Two weeks ago, we lost a legend in the comic book industry, Neal Adams, and now we’re mourning another titan, George Perez.
Born in 1954 in the South Bronx, the Puerto-Rican American writer, penciler, colorist, inker and more began his comics career in the 1970s, making his professional debut for a major publisher in August 1974 with Marvel Comics’ Astonishing Tales #25.
Perez would later go on to draw other Marvel titles such as The Avengers, The Inhumans, and The Fantastic Four, helping to create Henry Peter Gyrich and Taskmaster.
It would be in DC Comics where he would become best known for his work on The New Teen Titans, where he worked with writer Marv Wolfman and helped co-create the iconic DC Comics Event, Crisis on Infinite Earths. He also helped reboot Wonder Woman in 1987, where he wrote and penciled the story that tied the character heavily with the Greek Gods. This Story is still one of the major influences in hit films and animated shows decades later. He has worked for other companies such as IDW, Boom!, Image, and CrossGen.
His work went beyond the Comic Book Page. He was a co-chair of the Hero Initiative and helped Comic Creators in need. George was one of the most friendliest creators you could meet.
Pérez publicly announced his then-stage three pancreatic cancer diagnosis in December 2021, telling fans that the cancer was inoperable and doctors had given him six months to a year to live. The artist opted not to undergo treatment.
Pérez passed away on May 6, 2022 with his wife Carol and their family by his side. An open memorial service was scheduled to be held at MegaCon Orlando on May 22nd. According to Newsarama, DC will be publishing the All-Star Tribute to George Perez in their June Titles. Ever since the announcement of his passing, there have been tributes and Comic Artists and writers sharing their stories of the icon.
Thank you George for everything you have done for the Comic Book Industry, for the fans, and for your hard work and determination.
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