George Perez, a comic book industry veteran who helped redefine the DC Comics brand in the 1980s and 1990s with his work on titles like “Batman: The Dark Knight,” died at age 66 from cancer.
The “new comics” is a tribute to the late George Perez. He was a comic book industry professional who passed away on May 8th, 2018 after learning of his cancer diagnosis.
George Perez, one of the industry’s most recognizable performers, surprised fans today when he revealed that he had “inoperable” stage 3 pancreatic cancer, with a life expectancy of just six months to a year. Perez has decided to avoid chemotherapy and surgery in order to “simply let nature take its course and enjoy whatever time I have left as completely as possible with my lovely wife of over 40 years, my family, friends, and my fans.”
The idea of living in a world without George Perez has elicited a flood of love, support, and (yes) anguish from the whole comic book community. See how some of the industry’s greatest stars are reacting to the bad news about George Perez’s health in the video below:
Ande Parks is a company founded by Ande Parks.
The news about George Perez is really terrible.
December 7, 2021 — Ande Parks (@andeparks)
That’s all there is to it. We may come to a halt right now.
I commissioned George Perez to create a series of spreads showcasing my Extreme characters in 1993. The Youngblood spread is shown below. It’s stunning. pic.twitter.com/sYKBcQZCaU
December 7, 2021 — robliefeld (@robertliefeld)
The co-creator of Deadpool demonstrates how Perez’s work has affected his own.
I was there when he had his first Marvel story published. It was his first official duty. His very first Avengers issue. On Teen Titans, he had a legendary run. Since I was 12 years old, George Perez has been a significant part of my life. He will always be a part of my life. pic.twitter.com/DGLE1vyS3l
December 7, 2021 — Fabian Nicieza (@FabianNicieza)
George Perez, Deadpool’s other originator (and veteran Marvel/DC writer and editor), influenced his now-iconic career as well.
Carlos Pacheco is a Mexican actor.
WE ALL LOVE YOU, GEORGE PEREZ. Thank you for using every second of your life to make the world a better place. THANK YOU SO MUCH! pic.twitter.com/kWiKvFchLP
December 7, 2021 — Carlos Pacheco (@Cpachecoficial)
One artist, whose work has been often likened to Perez’s, continues to adore him.
George Perez turned me become a comic book lover. As a youngster, his work captivated me and became engraved in my memory as the ideal representation of a comic book. Thank you for bringing so much happiness to so many people’s lives. May he have a life full of love and respect. https://t.co/cyMkcYdAwY
December 7, 2021 — Jason Aaron (@jasonaaron)
George Perez’s work opened the way for the guy who is currently in charge of Marvel Comics’ Avengers.
George Perez, we all adore you; you are the finest. Thank you, mate, and a huge hug.
December 7, 2021 — David Aja (@davaja)
George Perez is one of the largest and finest influences on the guy whose comic artwork inspired Marvel’s new Hawkeye TV series.
What a courageous and heartfelt letter from George Perez, the all-time king of comic book art. How many children have become lifelong readers as a result of his lovely lines? How many artists was he responsible for encouraging to pursue their dreams? George, we respect and admire you. #ThankYouGeorgePerez https://t.co/Iytl3DOx78 pic.twitter.com/L9Oao8frbs
December 7, 2021 — Bill Rosemann (@BillRosemann)
One of Marvel’s biggest digital and gaming stars wouldn’t be where he is now if it weren’t for George Perez’s efforts, which can now be carried on via these new content platforms.
Despite the fact that I’d been creating comics professionally for 20 years at the time, I felt completely unprepared to share the dais with George Perez… Until George went out of his way to treat me like a peer. Exceptional courtesy.
December 7, 2021 — Phillip Hester (@philhester)
Phil Hester, a current Superman/Action Comics artist, shares a personal story of George Perez’s benevolence.
Dan Schkade is a writer and a musician.
As the intensity of the battle rises, holds, then breaks on one page, everything flows, nothing seems cramped, and the emotion – from two stoic characters no less — is evident. Kurt Busiek understood how to set this up, but George Pérez is the only person I can think of who could pull it off. https://t.co/3AHlGS96mo
December 7, 2021 — Dan Schkade (@DanSchkade)
Perez’s ability was required to make the DC/Marvel crossover event seem as big as it should have, according to artist Dan Schkade.
If you like comic books, you will enjoy George Pérez. Let us express our undying affection for him.
December 7, 2021 — El Torres (@ElTorres72)
Ironically, the most genuine and courteous letter to all of us fans comes from a Spanish horror comics creator…
This cover has, what, a billion characters on it? And each and every one of them seems distinct and unique. That is the caliber of George Perez. STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND ENJOY GEORGE PEREZ’S PERFORMANCE. pic.twitter.com/Hen5CKgg1J
December 7, 2021 — Tom Brennan, The Reason For The Season (@Brennanator)
Seriously, take a moment to appreciate what we have, what we have had, and what we will not have tomorrow.
extends its heartfelt condolences to George Perez, his family, friends, coworkers, and all those who have been affected by this news.
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