On December 17, artist Norm Breyfogle was hospitalized due to a stroke. For many Batman fans, Norm Breyfogle stands out as one of the top artists from late 20th Century where he was the penciller for Detective Comics from 1987 until 1993 as well as working on the Batman series from 1990 to 1992. Breyfogle has most recently been seen illustrating Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger and Batman Beyond.
Breyfogle’s ex-wife, Barbara De La Rue, updated fans on his Facebook page stating:
This is Barb I’m norm’s ex from California. Norm won’t be answering any txt’s from you friends out there. Norm just had a stroke and is in the hospital. Please keep him in your thoughts and your prayers. At this point norm is expecting a full recovery but time will tell.
Since the original posting, De Le Rue informed friends and fans that Breyfogle has since been moved to a local care facility near his family in upper Michigan.
His whole left side is paralyzed and he fears not being able to walk or even draw ever again. since he draws with his left hand. But, at the same time he is trying to keep positive and wants to get better.
Facing mounting bills for prolonged nursing care and daily therapy, family and friends organized a crowdsourcing fundraiser on Breyfogle’s behalf through YouCaring.com. Long-time creator Gerry Conway also called on Breyfogle’s long-time employer, DC Comics, to join the cause:
Fans can find more on the fundraising page.