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RIP Norm Breyfogle

Batman #465, drawn by Norm Breyfogle. [DC Comics]
Batman #465, drawn by Norm Breyfogle. [DC Comics]

Former "Batman" artist Norm Breyfogle has passed away at age 58, according to Comic Book Resources and other sources. 

Artist Norm Breyfogle broke into comics in the early 1980s and was a popular Batman artist for six years on "Detective Comics," "Batman" and "Shadow of the Bat."  From 1987 to 1993, Breyfogle drew the Dark Knight across the pages of three titles, as Batman became even more prominent in pop culture. 

Breyfogle was responsible for the 1990 redesign of Robin that led to the popular series starring the Tim Drake version of the character and was a co-creator of characters including Anarky and the Ventriloquist and Scarface. 

In the mid-1990s he helped launch the Malibu Ultraverse with the character of Prime, a young teen who transformed into a buff superhero. Also for Malibu, he was responsible for his own creator-owned series with "Metaphysique." 

In 2010, he took over the art on "Life With Archie," starring a future version of Archie Andrews, the most popular teen humor character in comic book history. (You can read his interview with The Oklahoman from 2010 about "Life With Archie" here.)

In December 2014, Breyfogle suffered a stroke that made drawing seem somewhere between unlikely and impossible. Paste Magazine reported on his recovery process in 2015. A fan outpouring of support led to a renewed interest in Breyfogle's work and a reprinting of some of his best-known Batman stories from DC Comics. A second volume of "Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle" was set for a November release. 

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Batman #465, drawn by Norm Breyfogle. [DC Comics]

Batman #465, drawn by Norm Breyfogle. [DC Comics]

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