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Steve Saffel, Carol Perez, and George Perez {image via Steve Saffel’s Facebook page}

We regret to confirm the death of legendary comic book artist George Pérez of inoperable stage 4 cancer.

He died on the morning of May 6, at home. surrounded by family.

George was the stereotypical “gentle giant,” a big man with a bigger heart. Before multiple illnesses he had a head of curly dark hair. Recent photos of him revealed a bald pate. Complications from diabetes forced him to retire; he lost the vision in one eye. Later he suffered from liver problems,and eventually he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer ( the same disease that killed Felix Silla).

George Perez was born June 9, 1954, in New York City.

He was a welcome guest at many conventions, and a fan favorite for his artwork as well as his genial personality.

George Pérez was an award-winning illustrator. As an penciller and inker, he raised comic book drawing to high art. He helped create some of DC’s most popular modern characters.

George Pérez was best known for his collaborations with Marv Wolfman on NewTeen Titans and Crisis on Infinite Earths. Of Pierto Rican heritage himself, George Pérez and Bill Mantlo co-created White Tiger, the first Puerto Rican superhero in American comic books.

George was also known for his work on The Avengers for Marvel and Wonder Woman for DC. He and writer David Michelinie co-created the villain Taskmaster.

Between his work on JLA, The Avengers, Fantastic Four, and Crisis on Infinite Earths, there very few Marvel or DC characters he hasn’t drawn.

George is survived by his wife Carol, and his brothrer David. a niece and nephew, and possibly up to hundreds of millions of adoring fans. He announced on November 29, 2021 that his doctors had given him six to twelve months to live. Millions of fans began their mourning then, leaving his actual death a sad formality. He will never be forgotten, not so long as comic books exist.

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Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.

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