Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The best Batman artist ever?????

My latest Comics You Should Own column features Detective Comics #583-594 and #601-614, Alan Grant and John Wagner writing (and Grant alone from #601 onward) with Norm Breyfogle on pencils. Breyfogle, as I've mentioned before, doesn't get the credit he deserves, but he just might be the best Batman artist ever. He's definitely in the top 5. Go read and dare to challenge that statement!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I think of under appreciated Batman artists... I think of Byrne. When I think of VASTLY under appreciated, kickin'-it-all-kinds-of-greatness, Batman artists... I think of Breyfogle.

Where is the man?

5/23/2006 08:41:00 PM  
Blogger T. said...

Breyfogle was incredible, he lured me over from Marvel books in the 90s, a feat previously impossible. They should get him back.

5/23/2006 08:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't agree--I did get used to his style, and it fit certain characters well, such as Scarface.
But his drawing style was too squared off, and detracted from my enjoyment of the story until I got used to it--he wasn't bad, but best ever?
Not even close.
Off the top of my head I'd have to say my top 5 would include Marshall Rogers & Jim Aparo.

5/23/2006 09:07:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

This sounds like a separate post, because the opinions would fly!

Anonymous - he's currently drawing Of Bitter Souls, which was being published by Speakeasy before it went under. Three issues actually saw the light of day, and I think it moved over to Markosia. So maybe we'll see it again some day.

5/23/2006 09:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could be right - although maybe tied with (wait for it) Kelley Jones! The 90s weren't bad for Batman - once you discount everything that sucked.

5/23/2006 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Breyfogle is great, but I don't think he clears the top 5 Bat-artists list- Rogers, Aparo, Sprang, Mazuchelli, Miller, and Adams all beat him out. I'd snatch up a Grant/Breyfogle collection in a heartbeat, mind you.

5/23/2006 09:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Batman artist? Have to give it to Aparo, kids. Followed by Mazzuchelli, Neal Adams, Frank Miller, and then Breyfogle.

5/23/2006 10:19:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

Hell YES Breyfogle's the best Batman artist ever. Aparo's might be more "definitive," but my favorite shall always be Breyfogle.

5/23/2006 10:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fyi for breyfogle fans - norm and a few of his pals from markosia press will be signing at midtown comics in nyc on june 24th

midtown comics signing & event page

5/24/2006 01:14:00 AM  
Blogger T. said...

No Batman artist could do fight choreography like Norm Breyfogle, h could really capture grace and movement on the page like no other. McDaniel is pretty good at that too.

The whole love of Kelley Jones though. NEVER got that. I stopped buying the moment he became penciller, and I'm proud to say I never bought a single issue he drew. Ug. LEE.

5/24/2006 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger James Plumb said...

favourite run of detective comics ever! read these when i was a kid and this defined Batman for me!

5/24/2006 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger Dave Ziegler said...

I don't know about best ever, as Aparo really has that claim, but Breyfogle is certainly my favorite. Anyone looking for the goods beyond Detective needs to read Batman: Holy Terror, Batman: Shadow of the Bat (what was it, the first dozen issues or so? More? I don't have my boxes handy), and a pretty lengthy run on the main Batman book. Seriously, he's excellent. I always appreciated the angles and depth he gave to the Bat.

5/24/2006 01:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1- Marshall Rogers
2- Brian Bolland
3- Neal Adams
4- Don Newton
5- Dick Giordano
6- Frank Miller/David Mazuchelli
7- Jim Aparo
8- Alan Davis
9- Bruce Timm
10-Bill Finger

No disrespect to Norm, but there were other greats.

5/24/2006 06:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shoot, I meant Jerry Robinson (not Bill Finger; in fact, I think Bill was a writer, not an artist.)

5/24/2006 06:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After thinkking it over--in addition to Rogers & Aparo--my top 5 also includes Neal Adams, Dick Giordano and Walt Simonson.

5/25/2006 12:54:00 AM  
Blogger Rob Schamberger said...

One of my first comics ever was an issue of 'Tec that was the first part of a team-up with The Demon. Man, Breyfogle knocked it outta the park there!

When I think 'Batman', though, I picture Aparo, but my favorite as a kid was Kelley Jones by far.

5/25/2006 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, someone who mirrors my thoughts. Breyfogle is THE Batman artist. No disrespect whatsoever, but Aparo's (God bless his soul)Batman looked and reacted the same way allthroughout his runs. Same with Miller, et al. Breyfogle knew variety and exploited it wonderfully.

Kelley Jones' treatment of Batman was fun for a while. His style was a breather from the usual Batman depiction. But one could only take so much of it.

6/15/2006 10:00:00 AM  
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8/10/2006 08:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neal Adams is the guy that brought Batman back to his roots in a new fashion, since he drew Batman every other artist has really just been an imitator. Frank Miller just tweaked Adams' concept and Jim Lee just copied Frank Miller's work changing it slightly to make Batman look younger, but Neal Adams work is the real primer for all the artist's that came after. Neal Adams made Batman into the ultimate hero, the dark knight, the dark detective, his Batman is the trademark Batman rendition, all others just new versions of Adams' masterwork. Even Aparo for all his great work, just followed in Adams' footsteps. Any Batman fan knows that Neal Adams is the man who defined Batman's image, behind in greatness only to Bob Kane and Bill Finger.

8/23/2006 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Breyfogle was great. He did great work in the late 80s which I love.
Here is my list:

1. Jim Lee
2. Neal Adams
3. Kelley Jones
4. Brian Bolland
5. Frank Miller (not Dark Knight strikes again)
6. Norm Brefogle
7. Marshall Rogers
8. Klaus Janson
9. David Mazuchelli
10. Scott Mcdaniel

This is just from my head, it would be better if I had their work infront of me.

12/02/2007 03:18:00 PM  
Blogger Tommy! said...

Here's my list:

1- Neal Adams
2- Brian Bolland
3- Dick Sprang
4- Jim Aparo
5- Jim Lee
6- Dick Giordano
7- Bruce Timm
8- Marshall Rogers
9- Bill Finger
10-Bob Kane?

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Amparo will be #1 followed closely by Breyfogle, still I have my doubts in how close because there are issues drawn by Breyfogle that are amazing.

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Anonymous Tadalafil said...

Amparo would have to be the greatest artist to have ever been in Batman, and I believe it will take a long time before someone gets near him.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hands down Kelley Jones,best art on the book since Marshall Rogers.

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