Who was George Perez? We review the career of one of the great comic legends

George Pérez worked for Marvel and DC, and was key in The Avengers, The Teen Titans and Crisis on Infinite Earths

Legendary comic book artist George Pérez has passed awayhis family announced on Saturday, May 7.

According to a message on his Facebook page, passed away on Friday May 6 “in peace at home with his wife [Carol] and his family by his side. He had no pain and he knew that he was very, very loved ».

George Pérez’s start in the comics industry

Born June 9, 1954 in Puerto Rico, George Pérez started in the industry in the early 70s at Marvel Comicswriting stories in titles like Astonishing Tales Y Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu.

Then, he went on to become the regular artist of the Avengers for more than 20 issues, co-creating task master and drawing part of the famous Saga of Korvac.

Stage of George Pérez in DC Comics

After a period with Marvel telling stories of Fantastic four and the inhumans, Perez moved to DCwhere he was in charge of the drawing tasks for the justice league of america after the death of the veteran artist Dick Dillin.

From that moment on, Pérez became the artist for the New Teen Titansrenewing the team together with the writer marv wolfman and being one of the most popular comics of its time. During his time in the teen titans, Pérez designed the first Nightwing costume.

After his period in the youth team, he took the job of main artist in Crisis on Infinite Earths DCwhere he developed his attachment to the pages where large numbers of characters appear.

George Pérez crisis on infinite earths

Later, Pérez renewed wonder-woman with a new origin and style, taking the character back to his roots in Greek mythology.

George Perez returns to Marvel Comics

In the early 1990s, Pérez returned to Marvel Comics for The Infinity Gauntlet as the main artist for the event.. For a time, Pérez accepted selective projects, including Hulk Future Imperfect by Peter David in which he co-created Maestro, the evil future version of Hulk. Perez then became the artist for the Avengers era relaunch. Heroes Return next to the writer Kurt Busiek.

George Perez the infinity gauntlet

Busiek and Pérez returned the Avengers to a more classic state after the controversial Heroes Reborn relaunch.

The fulfilled dream of George Pérez

Pérez’s time in the Avengers ended with the fulfillment of a dream that had been preparing for the artist since the early 1980s, with the publication of JLA/Avengers alongside his partner, Busiek. Possibly, This is the biggest story of all the official Marvel/DC crossovers over the years..

George Perez avengers justice league

Although he went ahead with new projects after JLA/Avengers, Pérez announced his retirement from comics in 2019, citing his health as the central factor in his decision..

George Pérez, one of the great legends of superhero comics

In December 2021, Perez announced a terminal cancer diagnosis along with his resolution to spend what time he has left with friends and family and even connect with his fans.. “I just want to be able to say goodbye with smiles and tears,” Pérez said.

“We are all deeply grieving but, at the same time, incredibly grateful for the joy he brought into our lives,” the May 7 Facebook statement read. “To know George was to love him, and he loved too. Fiercely and with all his heart. The world is much less vibrant today without him.”

“He loved them all. He loved listening to their posts and seeing the drawings they sent and the tributes they made. He was deeply proud to have brought so much joy to so many».

“Everyone knows about George’s legacy as a creator. His art, characters and stories from him will be revered for years to come. But as imposing as that legacy is, it pales in comparison to the legacy of the man that George was. George’s true legacy is his kindness. It’s the love he had for bringing joy to others, and I hope you all carry that with you always.”

“Today is Free Comic Book Day. A day George loved and a fitting day to remember his contributions to comics and to our lives. I hope you enjoy your day today with him in mind. He would have loved it.”

A memorial service for George Pérez will be held at MEGACON Orlando at 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 22 and will be open to all.

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