I am very sad to hear of the passing of Batman artist Norm Breyfogle. His artwork was my re-introduction to comics in the late 1980s. He was also the creator of one of my favorite characters - Anarky. I was fortunate enough to meet him a couple of times. I also interviewed him a few times over the years. I remember how hard he worked to re-train himself to draw after his stroke. No one will ever capture the Dark Knight quite like he did.
For those who didn't know, Breyfogle was widely regarded as [one] of the definitive Batman artists, primarily for his run as artist on Detective Comics alongside writer Alan Grant, as well as subsequent work on Batman and Batman: Shadow of the Bat during which Breyfogle co-created characters such as the Ventriloquist, Ratcatcher, Zsasz, and Jeremiah Arkham.
Breyfogle also co-created the character Prime for Malibu Comics. He continued to work for DC Comics until 2013, with his final work appearing in Batman Beyond Unlimited.
Norm and I would correspond via Facebook and he was always open to speaking about his career and the evolution of his characters from printed page to small screen and beyond. I recently went through my website archives and found a couple of interviews / articles I did with Norm. I've attached some links below and hope that you'll take the time to read them in honor of one of the greatest Batman artists ever.
Artist Norm Breyfogle Talks Batman Beyond Unlimited and "Beware the Batman"
The above interview was done with Norm right before his stroke in 2013.
Norm Breyfogle Responds to Anarky Character Coming to "Arrow"
The article / interview above was done with Norm around a year after his stroke and he was working hard to continue working in the comic book industry.
Norm Breyfogle passed away on Monday, September 25th in Houghton, Michigan at the age of 58.
Below is the announcement of Norm Breyfogle's passing by his good friend, Daniel Best.
"Norm Breyfogle. 1960-2018
It is with the heaviest of heavy hearts that I wake this morning. After one loss, comes another. My best friend in the comic book industry, Norm Breyfogle, passed away this week.
Details are being kept private for now, and when they are able to be released, along with the funeral arrangements, I’ll be sure to let people know.
Right now I’m numb. Norm was more than just an artist and writer, he was a person who I connected with on so many levels.
I haven’t the words."
He drew my favorite version of The Bat for years. Norm Breyfogle honored the Dark Knight with a legendary career filled with some of the boldest, stylistically superior Batman renderings ever penciled. His work fueled my imagination and made me love Batman more. Rest In Peace... https://t.co/iQgVgPdjzq— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) September 26, 2018
Deeply saddened to hear of Norm Breyfogle's passing. His Batman was a staple of my youth, and his contributions to comics in general, and Gotham City in particular, are immeasurable. I imagine the Batsignal lit just for him tonight. #RIP pic.twitter.com/u4w20fZsD7— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) September 26, 2018
I just heard that Norm Breyfogle has passed away. I had the pleasure of working with Norm on THE SPECTRE and he was a wonderful collaborator: powerful drawing, impeccable storytelling—and he really thought about the stories. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/GTiBtgtQSn— J.M. DeMatteis (@JMDeMatteis) September 26, 2018
RIP Norm. So damn sad. Batman Artist Norm Breyfogle Died on Monday, Aged 58 - Bleeding Cool News And Rumors https://t.co/HAMsKKeabO— Jimmy Palmiotti (@jpalmiotti) September 26, 2018
There was a time when Norm Breyfogle's depiction of Batman was absolutely iconic and embraced by readers all over the world. He left us far too soon. RIP.— Dan Jurgens (@thedanjurgens) September 26, 2018
When I close my eyes and think of Batman (which I do oddly often and occasionally professionally), I see Norm Breyfogle’s cover for Batman 465.— Tom King (@TomKingTK) September 26, 2018
The protector and his ward. The bats in the night. The cape and the shadow.
RIP Mr. Breyfogle. Thank you for the beautiful dreams. pic.twitter.com/qPfKKzQnCI
Tremendously saddened to hear of the passing of the great artist Norm Breyfogle. With his dynamic and expressive style, he was one of the beloved, definitive Batman artists who brought him to life for generations of appreciative comics fans. https://t.co/x38VMQCUgm— Jim Lee (@JimLee) September 27, 2018
Aw no. Dammit. Norm is gone. Age 58. Too young. R.I.P. Norm Breyfogle https://t.co/2Jrva9OBYS via @comicsbeat— Bill Sienkiewicz (@sinKEVitch) September 27, 2018
Saddened to hear of Norm Breyfogle's passing. He had a unmistakable style all his own and inspired many Batman creators with his work, including me. My thoughts go out to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/UFSbXhnQZs— Tony S Daniel (@TonyDanielx2) September 26, 2018
Sad to hear about the passing of Norm Breyfogle. He was the artist of the first superhero comic I ever bought, leaving a lifelong mark & influence on me. I was lucky enough to meet him once- he came an introduced himself to me at a con after hearing I was a big fan. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/QRnIW6SiyK— Josh Howard (@joshuahoward) September 26, 2018
Such sad news about #NormBreyfogle. Didn't really know him, only met him a couple of times. But he was one of the great Batman artists of the last 30 or 40 years, IMO. Hell, he was an all-time great. RIP, Norm. pic.twitter.com/YanqcXEkGs— Cully Hamner (@CullyHamner) September 27, 2018
R.I.P. Norm Breyfogle. So sad, crushing. https://t.co/qVJvF6Oqw7— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) September 26, 2018
Saddened by the news of Norm Breyfogle's passing. He was the storyteller behind same of my favorite Batman/Detective Comics runs. A HUGE talent gone way too soon. Thanks for your gift, Norm. pic.twitter.com/udQwbkD7m4— FrancescoFrancavilla (@f_francavilla) September 27, 2018
Norm Breyfogle was THE Batman artist for me, when I was a kid. I'd sit and try to copy his drawings for hours. Very saddened to hear about his passing. Please consider donating to @heroinitiative— Jeff Lemire (@JeffLemire) September 26, 2018