Famed comic book artist responsible for the reimagining of iconic characters from both DC and Marvel Comics died May 6, 2022 due to complications from pancreatic cancer.
As a writer, co-plotter, penciller and inker, George Pérez left an indelible mark on the world of comics, bringing pleasure to a legion of fans and influencing a whole generation of creative talent.
“George Pérez had an art style that was both dynamic and incredibly expressive,” said DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee. “His art was the perfect storytelling canvas for some of the most important events in DC history. While he will be sorely missed, his work will live on with a countless number of fans, as well as all the talent he’s influenced over the years.”
While at DC, Pérez’s art style was the perfect fit for “The New Teen Titans” with writer Marv Wolfman. Together, they changed the face of team comic books while elevating the status of several DC characters once thought of merely as sidekicks. Pérez was also the artistic force behind the groundbreaking “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” the maxiseries that not only celebrated DC’s 50th anniversary, but radically restructured DC character continuity.
“Just like all of the comic book fans that he was always so overjoyed at meeting at a signing or convention, I’ll forever cherish the time that I got to spend with George,” said DC Editor-in-Chief Marie Javins. “He was a one-of-a-kind person that brought so much joy to the world, and we are all better for having known George and his impressive body of work.”
Pérez also was a key figure in DC’s 1987 relaunch of “Wonder Woman,” bringing the character closer to her roots in Greek mythology. Pérez also left his mark on the Man of Steel, designing the look of villain Lex Luthor’s iconic battle suit in “Action Comics,” writing “The Adventures of Superman,” and providing breakdowns and covers for the New 52 version of “Superman” in 2011.
Recently, his groundbreaking work on the DC and Marvel crossover “JLA/Avengers” was reprinted with proceeds benefiting the Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in medical or financial need.