Former 'Batman' artist continues 'Archie' tale

Norm Breyfogle draws alternate futures in which Archie marries Betty, Veronica.
by Matthew Price Published: August 25, 2010
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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." Now, he's drawing another iconic character: Archie Andrews, the most popular teen humor character in comic book history.

Breyfogle is drawing the follow-up to the popular Archie "wedding" series, "Life With Archie: The Married Life," in which Archie's possible wedded future is explored. Half of the magazine's comic stories look at Archie and Betty's potential future; the other half, Archie and Veronica.

Breyfogle answered questions from The Oklahoman about the new magazine; issue No. 1 is on sale now.

Q: The Archie wedding series was a monster hit. Does that make it more exciting to come on board and do the official continuation of the story?

A: Certainly! But then, I'd enjoy it, regardless; I just like to draw. Yes, the publicity revolving around the Archie wedding was definitely a good thing for sales, and it looks like that's rubbing off on our series, too.

Q: You were known for action with your long association with Batman. Do you expect Archie to be facing storylines that cause him to become a man of action?

A: Haven't thought much about that. Although I've suggested to Archie Comics some springboard ideas (not particularly "action-oriented," by the way), I'm drawing whatever they want me to draw. I'm really enjoying the writing from Michael Uslan (he wrote a two-year outline and the first two scripts) and Paul Kupperberg (he's writing all the scripts after the first two, based upon Michael's outline).

Q: Tell me about bringing your artistic style to the well-known look of the Archie character, and melding both together.

A: I was a little worried about how that would work out, since I'd never drawn in such a style before. But once I realized that all that's really required for a "traditional" Archie drawing style is to follow the formula for the faces and to keep the body proportions at five to six heads tall (instead of the seven to nine heads tall used for most all other mainstream adventure stories, especially superheroes), it came quite naturally to me. I've discovered that everything else can be more or less my own established, dramatic drawing style.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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