This is the second comic book artist that left this world over the last few days.
George Pérez made everything seem effortless, yet he is no longer around to share his creation with the rest of the world. The legendary artist’s style was both overwhelming and delicately elegant.
Yes, we’re talking about the wonderful artist who created and introduced Wonder Woman to existence. He inked DC’s classic limited book Crisis on Infinite Earths before relaunching Wonder Woman as both writer and penciler.
It is a great loss for the comic book industry to lose such a masterpiece. George was actually suffering from sickness for quite some time, and this is what we know.
George Pérez Died At The Age Of 67 Due To Cancer
Pérez died on May 6, 2022, as a result of pancreatic cancer complications. Constance Eza, a friend of his, said the next day that the 67-year-old artist “passed away yesterday, peacefully at home,” with his wife Carol and their family by his side.
On May 22, 2022, an open memorial service is scheduled at MegaCon Orlando.
George’s official Facebook page also shared the terrible news with his followers. According to the post, George was not in any agony and was very much loved.
It reads, “We are all very much grieving, but, at the same time, we are so incredibly grateful for the joy he brought to our lives. To know George was to love him, and he loved back. Fiercely and with his whole heart. The world is a lot less vibrant today without him in it.”
“He loved hearing your [followers] posts and seeing drawings you sent and tributes you made,” the statement continued.
George Perez Announced His Cancer Diagnosis Publicly
Pérez announced his cancer diagnosis in December, stating he had stage 3 pancreatic cancer. He was extremely open with his followers, so he shared this with everyone.
According to Perez, the cancer was surgically inoperable, and his life prognosis was between 6 months and a year.
The statement reads, “On November 29th, I received confirmation that, after undergoing surgery for a blockage in my liver, I have Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer. It is surgically inoperable, and my estimated life expectancy is between 6 months to a year.
I have been given the option of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, but after weighing all the variables and assessing just how much of my remaining days would be eaten up by doctor visits, treatments, hospital stays, and dealing with the often stressful and frustrating bureaucracy of the medical system, I’ve opted to just let nature take its course and I will enjoy whatever time I have left as fully as possible with my beautiful wife of over 40 years, my family, friends, and my fans.”
George Perez’s Journey To Prominence
The iconic artist rose to notoriety in the 1970s as the penciler for Marvel Comics’ The Avengers, and he returned to the franchise in the 1990s. In the 1980s, he created The New Teen Titans, which went on to become one of DC Comics’ best-selling series.
George continued to work on other comics released by Marvel, DC, and other companies into the 2010s. He was well-known for his meticulous and lifelike portrayal, as well as his ability to handle difficult crowd scenarios.
Pérez worked with Superman on several occasions over his career. During this voyage in 1991, Pérez experienced difficulties dealing with DC.
Pérez has remarked that he has struggled to write the War of the Gods plot since its conception, which lasted through the Wonder Woman comic and branched over into others, primarily owing to editorial issues.
Pérez believed that DC was not doing enough to commemorate Wonder Woman’s 50th anniversary. But he eventually came back.
George Pérez Retired From His Profession
Pérez revealed in January 2019 that he was officially retiring owing to numerous health difficulties and that he would only proceed to do a limited amount of convention-style head drawings on request, as well as visit a limited number of gatherings.
Perez penned, “In recent months, there has been a great deal of speculation as to the future of my career, my health, my ability to draw, and my future convention appearances.
As a result, I would like to clear up everything firsthand so that, hopefully, any rumors, speculation, and misinformation can be laid to rest.
With respect to future published work in comics and such … while I know it’s been no secret that I’ve been dealing with a myriad number of health issues [diabetes, heart ailments, vision issues, etc.], they have indeed have forced me to, for all intents and purposes, formally retire from the business of creating new comic stories.
DC Is Celebrating George Perez For All Of June
In April 2022, DC announced that it’s celebrating George Perez’s Birthday for all of June 2022.
DC penned, “All June Comics Will Feature A Double Page Spread in Honor of the Legendary Artist’s 68th Birthday on June 9.
DC will celebrate the 68th birthday of George Pérez, one of the titans of the comic industry, with a two-page spread featuring some of his most beloved characters in each of its June periodical releases.”
They also added, “In addition to being included in all of DC’s June issues, the tribute will also be featured as a variant cover for Dark Crisis #7. “
But it was for George’s 68th Birthday. Let’s see what DC will do now regarding this announcement.
Friends & Supporters Paid Tribute To George Perez On Social Media
Many people, including friends and supporters, admired Pérez. On social media, DC and Marvel also paid tribute to George Perez.
Marvel penned, “George Pérez was an artist, a writer, a role model, and a friend. His work paved seminal stories across comics, and his legacy of kindness and generosity will never be forgotten.
Our family at Marvel mourns his loss today, and our hearts are with his family and loved ones.”
George Pérez was an artist, a writer, a role model, and a friend. His work paved seminal stories across comics, and his legacy of kindness and generosity will never be forgotten. Our family at Marvel mourns his loss today, and our hearts are with his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/Z61gXE1zk4
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) May 7, 2022
DC penned, “George Pérez made everything look effortless. His contributions were pivotal in both driving and reinventing DC’s long and rich history.
George’s stories were a joy to read, and his work resonated with everyone he met. He will be missed by those here at DC and fans worldwide.”
George Pérez made everything look effortless. His contributions were pivotal in both driving and reinventing DC’s long and rich history. George’s stories were a joy to read, and his work resonated with everyone he met. He will be missed by those here at DC and fans worldwide. pic.twitter.com/g8lMC62tK5
— DC (@DCComics) May 7, 2022
George Perez & Wonder Woman.
He was a true visionary who took Wonder Woman to new heights…
RIP George Pérez. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/u3CfzzXZ0i
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) May 7, 2022
Breaks our hearts.
George Perez never went half way, in art or life. He pushed the limit of what a comic could do: his style was somehow, impossibly both overwhelmingly powerful and subtly graceful. He matched his passion for his trade with his passion for his fans and friends. RIP breaks my heart. pic.twitter.com/TPp78JC38d
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) May 7, 2022
There was such a joy in George’s work.
— David Mandel (@DavidHMandel) May 7, 2022
Neal Adams & George Perez.
It's truly just unfathomable to imagine that we literally lost one of probably the top five most beloved comic book artists one week and then another one of the top five most beloved comic book artists the FOLLOWING week. RIP, Neal Adams and George Perez.
— Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin) May 7, 2022
A great artist.
George Perez had the most perfect career in comics. Teen Titans, Infinity Gauntlet, The Avengers and, of course, the magnificent Crisis on Infinite Earths. But his Justice League run eclipsed all for me as a child and I re-read it regularly. RIP to a great artist & a great man. pic.twitter.com/QEkK0D8XMa
— Millarworld (@mrmarkmillar) May 7, 2022
Perez will forever be missed. And his artistic work will live on for decades. You are welcome to express your feelings in the comments section below.