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.