Norm Breyfogle Biography
Norm Breyfogle Bio
|Norman Keith “Norm” Breyfogle was born on 27th February 1960 and died 24 September 2018. He was an American artist, best known for his comic book art on the Batman family of comics from 1987 to 1995. During this time, he co-created the villains Ventriloquist and Ratcatcher with writers Alan Grant and John Wagner, and the characters Anarky, Jeremiah Arkham, Victor Zsasz, and Amygdala with Grant alone. He co-created with writers Gerard Jones and Len Strazewski the Malibu Comics Ultraverse flagship hero Prime, and both wrote and drew the Malibu-published series featuring his original character Metaphysique.|
|Norm Breyfogle Born||He was born on 27th February 1960Iowa City, Iowa|
|Norm Breyfogle Died||He died on 24 September 2018 in Houghton, Michigan|
|Norm Breyfogle Cause of Death||The cause of death is not yet known, but he had suffered a stroke in December 2014.|
|Education||Northern Michigan University|
|Area(s)||Writer, Penciller, Inker, Letterer|
Norm Breyfogle Early life and career
At a tender age of 12 years old, Breyfogle began taking private lessons from commercial artist Andrew Benson. Around this time, he won his first award at a town and country art show. The Daily Mining Gazette, the local newspaper in Houghton, Michigan, profiled him 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. In 1977, he submitted his version of Robin’s costume to DC Comics. This was published in Batman Family #13.
After high school, Breyfogle attended Northern Michigan University, studying painting and illustration. During his time in college, Breyfogle worked as an illustrator for a local magazine and a graphics company. In 1980, he illustrated a book titled Bunyan: Lore’s Loggin’ Hero, published by Book Concern. Shortly after college, Breyfogle moved to California in 1982. He worked as a draftsman and later as a technical illustrator designing a Space Shuttle training manual for the United Space Boosters.
Norm Breyfogle Early comics work
In 1984, Breyfogle penciled a six-page story for DC Comics’ New Talent Showcase. Mike Friedrich (President of Star Reach, a representative talent agency) saw Breyfogle’s work hanging at the 1985 San Diego Comic-Con Art Show and began representing him. This was followed by several issues of First Comics’ American Flagg, penciling a backup story titled “Bob Violence” in 1985. During this time he drew for Tales of Terror, a horror anthology published by Eclipse Comics. Following that, Breyfogle wrote, illustrated, and lettered a Captain America story in Marvel Fanfare #29 (Nov. 1986). He then drew Whisper for First Comics in 1986–1987, his first monthly book, before landing on Detective Comics starring Batman published by DC Comics.
Norm Breyfogle Batman
Breyfogle Teamed with writer Alan Grant, Breyfogle worked on Detective Comics. They introduced the Ventriloquist in their first Batman story together and the Ratcatcher in their third. He drew the Batman for six years (1987–1993), 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 Batman: Shadow of the Bat from 1992–1993 which saw the Grant/Breyfogle team create three new characters, Jeremiah Arkham, Mr. Zsasz, and Amygdala. During his six-year run on the Batman character, he drew a few one-shots, two of them being Batman: Holy Terror, the first DC comic book to feature the Elseworlds logo, and Batman: Birth of the Demon, which he hand painted. He provided pencils to a 10-page short story in Superman 80-Page Giant #1 (Feb. 1999).
Norm Breyfogle Later work Highlights
- In 2000, Breyfogle drew the Elseworlds three-issue mini-series Flashpoint. In 2001, DC offered him the job of penciling The Spectre monthly, which he drew for one year.
- He spent 2003 penciling and inking the title Black Tide, published by Angel Gate Press.
- In 2004, Breyfogle began work on an illustrated children’s book for the Society of St. John Monastery.
- In February 2005 he accepted an offer to pencil and ink the interiors and covers of the new ongoing monthly title Of Bitter Souls from studio Relative Comics, initially published by Speakeasy Comics.
- In 2007, he provided art for the main story interiors and the covers for the comic book titled The Danger’s Dozen. He began a professional relationship with the London-based art agency Debut Art.
- Starting in 2006, he began a working relationship with Mazz Press, contributing stand-alone illustrations to two novels by Stephen Pytak, The .40 Caliber Mousehunt, and The Wild Damned.
- In 2008, Breyfogle began drawing Archie’s New Look, for Archie’s Double Digest, published by Archie Publications. Breyfogle drew two titles for Archie Comics: Archie Loves Betty and Archie loves Veronica.
- He returned to DC to draw DC Retroactive: Batman – The ’90s, written by his former Batman collaborator Alan Grant, in October 2011. Breyfogle contributed art to DC’s Batman Beyond Unlimited digital comic series from 2012–2013; later reprinted as an 18 issue series.
- In 2015, DC published Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle Vol. 1, a hardcover collection of Breyfogle’s early Batman stories. A second volume is set for release in late 2018.
Norm Breyfogle Stroke
In December 2014, Breyfogle suffered a stroke, which caused paralysis on his left side. He was left-handed, and although he regained some use of his left side, he was no longer able to draw professionally.
Norm Breyfogle Death and Cause
Breyfogle died on 24 September 2018 aged (58), in Houghton, Michigan. While a cause of death is not yet known, he had suffered a stroke in December 2014.
Tributes for the artist flooded Twitter following the news, with the great and good of the comic book world expressing their sadness while praising Breyfogle’s legacy. He was credited with being a driving force in the evolution of the Batman character, which he was involved with consistently from 1987 to 1995.
So saddened to hear of the passing of Norm Breyfogle. I never got to meet the man but talk about someone who defined a whole era of my life and continued to be a huge inspiration into adulthood and my career.
Breyfogle was THE Batman artist. Rest In Peace, sir. pic.twitter.com/59u7QlsbhV
— Mitch Gerads @NYCC K-34 (@MitchGerads) September 26, 2018
— Dave Scheidt (@DaveScheidt) September 26, 2018
Batman artist Norm Breyfogle passed away. Norm's Batman was pure adrenalin rush. Everything was drawn to suit what Norm wanted to express, his exuberance on the page could not be pinned down by mundane mechanics and necessities.
He will be remembered. pic.twitter.com/PBi3iapBaO
— Patch Zircher (@PatrickZircher) September 26, 2018
Really sad to hear about Norm Breyfogle's passing. A remarkable artist, and an incredibly gracious and lovely man. He got cheated out of the long, healthy life he deserved, and we got cheated out of a lot of cool comics. pic.twitter.com/1Qc2VoVhxX
— Ande Parks (@andeparks) September 26, 2018