George Pérez Cause of Death; What Happened To Him?
A message on his Facebook page revealed the George Pérez cause of death to be Pancreatic Cancer. The post made on Friday, May 7, 2022 revealed that he died from his long struggle with pancreatic cancer. The message on Pérez’s Facebook page said, “He was not in pain and knew he was very, very loved.”
George Pérez Biography
George Pérez (June 9, 1954 – May 6, 2022) was an American comic book artist and writer best known for his penciling skills. He rose to popularity as a penciler for Marvel Comics in the 1970s, and he returned to the franchise in the 1990s.
He penciled The New Teen Titans, which became one of DC Comics’ best-selling series, in the 1980s. He penciled DC’s classic limited book Crisis on Infinite Earths before relaunching Wonder Woman as both writer and penciller.
Meanwhile, he continued to work on other Marvel, DC, and other publishers’ books until the 2010s. He was noted for his ability to create complex crowd situations in a detailed and realistic manner.
George Pérez Career
Pérez began his career in the comics industry as an assistant to artist Rich Buckler in 1973, and he made his professional debut as penciler of an untitled two-page satire of Buckler’s character Deathlok, the star of that issue’s major feature, in Marvel Comics’ Astonishing Tales #25 (August 1974).
Pérez began working for DC Comics in 1980, while still illustrating The Avengers for Marvel. Pérez was offered the art duties for the premiere of The New Teen Titans, written by Wolfman, but it was the chance to draw Justice League of America that drew him in.
Pérez designed one of the alternate covers for the direct market publication of the annual Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide (36th edition) depicting Wonder Woman in May 2006.
He appeared as a guest artist in JSA #82 (April 2006) and was the cover artist for issues #82–87. In 2007, he collaborated with writer Mark Waid on the first 10 issues of DC’s The Brave and the Bold (vol. 2) series.
Pérez served as a fill-in artist on Infinite Crisis, the sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths.
In 2008–2009, he worked on Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds, contributing to every chapter of DC’s Crisis trilogy. He collaborated with Marv Wolfman on a 2017 direct-to-DVD rendition of the Teen Titans story arc “Judas Contract.”
In September 2011, DC debuted a new Superman series written by Pérez, with interior art by Jess Merino and Nicola Scott and breakdowns and cover art by Pérez. Pérez stayed on until the sixth issue. The New Teen Titans: Games hardback graphic novel was released the same month, reuniting Wolfman and Pérez’s creative team.
He inked the new Green Arrow book, which debuted around the same time, over artist Dan Jurgens’ pencils, reuniting the Teen Titans art team from the mid-1990s.
George Pérez Awards
Pérez shared a 1979 Eagle Award for Best Continued Story with Jim Shooter, Sal Buscema, and David Wenzel for his work on The Avengers #167–168 and 170–177. For Avengers #185, he earned the Eagle Award for Best Comicbook Cover in 1980. In 1986, he received the Eagle Award for Favorite Artist (Penciller). In 1983, Pérez won an Inkpot Award.
Pérez was one of the honorees in DC Comics’ 50th anniversary edition Fifty Who Made DC Great, published in 1985.
The New Teen Titans #50 received a nomination for the 1985 Jack Kirby Award for Best Single Issue for his work (alongside Marv Wolfman and Romeo Tanghal). In 1985 and 1986, his partnership with Wolfman garnered Crisis on Infinite Earths the Jack Kirby Award for Best Finite Series.
Pérez has won multiple Fan Awards from the Comics Buyer’s Guide. In 1983 and 1985, he was named “Favorite Artist,” and in 1987, he was named “Favorite Penciler.” He also won the “Favorite Cover Artist” award three years in a row, from 1985 to 1987. In 1985, Crisis on Infinite Earths was named “Favorite Limited Series.”
For his lifelong achievement in inking, Pérez received the Inkwell Awards Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award (SASRA) in 2022.