One of my top five all time favorite artists, and a guy who was hugely popular in the 1990s, was Norm Breyfogle. He was a mainstay in the Batman books for years drawing some of the best stories from that era, usually teamed up with writer Alan Grant. After what seemed like near-ubiquity at DC Comics he began to do sporadic work at Malibu, Marvel and then back at DC Comics again, before dropping out of sight from mainstream comics.
Every year I hope to be put in charge of DC Comics so I could make bringing Norm Breyfogle back to Gotham one of my top priorities, and every year my phone doesn’t ring…
Any day now. It’ll ring any day now.
The other guys can attest that when we’re hanging out I have a tendency to blurt out “I wonder what Norm Breyfogle is working on these days…” and then I’ll sigh and go about my business.
Lo’ and behold he’s got a book coming out this week! And it’s Archie’s Double Digest #202!
The current story in Archie’s Double Digest is part of the new line of Archie stories that eschews the classic cartoon look for a more realistic approach to the art. This is the third part of a four part arc that Breyfogle is drawing, which means I’m going to have to try to track down the previous digests. I’ve never read one of these books before, but there’s a first time for everything!
There’s a short interview with Breyfogle over on Comics Continuum as well as a bunch of preview pages and character designs.
I’m telling you folks, the stars are aligning this year and I’m being slowly pulled back to Riverdale. And I’m powerless to stop it!