Alan Grant Talks Norm Breyfogle
"The artist on Detective at the time was Norm Breyfogle. 'When a writer and artist hit it off, like Wagner and Ezquerra, they add a dimension to stories nobody put there before. Some kind of synergy shines through. You can see it in nearly everything John's worked on with Carlos. All the important characters John's created, I'd say, were done with Carlos. I felt the same about Breyfogle - Norm was my Carlos and I was his Wagner!'
"Grant was recently asked to write an introduction for a book showcasing Breyfogle's art. 'I read over the first two years of Batman we did together. I hate blowing my own trumpet about anything. I don't usually do it. My work either stands up on its own or falls down, I can't justify or argue for it. But those Batmans, it was f**king cracking stuff! No wonder the Americans went crazy for it. They were used to Batman fighting jelly monsters from space, the character being treated like some kind of soap opera. That wasn't my idea of Batman, what he should be. Norm and I redefined Batman, made him what we wanted the character to be. We had a brilliant run. I re-read all the letters pages, to make sure it wasn't just me who felt the material was that good. The letters pages were just the same. It wasn't all down to me, it was Norm's art as well. I'd say Breyfogle's four years on Batman are better than anything anybody's done since. I'm not saying there aren't better individual stories. Bolland will illustrate a story like The Killing Joke, or Kelley Jones will do a great Batman tale. But for consistent month-in, month-out brilliance, no one touches Norm.'"
And he's still producing better work than ever. But don't believe the masses that are calling for Norm to once again shine at your companies, and lend his talents to your characters, go and phone Alan Grant and tell him why Norm isn't good enough.
Make sure you record it - I'd love to hear all the swear words. Once your ears have recovered then give Norm a call and get him working - and better yet have Alan Grant write the frigging story! In the meantime, the rest of you out there, go and buy the two Dredd Megazines - the interview is worth double the price alone.