RIP legendary comic book artist George Pérez

George Perez

George Perez
Photography: Gabriel Olsen (Getty Images)

George Pérez died. Legendary comic artist and writer whose work has defined the appearance of many of DC’s and Marvel’s greatest comics from the mid-70s forward, Pérez was celebrated for running the Avengers, New Teen Titans, Superman, Wonderful woman, and more. Among other things, he was heralded as one of the great ones superhero crowd scene artists in media history; few people are ever clean packed as many colorful and distinctive costumed characters into one full page as George Perez. Per Diversity, Pérez died this week from pancreatic cancer. He was 67 years old.

Pérez started at Marvel, serving as an assistant artist before getting a regular pencil gig drawing a reserve for The deadly hands of Kung Fu. In 1975, he moved to the major leagues when he took over artistic duties the Avengers. He would spend the next five years on the book, drawing virtually every member of the Avengers in team history; at the same time, his work began to spread across the Marvel line, appearing in Inhumans, Fantastic Fourand other books, and building a reputation as one of the company’s artists.

However, in 1980. Pérez began to pay attention to him with Marvel’s biggest rivals, taking over the pen duty at DC Justice League of Americaand, most importantly, New Teen Titans, on which he worked with former Marvel collaborator Marv Wolfman. WolfmanPerez Teen Titans running was very influential (and successful) one, representing the group Robin / Starfire / Cyborg / Beast Boy / Raven which was central many team views. Also made stars of both Pérez and Wolfman, to the extent that, when DC was looking for a team to lead one of the biggest events in its then 50-year history, they were a natural choice for it.

The crisis on endless Earthswhich came out from 1985 to 1986, among other things, testifies to Pérez’s unquestionable the ability to draw an absolutely absurd number of different superheroes in conflict; during his series of 12 editions, telling the story of a reality collapsing under the onslaught of Anti-Monitor substrates, Pérez eventually drew almost every character in a cloak in the company’s history. His the famous cover of the seventh edition of the seriesin which Superman cries holding the body of his cousin Supergirl, is rightly celebrated as one of the most picturesque paintings of the 20th centuryentury comics; open emotions, religious posing and looking at dozens of other heroes watching them in shocked silhouette solidify your place as pure, unadulterated Perez.

Although most often attributed to the artist, Pérez was too without fear of writing comics; first of all, he took the lead inCrisis version of Wonderful womansuccessfully launching a new version of the character as a cartoonist (and eventually a full writer) and pencil. The return to the basics of the version of the character, which emphasized its connection to Greek myth, was very successful and extremely influential; any number of the future Wonderful woman stories, including Movie version by Patty Jenkinswould merit Pérez’s character as inspiration.

However, in the 1990s, Pérez began to resent the editorial demands of seniors in DC – and the time pressures of art production for more high-profile books. Returning back to Marvel after difficulties in a comic book about DC events, he stumbled upon a six-edition miniseries Infinity Glove—Inspiration for most of Thanos’ work lately the Avengers movies. Pérez ultimately drew just half of the series, before duties returned Silver surfer artist Ron Lim.

Even so, Pérez was still George Perez. For the next 20 years of comic book history, he returned regularly to work for both companies –celebrated running on the Avengers here, turn at Superman there –while also carrying out his independent efforts. (Among other things, he is a rare artist to have he contributed all three of DC’s great comics “Crisis,” lending art to both An endless crisis and The final crisis in the new millennium.) Pérez continued to produce comic art until the mid-2010s, until health problems forced him to finally officially retire in 2019.

In addition to his creative work, Pérez was also an advocate of helping creators the industry is working hard; he was co-chair of The Hero Initiative, which raises money to help comics professionals in need. His death was announced this week by his friend Constance Eza, who wrote: “It didn’t hurt him and he knew he was very, very loved.”

It pays homage Pérez, from fans, contemporaries and an unspeakable number of artists inspired by his work, have already started going out on social media.

Leave a Comment