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.
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.
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).
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.
A: I wouldn't say I'm anticipating that, but I suppose it could happen. Whatever is decided is probably going to be fine with me. It all depends on how much of a change Archie Comics wants to explore, I suppose.
Right now, the biggest changes are happening in the circumstances surrounding Archie, not so much in Archie himself. As a character, I'd say that Archie himself has a pretty stable psychology. He's got a very strong sense of right and wrong, and I'd think that will keep him more or less on an even keel. It's one of the main qualities and strengths of the character, and I don't see that changing. Lots of other things can change, though, and already have.
A: Maybe because I'm not from a wealthy or privileged background, I favor Betty. She seems to be the one that's sweeter, easier to get along with.
A: Since I'm not the writer or editor, I should limit my comments to the artwork (I wouldn't want to give away too much about what's coming up, storywise). I really like the higher quality paper, the coloring, and the two-stories-in-one magazine format, all of which gives it all more a prestigious sense than I'd expected back when it was originally planned as two separate, traditionally formatted monthly titles.
And, the two artists inking my pencils, Joe Rubinstein and Andrew Pepoy, are wonderful! (By the way), I personally requested Rubinstein as an inker because I've always liked his inks on my pencils, ever since our collaboration on DC Comics' title "Anarky."