Legendary comic book artist George Pérez died on Friday, May 6th, his family announced on Saturday. Pérez, a beloved comic book artist, died peacefully with his family at his side. After announcing his diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, the artist revealed he would spend his remaining days with his family and friends. Accolades immediately begin to flow honoring Pérez, including publishers DC Comics and Marvel reprinting a special edition of the JLA/Avengers crossover to support the Hero Initiative, the charitable foundation that was near and dear to Pérez’s heart. Recently, DC Comics chose to honor the famed artist further by commissioning a special 2-page spread done by some of today’s best artists. This spread is set to appear in every DC comic book in the month of June.
A native of Puerto Rico, Pérez began his career in the comic book industry in the early 1970s at Marvel Comics, penciling back up stories in several titles. He is also credited with co-creating Puerto Rican superhero White Tiger alongside writer Bill Mantlo, as well as Taskmaster with writer David Michelinie.
After spending time at Marvel, Pérez went and worked at DC Comics. There he worked on several projects, one of the most notable being The New Teen Titans with writer Marv Wolfman, where they re-vitalized the one-time sidekicks to some of DC’s greatest heroes, making it one of the most popular comics at the time. When DC Comics celebrated their 50th anniversary, they selected Pérez as the penciller of the maxi-series.
DC Comics released a statement honoring the late artist. “George Pérez had an art style that was both dynamic and incredibly expressive,” Publisher & Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee said in the statement. “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.”
“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.”
Marvel Comics also released a statement on Twitter honoring the artist:
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
The full statement from the Pérez family posted to the George Pérez fan page on Facebook appears below:
To all of George’s fans and friends,
Constance here, with the update no one wants to read. George passed away yesterday, peacefully at home with his wife of 490 months and family by his side. He was not in pain and knew he was very, very loved.
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 all of you. He loved hearing your posts and seeing the drawings you sent and the tributes you made. He was deeply proud to have brought so much joy to so many.
Everyone knows George’s legacy as a creator. His art, characters and stories will be revered for years to come. But, as towering as that legacy is, it pales in comparison to the legacy of the man George was. George’s true legacy is his kindness. It’s the love he had for bringing others joy – and I hope you all carry that with you always.
Today is Free Comic Book Day. A day George absolutely loved and a fitting day to remember his contributions to comics and to our lives. I hope you’ll enjoy your day today with him in mind. He would have loved that.
Please keep his wife Carol in your thoughts and again, I thank you for respecting her privacy. I remain available through the contact on the page.
George’s memorial service will take place at MEGACON Orlando at 6pm on Sunday, May 22nd. It will be open to all. Details to follow.
We will miss him always.
We here at GrandAdmiral.net pass our deepest condolences to George Pérez’s family in this time of grief. His life and his work will be remembered by fans both near and far.