Dear comic artist George Perez died at the age of 67. The legendary creator, who has a long history for both Marvel and DC, was confirmed this Saturday as having passed away on Friday, May 6th. Pérez had previously revealed to the public that he had been diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer last December.
“George passed away peacefully at home yesterday with his wife of 490 months and family by his side,” a family representative said in a statement shared on social media. “He was in no pain and knew he was loved very, very much.” The statement continues:
We all grieve greatly, but at the same time we are so incredibly grateful for the joy he brought into our lives. to know George was to love him; and he loved back. With heart and soul. The world today is much less alive without him. He loved you all. He loved hearing your posts and seeing the drawings you sent and the tributes you did. He was deeply proud to have brought so much joy to so many people.
Pérez made his mark in the comic book industry at a young age by penciling Marvel’s signature titles The Avengers in the 1970s, a role he later returned to in the 1990s. Between his stints at the House of Ideas, Pérez – born in the South Bronx in 1954 to two Puerto Rican parents – moved to DC. Some of his best-known work for the competition includes helping transform the titular team in The new teen titans and served as an artist on the seminal Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover event that changed the shape of comics forever, both of which he worked on with frequent collaborator Marv Wolfman.
The Perez family statement continued:
Everyone knows George’s legacy as a creator. His art, characters and stories will be revered for years to come. But powerful as that legacy is, it pales in comparison to the legacy of the man who was George. George’s true legacy is his kindness. It’s the love he had for bringing joy to others – and I hope you all carry that with you always.
His death also comes on a notable day for the comics community, Free Comic Book Day, when publishers offer free editions to encourage people to read. As Perez’s family points out, the day reflects his generosity.
Today is Free Comics Day. A day George absolutely loved and a fitting day to remember his contributions to comics and our lives. I hope you enjoy your day with him in mind. He would have liked that.
DC Comics has paid tribute to Pérez with a statement of its own, citing his “decisive” contributions to the “long and rich history” of the superhero universe.
George Pérez is survived by his wife Carol and the family asks his many fans around the world to keep her in their thoughts. A memorial service will be held at MegaCon Orlando on Sunday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m., which is open to all.
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