Norm Breyfogle, comic art maestro known for his work on DC's
"Batman," gave the characters of "The .40 Caliber Mousehunt"
Born Feb. 27, 1960, Norm is a quadruple Pisces and a child of the
60s. His family moved around a lot when he was a child and books,
movies, and graphic storytelling became his most constant
companions and friends.
At age 12, Norm began taking private art lessons with commerical
artist Andrew Benson in Carpentersville, Ill., and after a year of this
Norm decided he wanted to become a professinal artist instead of
following up on his other interests at the time: philosophy and
Norms family moved to Michigan in 1974, and after graduating
High School in Houghton he majored in Illustration at Northern
Michigan University (1978 - 1982), and moved to Santa Maria,
California in 1982. Norm then began sending samples of his work to
comic book companies and attending comic book conventions while
working as a drafter and technical illustrator at various California
The artist rep agency Star Reach began representing him and soon
Norm was drawing comics professionally, starting on First Comics
"Whisper" and then moving to DC Comics where he lent his talents
to many DC characters, most notably "Batman."
Since then Norm has worked for most comics companies at one time or another, along the way co-creating
"Prime" for Malibu Comics and creating "Metaphysique" for Malibus Bravura Line of creator-owned comics.
In addition to being a visual artist, Norm writes articles, poetry, and is working on a novel. He resides in Upper
Michigan, where he can be reached via his Web site through which he works on commissions for his fans and
sells his original comic art pages.
Recently, Norm illustrated"The Dangers Dozen" for the Bermuda-based company A First Salvo.
Stephen Pytak, Becki White and Angela Guldin all contributed to
the development of The .40 Caliber Mouse symbol.
Stephen designed it, drawing free hand with pencil.
He hired Angela to redraw it and make it look smooth and
Becki added the circle.
Then Stephen added the red eye.
The logo is owned by Stephen Pytak. He registered it with the
United States Copyright Office and The United States Patent and
Trademark Office. After a year of work, he received that registered
trademark in September 2008.
The symbol appears not only in our books and Web sites, but
T-shirts and varsity jackets we have for sale in our CATALOG.