Comic artist George Perez has passed away at the age of 67

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George Perez’s family has announced that the legendary comic artist has passed away at the age of 67 due to complications from pancreatic cancer.

Perez announced his retirement from comics in Jan. 2019. He announced his fight with cancer in Dec. 2021.

The family released the following statement:

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.

George Perez’s Career

Perez began working in the comics industry in 1973 as Rich Buckler’s assistant, and then made his professional work debut in August 1974 in Astonishing Tales #25 for Marvel Comics. He continued to work for Marvel for several years and had a hand in creating characters such as Henry Gyrich with Jim Shooter, and Taskmaster while working with David Michelinie.

It was Perez’s work at DC Comics in the 1980s that launched him into the comics zeitgeist with his work on The New Teen Titans with writer Marv Wolfman. He would then go on to pencil one of the biggest storylines in DC history, Crisis on Infinite Earths. He also was the artist on the reboot of Wonder Woman in 1987 which still impacts the character to this day with the deeper integration with the Greek gods.

Perez would later return to Marvel for further work and ended up being the first penciler on the Infinity Gauntlet storyline written by Jim Starlin.

Throughout his career, he won numerous awards including the Eagle Award, Inkpot Award, Comics Buyer’s Guide Fan Awards, and several more.