciled and inked an Elseworld’s story (written by Pat McGreal) involving the Flash, titled Flashpoint. During this time, Anarky, despite the great stories and wonderful artwork, was canceled.

In 2004 Norm began work on an illustrated children’s book for the local Society of St. John Monastery, finished many commissions for fans, put together a couple printed sketchbooks showcasing his work, and continued writing his novel, getting up to halfway done at page 100, finishing through chapter 6. He also wrote over 40 poems and over 1300 haikus in a 5 month marathon.

Among his accomplishments, there are numerous awards he has received. Among those awards are two first place blue ribbons at the San Diego Con in 1984 for “Best Comic or Con Related Art” and “Most Popular Artist” as well as a second place in 1985 (behind the first place awarded to the internationally acclaimed artist Mobieus) for “Comic Art.”

Norm is one of the true artistic legends when it comes to Batman.  He defined the title for the 1990s when he drew both Detective Comics and Batman, in collaboration with writer Alan Grant and occasional inker Steve Mitchell.  Now Norm returns to draw the Dark Knight of the future with best-selling writer Adam Beechen.